Application form EHS Collaboration Cadaver courses

In recent years, EHS has successfully hosted cadaver courses, advancing education in abdominal wall surgery. We are committed to continuing this success and supporting our collaborations with our EHS National Chapters. Interested National Chapters can now apply to co-organise EHS Cadaver courses with us.

Our initiative, EHS Collaboration Cadaver Courses brings together experts in abdominal surgery for interactive cadaver courses with detailed dissections, advanced learning in hernia surgery techniques, and informative lectures. These EHS Collaboration Cadaver Courses are essential for hernia surgeons looking to enhance their skills and knowledge in the field.

Our goal is clear: EHS aims to increase and support high-quality abdominal wall surgery courses in Europe, aligning with EHS standards. Additionally, we seek to strengthen the network of Abdominal Wall Surgeons and EHS Collaboration Cadaver Courses will foster a sense of community among abdominal wall surgeons in Europe.

EHS is ready to support three eligible EHS National Chapters with course organisational assistance, marketing, and a financial grant of up to 5000 EUR every year. To access this support, National Chapters must meet specific criteria outlined in an application form. This application must be submitted at least six (6) months before the course dates.

We will provide organisational assistance and faculty support to ensure the success of these EHS Collaboration Cadaver Courses. Please note that courses must exclusively be available for EHS members. The course must provide a minimum of 10 educational hours in two days.

Join us on this journey of collaboration and knowledge-sharing in abdominal surgery.

EHS provide the following:

  • Pre- and post-test
  • Marketing at the EHS website, social media and EHS newsletter.
  • Organisational assistance including:
    • Delegate management
    • Practical matters (venue, hotel, dinners)
    • EACCME and Ethical MedTech application
    • Travel arrangements and expenses covered for the EHS faculty (maximum 5 faculty members)

Criteria for Intermediate courses:

An intermediate course should include lectures AND practical exercises for: 

  • Lichtenstein
  • Shouldice
  • Inguinal TAPP or TEP
  • Optional: Umbilical TAPP
  • PUMP or Milos repair
  • Laparotomy and small bite closure
  • Open Rives Stoppa
  • Optional: Open Stoppa repair

An advanced course should include lectures AND practical exercises for: 

  • Optional: inguinal TEP
  • E-TEP Rives Stoppa (Optional lap-TAR)
  • Open Rives Stoppa (cranial and caudal extension of E-TEP RS)
  • Open TAR
  • Anterior endoscopic component separation
  • Open abdomen with mesh-mediated traction
  • Sugarbaker
  • Optional: Pauli repair
  • Optional: Flank hernia TAPP
  • Optional (Diaphragmatic hernia)

The course must include indications, contraindications, step-by-step instructions based on the EHS guidelines, and potential complications should be taught to the students, either by pre-course preparations or onsite. Regardless of the course format, a safe and humble learning culture should be promoted, allowing for open discussions about adverse events and errors to prevent their recurrence.

The maximum number of participants is four per cadaver to ensure an adequate learning experience, but ideally, two participants should share one cadaver.


  • The cadavers for the Intermediate course should preferably be male as the male groin is necessary for groin hernias.
  • The national chapter should seek to co-organize with other courses so that the cadavers can be used to their full potential.
  • Innovation: EHS recommends that the organizer aims to get a sponsor with a new product or device to encourage new sponsors to take part in EHS.


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