Postgraduate Teaching Programme (PGT)

October 19-20, 2019

The UEG Week PGT offers two days of excellent Continuing Medical Education per year. The programme focuses on the relevance for the clinical day-to-day business and provides profound updates of latest developments in GI and hepatology topics.

3-year curriculum

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The PGT follows a 3-year curriculum, which is based on recommendations of the ESBGH Curriculum – The Blue Book. It covers all major topics in GI and hepatology, split into a 2-days educational programme per year. 

The PGT programme focuses on the relevance for the clinical day to-day business and includes interactive audience voting, tricky clinical cases, controversial debates and exciting video cases.

Delegates can start the curriculum at any year of the cycle and will receive a certificate once they have completed all three years. 2019 is year 3 of the curriculum!

Curriculum topics and learning objectives

Find out which topics each year the curriculum covers and which learning objectives will be met:

Faecal incontinence Infectious colitis including clostridium difficile
✓ Pathophysiology and differential diagnosis of faecal incontinence
✓ Current tests of anorectal motor and sensory function
✓ Therapeutic management: Conservative, pharmacological, behavioural and surgical modalities
✓ Evaluation, differential diagnosis and management of patients with acute diarrhoea
✓ Clostridium difficile: First-line management and recurrent infections
✓ Faecal transplantation: Indications and modalities
Management of abdominal emergencies Management of early colorectal cancer
✓ Overview of potential causes of the acute abdomen (non-surgical and surgical)
✓ Clinical assessment, laboratory and imaging diagnostic tools
✓ Initial therapeutic management of the acute abdomen
✓ Screening strategies according to risk stratification
✓ Endoscopic detection, characterisation and reporting
✓ Therapeutic management: From endoscopy to surgery
Endoscopy / Imaging
Malignant biliary obstruction Advanced diagnostic endoscopy
✓ Differential diagnosis of biliary strictures: Clinical assessment, laboratory tests, imaging techniques and tissue acquisition
✓ The role of endoscopy and surgery in the management of malignant biliary strictures
✓ Techniques for enhancing endoscopic vision: Chromo-endoscopy, high definition, NBI, FICE and endo-microscopy
✓ Intraductal exploration with cholangioscopy
✓ Enhancing EUS: Elastography, sonoview and endo-microscopy
Extraintestinal manifestations of IBD Early management of IBD
✓ Epidemiology of extra-intestinal manifestations of IBD (PSC, skin, joints)
✓ Clinical manifestations and diagnostic strategy
✓ Therapeutic considerations with relation to IBD
✓ Differential diagnosis of the patient with chronic diarrhoea
✓ Diagnostic work-up and use of laboratory tests, imaging and endoscopy
✓ Therapeutic management in early stages
Difficult to treat IBD  
✓ How to define treatment failure and refractory IBD
✓ Infectious complications to consider
✓ Therapeutic options in patients failing biological agents
✓ The role of surgery in refractory cases
Assessment of liver function Diagnostic work-up of a liver nodule
✓ When to assess liver function
✓ What methods are available for liver function assessment
✓ How to predict and prevent liver failure prior to major surgery
✓ Differential diagnosis of liver nodules in the non-cirrhotic and cirrhotic liver
✓ Diagnostic management: Imaging modalities and when to obtain tissue
✓ Therapeutic management: Surveillance or treatment (except HCC)
NAFLD and NASH Viral hepatitis (excluding hepatitis C)
✓ Epidemiological concerns regarding NAFLD/ NASH
✓ How to differentiate from alcoholic liver disease?
✓ Relationship with the metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular diseases
✓ Risk stratification
✓ Therapeutic management
✓ The changing epidemiology of viral hepatitis
✓ Diagnostic modalities for viral hepatitis
✓ Therapeutic management
✓ Long-term complications
Benign causes of oesophageal dysphagia Management of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease
✓ Clinical presentation and differential diagnosis of dysphagia
✓ Diagnostic modalities for determining diagnosis
✓ Therapeutic management of benign oesophageal dysphagia (eosinophilic oesophagitis, oe-sophageal motility disorders etc.)
✓ Concepts of GORD pathophysiology
✓ Appropriate use of different modalities for GORD diagnosis (pH metry, pH-impedance etc.)
✓ Pharmacological therapy
✓ Non-pharmacological therapy, including endoscopic procedures and surgery
Pancreas and biliary tract
Early management of acute pancreatitis Pancreatic adenocarcinoma
✓ Initial management of severe acute pancreatitis (hydration, the use of antibiotics, nutrition) and how to stage severity in acute pancreatitis
✓ Determination of aetiology
✓ The potential role of ERCP in acute biliary pancreatitis
✓ Diagnostic work-up and pitfalls of available diagnostic modalities
✓ Therapeutic management: Chemotherapy and surgery
✓ Palliation: The role of endoscopy, nutrition and pain management
Small bowel
Chronic intestinal failure Coeliac disease
✓ Causes of chronic intestinal failure
✓ Short and long-term complications of chronic intestinal failure
✓ Management of chronic intestinal failure: TPN and beyond
✓ Coeliac disease: Epidemiology, diagnosis and therapeutic management
✓ How to differentiate between coeliac disease, eosinophilic gastroenteritis, food allergies, non-coeliac gluten sensitivity and IBS
✓ Refractory coeliac disease
Dyspepsia and gastroparesis Upper GI bleeding
✓ Definition and differential diagnosis of nausea and vomiting
✓ Use of diagnostic tests such as imaging procedures and gastric emptying time
✓ Pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapy for gastroparesis
✓ Management of functional dyspepsia
✓ Clinical assessment, investigation and therapy for acute upper GI bleeding
✓ Management of patients on anticoagulant and anti-platelet therapy, both in the acute situation and before diagnostic or therapeutic endoscopy
H. pylori  
✓ Epidemiology and consequences of H. pylori infection
✓ Available diagnostic modalities and their pitfalls
✓ Effects on H. pylori infection on other organs and diseases
✓ Eradication schemes and treatment resistance
Video Case Sessions
Endoscopic treatment of lower GI bleeding Endoscopic diagnosis and management of biliary strictures and of benign pancreatic disease including cysts
✓ Performance of oesophageal and duodenal stenting
✓ Diagnosis and treatment of lower GI bleeding
✓ The role of endoscopy in IBD surveillance and stricture management
✓ Various means of endoscopic diagnosis of biliary strictures
✓ Techniques of endoscopic management of biliary and pancreatic strictures
✓ The role of EUS in pancreatic lesion diagnosis
Chronic diarrhoea Colorectal cancer: Staging, surgery and adjuvant therapies
✓ Differential diagnosis of chronic diarrhoea
✓ Different tools for the diagnostic work-up
✓ Therapeutic management (including microscopic colitis, bile acid diarrhoea etc.)
✓ Guidelines for staging and importance of multidisciplinary team discussion for optimal therapy
✓ Surgery for curative operations plus enhanced recovery programmes
✓ Surgery for liver metastases including timing
✓ Modalities of adjuvant chemotherapy
Colorectal polyps IBS
✓ Classification and endoscopic characterisation
✓ Management and surveillance for sporadic polyps
✓ Familial syndromes: Presentation and management
✓ Diagnosis of IBS: What is the optimal work-up?
✓ Medical treatment options for IBS according to the clinical presentation (IBS-C, IBS-D)
✓ Dietary management of IBS
✓ Psychosocial management
Lower GI bleeding  
✓ Clinical assessment, investigation and therapy for acute lower GI bleeding
✓ Diagnosis and management of small and large bowel ischaemia
Endoscopy / Imaging
Advanced endoscopic techniques  
✓ EMR, ESD and full thickness resection: Technical modalities and indications
✓ ERCP for large stones
✓ Overview on EUS-guided therapeutic procedures
Management of ulcerative colitis: The acute patient Cancer and IBD
✓ The hospitalized patient with acute colitis: Differential diagnosis
✓ Medical management of UC
✓ Surgery: Timing, types, outcome determining factors
✓ Pathophysiology of link between chronic inflammation and carcinogenesis
✓ Surveillance schemes in patient with IBD according to risk factors
✓ How to manage findings: Surgery and endoscopy
Management of Crohn's disease  
✓ Medical treatment algorithms
✓ Objective measures for treatment and the role of complete mucosal healing
✓ Interdisciplinary approach for peri-anal fistula
Hepatitis C Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)
✓ Epidemiology, risk factors, natural history and complications of hepatitis C
✓ Therapeutic management including mechanism of action of new drugs, safety profile and costs
✓ Management of the difficult patient (double infection, cirrhosis, pregnancy, acute liver failure etc.)
✓ Diagnostic modalities and differential diagnosis
✓ Staging and classifications
✓ Treatment algorithms and the role of liver transplantation
Liver and pregnancy  
✓ Overview of specific liver diseases in pregnancy, according to birth term.
✓ Other liver diseases diagnosed during pregnancy
✓ Management of liver diseases, including when to terminate pregnancy
Barrett’s oesophagus Non-cardiac chest pain
✓ Epidemiology, aetiology and the risk of cancer
✓ Diagnosis and classification
✓ Surveillance schemes according to risk
✓ Chemoprevention
✓ Endoscopic management
✓ Differential diagnosis of oesophageal chest pain
✓ How to investigate (use of reflux studies and manometry)?
✓ Pharmacological therapy: PPI and beyond
Pancreas and biliary tract
Autoimmune disease of liver and bile ducts Cholangiocarcinoma
✓ Differential diagnosis and therapy of autoimmune liver disease (AIH, PBC, PSC and other cholangiopathies)
✓ Typical symptoms, histology, sensitivity and specificity of serology of autoimmune liver disease
✓ Alternative diagnosis to exclude
✓ Natural course of the disease and possible therapeutic interventions
✓ Diagnosis, classification and staging of cholangiocarcinoma
✓ Indications and modalities for surgical resection
✓ Indications for pre-operative tissue acquisition and stenting
✓ The role of endoscopy and radiology for palliation and their limitations
Cystic pancreatic lesions Gallstones and complications
✓ Differential diagnosis of cystic pancreatic lesions and the role of CT, MRI and EUS
✓ Natural history of pancreatic cystic lesions
✓ Management of cystic pancreatic lesions and the indications of surgery
✓ Clinical symptoms and imaging modalities for diagnosis of bile stones
✓ Managing symptomatic bile stone disease and defining indication and timing of EUS, ERCP and cholecystectomy
✓ Indication and timing of ERCP in acute biliary pancreatitis
Small bowel
Malabsorption Small bowel imaging and endoscopy
✓ Mechanisms of nutrient absorption and pathophysiology of malabsorption
✓ Clinical features and differential diagnosis of the underlying diseases
✓ Therapeutic management
✓ Overview of available modalities for small bowel imaging (enteroscopy, capsule endoscopy, radiology studies, MRI)
✓ How to choose a technique according to the underlying disease
✓ Occult blood loss: How to investigate
Bariatric surgery Gastric cancer
✓ Indications, different techniques for bariatric surgery and their mechanisms of actions
✓ Complications following bariatric surgery and endoscopic management
✓ Long-term physiological changes following bariatric surgery and metabolic complications
✓ Epidemiology, risk factors and screening requirements
✓ Diagnostic modalities for early and advanced cancer (including chromoendoscopy, electronic chromoendoscopy and imaging procedures)
✓ Therapeutic management: endoscopy and surgery
Video Case Sessions
Endoscopic assessment and treatment of gastrointestinal bleeding Poly handling and advanced endoscopic therapy
✓ Diagnosis and management of upper GI bleeding
✓ Diagnosis and management of small bowel bleeding
✓ Diagnosis and management of lower GI bleeding
✓ Assessment of colorectal polyps
✓ Treatment of colorectal polyps
✓ Treatment of endoscopic and surgical complications
Advanced colorectal cancer Constipation
✓ Assessment and imaging of locally advanced colorectal cancer
✓ Down-staging: Role of radio/chemotherapy before surgery
✓ Management of local recurrence, including radiotherapy salvage surgery and endoscopy
✓ Treatment for the elderly poor-risk patient with rectal cancer, the role of stenting and radiotherapy
✓ Diagnostic work-up of constipated patients depending on age and symptoms
✓ Role of diet, physical activity, fluid intake etc.
✓ Medical therapy
✓ Biofeedback and other behavioural treatment alternatives
✓ Indications for surgery, including sacral nerve stimulation
Diverticular disease Proctology
✓ Pathogenesis
✓ Symptomatic management of diverticulosis
✓ Acute diverticulitis management
✓ Role of imaging and endoscopy
✓ Indications for surgery
✓ Diagnosis and management of common anorectal problems (including haemorrhoids and fissures, pruritus ani)
✓ Investigation and management of anal fistula (including imaging and surgical management)
✓ Defecatory disorders related to pelvic floor dysfunction, i.e. outlet obstruction
Endoscopy / Imaging
Quality in endoscopic practice
✓ Understanding the importance of establishing quality measurements in endoscopy
✓ Overview of the different quality measurements in OGD and colonoscopy
✓ How to set up a safe and efficient endoscopic service
✓ Insights in safety issues regarding sterilisation and radioprotection
How to use drugs in IBD Management of ulcerative colitis (UC)
✓ Modalities of therapeutic drug monitoring (dosing of biological and optimising thiopurine metabolism)
✓ Prevention and management of drug-related complications
✓ Standard therapeutic management of patients with UC
✓ 5-ASA therapy: Optimal use
✓ Therapy with thiopurines, anti-TNF and combination therapy in UC and the use of newer pharmacological agents
✓ Surgery in UC: When should it be considered?
Monitoring of disease activity in IBD  
✓ Objective measures of disease activity
✓ Ultrasound, MRT and endoscopy
✓ Biochemical markers
Alcoholic liver disease Complications of liver cirrhosis
✓ Epidemiology of alcoholic liver diseases
✓ Diagnosis and treatment of alcoholic hepatitis
✓ Indications for liver transplantation
✓ Management of alcohol dependence
✓ Ascites: Diagnostic and therapeutic approach
✓ Diagnosis and treatment of hepatic encephalopathy
✓ Nutrition and cirrhosis
✓ Management of portal hypertension and its complications
Fulminant hepatitis, liver failure and liver transplantation  
✓ Diagnosis of fulminant liver failure, including differential diagnosis
✓ Non-specific management
✓ Transplantation and acute liver failure
Oesophageal cancer Swallowing disorders: Oropharyngeal dysphagia
✓ Overview of diagnosis and staging
✓ Discuss management of early oesophageal cancer
✓ Review the role of radiotherapy, surgery and chemotherapy
✓ Causes of oropharyngeal dysphagia
✓ Swallowing in health and disease
✓ Initial bedside and specialist investigation
✓ Diagnostic strategy
✓ Treatment of oropharyngeal dysphagia and other symptoms
Pancreas and biliary tract
Autoimmune pancreatitis Chronic pancreatitis
✓ Epidemiology, clinical presentation and subtypes of auto-immune pancreatitis
✓ Diagnostic work-up and differential diagnosis with pancreatic cancer
✓ Current treatment options
✓ Review long-term complications and associated disorders
✓ Pathophysiological mechanisms
✓ Clinical aspects of chronic pancreatitis, including etiological factors, symptoms and complications
✓ Therapeutic management strategy
Complications of severe acute pancreatitis Neuroendocrine tumours
✓ Optimal management of severe acute necrotizing pancreatitis
✓ Clinical and imaging aspects of pancreatic collections
✓ Indications, timing, therapeutic modalities for drainage (surgical, endoscopic, radiological)
✓ Carcinogenetic mechanisms of P-NETs
✓ Review clinical presentation, classification and diagnostic work-up
✓ Discuss curative, symptomatic and palliative therapeutic algorithm
Small bowel
Obstruction and ileus Small bowel tumours
✓ Causes and investigation of ileus, including differentiation between ileus, ischaemia and obstruction
✓ Management of intestinal ileus
✓ Management of acute intestinal obstruction surgical and endoscopic
✓ Management of chronic intestinal pseudoobstruction and palliation of malignant obstruction
✓ Clinical symptoms and diagnostic work-up
✓ Differential diagnosis of underlying disorders (celiac disease, IBD, and others): A review
✓ Therapeutic management
Anorexia and unexplained weight loss Gastric polyps and submucosal lesions
✓ Optimal diagnostic work-up for patients with unexplained weight loss because of reduced appetite and oral intake
✓ Differentiating between organic causes and food-intake behavioural problems
✓ Therapeutic multimodal management
✓ Clinical, endoscopic and histopathological features of gastric polyps/lesions
✓ Possible syndromes that might be associated with gastric polyps
✓ Therapeutic management
Peptic ulcer disease  
✓ Epidemiology and incidence of peptic ulcer disease
✓ Management of gastric ulcer
✓ Investigation of suspected duodenal ulcer
H. pylori testing or prompt endoscopy?
✓ Complications of peptic ulcer disease
✓ Peptic ulcer disease and NSAID’s
Video Case Sessions
ERCP in normal and post-surgical anatomy Diagnosis and management of early neoplasia in the upper GI tract
✓ Different techniques and pitfalls of biliary cannulation, including precut and biliary sphincterotomy
✓ Techniques of endoscopic management of biliary stones
✓ Indications, techniques and pitfalls of ERCP in post-surgical anatomy
✓ Diagnosis and treatment of Barrett's oesophagus and associated neoplasia
✓ Detection and treatment of early gastric neoplasia
✓ Endoscopic techniques of duodenal polyp management

PGT recordings and syllabus

Recordings and syllabus contributions of past PGT presentations are available online in the UEG Library. Simply sort by category “Postgraduate Teaching“, select the year of your interest and choose the format ”syllabus contribution” or “presentation” to find and view the contributions of your interest.

PGT 2018:

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Target audience

The Postgraduate Teaching Programme is designed to best suit the needs of these delegates:

  • Field of practice: GI physicians and general practitioners with an interest in GI & hepatology topics
  • Career level: Fellows in training, established doctors (except top experts, specialists, researchers)
  • Age: No age restriction
  • PGT registration required! Find out more


Scientific Committee, Programme & Faculty 
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