European Course In Minimally Invasive Neurological Therapy (ECMINT)

ECMINT 1.1 - Embolisation of Tumours and Arteriovenous Fistulas - was held at St Anne’s college, Oxford last December (2014). There was a truly international feel to the course with 41 students attending from 19 countries and a pan-European teaching faculty.

Students were subjected to ‘formative’ and ‘summative’ quizzes. The former are intended to help them consolidate the teaching and took place at the end of 2nd and 4th day of the course. The final summative quiz was held on the last day and included questions on the entire content of the taught curriculum. Thirty-nine students achieved scores over 60% despite the concern of several that the questions were too hard. Dr. Shelley Renowden, chairman of the ESMINT Training Committee, set the tests. She is standing back-centre in the picture below.  One of the highlights of the course was the conference dinner held in the great hall at Balliol College, Oxford, which looked as if it was the set for a “Harry Potter” film.

The next course in the program (ECMINT 1.2 – Aneurysms) will be in June 2015 and students who attended ECMINT 1.1 have been given the opportunity to register in advance of others. The number of places will be increased to 60. New students will be able to complete the 2 year program when this first course (Embolisation of Tumours and Arteriovenous Fistulas) is repeated in 2016.

Dr Viccy Young, INR Fellow

“A well organised, informative course at a great venue, with an excellent panel of speakers from across the field. The mixture of lectures and tutorials covered the topics thoroughly and provided the opportunity to take advantage of the vast experience of the speakers. I will certainly be attending the other parts of the course.”