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ESVS and Copenhagen Certification Programme (ENHANCE) – Open Repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms.

28 March @ 09:00 - 30 March @ 16:00


A collaboration:  Esvs and copeNHAgeN CErtification programme (ENHANCE ) is arranged as a collaboration between the ESVS Academy, the Department of Vascular Surgery at the University Hospital of Copenhagen (Rigshospitalet) and the Copenhagen Academy of Medical Education and Simulation (CAMES), Denmark.

Today, the ENHANCE program consists of two courses that can be taken independently. ENHANCE OPEN focuses on open repair of infrarenal aortic aneurysms, and ENHANCE-EVAR focus on basic endovascular aortic repair (EVAR).

Join: Kim Kargaard Bredahl, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Copenhagen, Jonas Eiberg, Professor of Vascular Surgery, Copenhagen, Cecilie Markvard Møller, Skejby University Hospital, Denmark, Igor Koncar, Belgrade University Hospital, Serbia, Carl Wahlgren, Karolinska University Hospital , Sweden, Christian Lyng, Sykehuset Innland Hamar, Norway, Franz von Jessen, University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark,

Programme description

ENHANCE OPEN is a 3-day simulation-based training programme. Each course pariticipant will perform 6-8 cases as a surgeon, and 6-8 as an assistant under the supervision of highly experienced open aortic surgeons. Participants will receive supervision, feedback and hear about tips & tricks. Feedback will be summative in test-cases and formative in supervision-cases. The trainee-tutor rate will be 2:1.  During the course, participants will train on state-of-the-art life-like pulsatile aortic simulation models and aortic inlays (Vascular International) and use original vascular instruments, grafts and sutures in a simulated OR environment.

Course design, duration and assessment have been tested and validated. We aim to improve our course through ongoing research, evaluation and feedback, which is why monitoring with sports watches, video recording and continuous data collection will be part of this course. Data collection will be strictly confidential and comply with current GDPR and Danish legislation.  In order to get full benefit from the course, we recommend that the course participant is prioritised for supervising AAA operations afterwards.

ENHANCE Open AAA Repair is a part of the ESVS Aortic pathway, and the course can be used in preparation for the FEBVS exam.

Learning objectives

ENHANCE OPEN is an ambitious simulation-based educational programme aiming to prepare vascular surgical trainees to perform supervised elective open repair of infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysms. If you pass the programme, you will master all the necessary steps of the procedure and be ready to continue training in the OR on patients under supervision.

Participant level

The target group is vascular surgical trainees with limited experience in open AAA repair. Experience with essential peripheral open surgical techniques (instruments, anastomotic techniques etc.) is required, as well as basic knowledge of abdominal aortic anatomy.  Participants will be trained in teams of two based on prior experience.

Registrations fee

The course fee is €2000 for ESVS members and €2300  for non-members. The fee includes certification, 1:2 supervision, course material, simulator and equipment rental, lunch and networking dinner. Transport, accommodation and additional meals are not included. The ENHANCE programme is non-sponsored and non-profit.


Participants’ technical and non-technical skills are assessed continuously with summative and formative feedback to cater to multiple learning styles. Participants who pass the course will be certified according to Copenhagen standards, and participants that did not achieve the required competence level will receive a proof of participation. Certification is based on a validated assessment and pass-fail limit using the OPERATE tool.

Registration process & cancellation policy:

For questions on course content, qualifications and whether the course fits your level –  please contact course convenor For registration, please contact Ciara McFerran – – in the first instance, to receive a questionnaire that needs to be completed within 3 days. Applicants will be informed of the outcome by 15th February at the latest and you will be asked to pay the fee in accordance with your membership status via the ESVS website.

Please note that the course is dependent on final registration numbers. If the course is cancelled, an announcement will be made on the website no later than one calendar month before the course starts and all registrants will be informed. Travel and accommodation must therefore not be booked until this date has passed – ESVS is not financially responsible if the event has to be cancelled due to low numbers, in this timeframe. For cancellations received by participants more than 20 days before the event, a refund will be given less an administration fee of 10 EUR. For cancellations received less than 10 days before the event, no refund is possible. Please be aware that the online session will be recorded and may be used by the ESVS on our website and in the e-library.

Please note:

  1. Please be aware that the online session will be recorded and may be used by the ESVS on our website and in the e-library.
  2. Unfortunately, offering participants who fail the course a free seat on the next course is not possible.
  3. We aim to improve our training through research, and data collection for such work may be part of ENHANCE. Data collection will be strictly confidential and comply with GDPR and Danish legislation.


2-3 weeks before the programme, course participants will receive modular e-learning and tests that have to be passed before participation.

Venue and suggested nearby accommodation (not included): 

Copenhagen Academy for Medical Education and Simulation, Copenhagen, Denmark. Ryesgade 53B, 4. Sal, 2100 København. Five minutes walk from Rigshospitalet, and well connected to Copenhagen Airport (Metro, bus, taxi).

Suggested nearby accommodation (not included)

Walking distance 10 minutes:

1) Hotel Rye – Ryesgade 115, 2100 København Ø Phone: +45 35265210 E-mail: /

2) Hotel Nora Copenhagen – Nørrebrogade 18 B, DK-2200 København N Phone (+45) 35 37 20 21 E-mail: /

Walking distance 20 minutes:

3) Hotel Kong Arthur – Nørre Søgade 11, 1370 København K Tlf. (+45) 33 11 12 12 E-mail:


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28 March @ 09:00
30 March @ 16:00
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Academy for Medical Education and Simulation
Ryesgade 53B, 4. Sal, 2100 København
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