Ghent International Endoscopy Quality Symposium (GIEQS)

Ghent International Endoscopy Quality Symposium (GIEQS)

September 30 - October 1, 2021

Event Director: David Tate

Contact information
Contact person: Nele Coulier
Address: Nele Coulier, c/o Seauton International Vaartdijk 3, bus 2 Wijgmaal, GENT 3108 Belgium


Event Category

ESGE individual members receive a significant fee reduction


Event type:

Virtual/web based

Event topics:


Event aims:

As you will be aware, most Endoscopy symposia focus on visually appealing, resource intensive techniques that are never performed by the majority of endoscopists. As an example, most gastroenterologists may only diagnose a handful of patients with achalasia in their career yet per oral endoscopic myotomy – the novel endoscopic technique to treat achalasia – is demonstrated in most endoscopy symposia [despite the fact that there are fewer than 150 procedures performed per year in Belgium and most gastroenterologists will never see or be involved in one outside of a symposium!].
There are many reasons for this discrepancy. Complex techniques are also often visually appealing and the significant endoscopic skill required to perform them may be inspiring to colleagues. It is also true to say that the evidence for many of the strategies we are now beginning to apply to everyday endoscopic practice originated from such complex procedures.

At GIEQs we believe that there is a need for an international endoscopy congress focused on the techniques that are performed by all endoscopists, every day of their working lives. These include, but are not limited to, painless colonoscopy, small polypectomy, gastroscopy and the detection of early-stage precursors of upper GI cancer, the treatment of gastrointestinal bleeding, etc. An increasing body of evidence underpins both how to perform these techniques and in which situation to apply a particular technique; indeed applying an evidence-based approach may have a long-lasting impact on patient care.

This is what we mean by quality in Endoscopy – the application of the best available evidence to all endoscopic procedures.
Unfortunately, around Europe and internationally, common endoscopic techniques are often performed by practitioners who are unaware of this evidence-base and practice non evidence-based techniques, primarily since these were demonstrated during their training. GIEQs aims to address this problem.

We believe that by holding a 2-day international symposium with a world-class faculty, focused on everyday techniques in Endoscopy, we can start a renewed drive towards quality in endoscopic procedures in Belgium and throughout Europe. Of course, endoscopy is also a practical discipline, and there is a need for live demonstration of the techniques under discussion in addition to the presentation of evidence.
In addition, traditional endoscopy symposia do not commonly encompass specific sessions for trainees. We believe that building quality in a practical discipline such as Endoscopy must focus on training and the evidence behind how to train effectively. At GIEQs we will introduce specific sessions for trainees on the practice and theory behind everyday endoscopy.

After the success of the first edition of this symposium last year we would like to become an ongoing brand to promote quality in Endoscopy. We do not want to compete with traditional Endoscopy symposia or produce an evidence-base for endoscopic practice (ably performed already by the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) and national endoscopy societies). Instead we aim to promote the presentation of practical educational materials [face to face, live demonstrations and, in the future, online] enabling practitioners of endoscopy to perform their everyday endoscopy better. We look forward to welcoming independent endoscopists, trainees and endoscopy nurses in the field of gastrointestinal endoscopy!

GIEQs II September Flyer