Doncaster Royal Infirmary hosts international teaching event

In late January, and for the 15th consecutive year, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH) hosted the international Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Masterclass at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

This wildly popular annual event, which ran from 25 to 27 January 2019, brings together clinical experts from around the world where they share their expertise, demonstrate recent medical breakthroughs in patient care and celebrate their collective achievements.

The ENT Masterclass is always bustling with academic activity and inspiring innovations. This year was no exception in this regard, with esteemed delegates visiting from the UK, Australia, China, the Maldives, Germany, Argentine, Lithuania, Ireland and Switzerland. Attended by over 100 trainees and 25 faculty members, due to demand many of the courses were sold-out and over-subscribed.

The event formally kicked-off with a welcome address by Richard Parker OBE, Chief Executive at DBTH, who spoke of the Trust’s goal to promote further surgical training and highlighted how the ENT Masterclass fed into this aim. In particular, he praised the organisers for expanding the annual event across the globe, so that experts worldwide can get involved and share their expertise.

There were many interesting sessions which took place over the three-day event, including a total of 31 lectures, three panel discussions and a pair of interactive classes. One of the highlights saw the appearance of a five-member delegation from the prestigious Capital Medical University in Beijing, which was led by Prof Liangfa Liu.

Delighted with the success, Mr Shahed Quraishi OBE, consultant and founding director of the event, said: “The Masterclass is always an incredibly useful forum for ENT surgeons, spreading knowledge, illuminating new developments and providing a valuable opportunity to network.  I would therefore like to extend my deepest gratitude to everyone who helped pull this together. In particular, I would like to thank Trust for all of its support and encouragement, as well as the volunteer faculty for their tremendous contributions. After all, without their hard work and dedication, this academic venture would not have been possible.’’

The first day culminated in a course dinner, where Suzy Brain England OBE, Trust Chair, was the chief guest. Speaking about this, Suzy said: ‘’ I am proud that DBTH has been hosting this Masterclass for 15 years. We must thank Mr Quraishi for all he does to develop and promote the programme.

“It has gone from strength to strength, attracting visiting faculty, Professors and experts in their field from Australia, Germany, China, and other parts of the UK.  The event was stimulating and was filmed for YouTube to extend even further this free international learning opportunity.’

In addition to all of the enlightening courses and lectures, this year was notable for another reason, as it marked the launch of a live-stream training channel on YouTube. This makes the ENT Masterclass the first medical course in the UK achieve such a feat, allowing even more people to participate.

Going forward, Mr Quraishi will be hosting similar events in London and Bahrain, which promise to be just as informative, engaging and inclusive.