About ECAE project

The Educational Centre for Anatomy and Endoscopy (ECAE) has been established within the Anatomical Institute of 3rd Faculty of Medicine of Charles University in Prague under the support of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic.

The founder of the Centre and principal investigator of the relating grant projects is Senior Assistant of the Anatomical Institute Václav Báča, MD.

Objectives of the Project

  • providing students since the beginning of their medical studies with the opportunity to acquire the best possible skills in dissection of anatomical structures in a small surgical field and to get acquainted with the possibilities of endoscopic surgery in general
  • creating conditions for the introduction of postgraduate education of physicians in endoscopic methods – organization of courses for young physicians in a wide range of mini-invasive techniques
  • establishment of a comprehensive educational centre of endoscopic medicine in specific medical disciplines including internal medicine, surgery, orthopaedics, urology and ORL - arthroscopy, bronchoscopy, colonoscopy, gastroduodenoscopy, thoracoscopy, laparoscopy, cystoscopy, endonasal surgery, under the same roof and with adequate capacity
  • participation in the development of new experimental methods of endoscopic treatment of patients

The significance of mini-invasive methods of surgery has been rapidly growing in the recent years as a result of search for the most considerate way of diagnostic examination and final treatment of patients. Endoscopic methods may be found in a wide range of disciplines of the modern medicine, both surgical (laparoscopy, arthroscopy, thoracoscopy…), and non-invasive (bronchoscopy, gastroscopy…).

Simultaneously, the importance has been growing of education and acquisition of experience in endoscopy in general. Two years ago the Anatomical Institute of 3rd Faculty of Medicine headed by Professor Josef Stingl, MD, PhD started to use the coating technique of conservation after Professor Thiele which preserves the plasticity and nature of soft tissues of the fixed bodies and thus offers wide possibilities for using cadavers for imitation of surgical interventions. At the same time, in cooperation with the management of 3rd Faculty of Medicine of Charles University at the head with Dean Ass. Prof. Bohuslav Svoboda, MD, we converted one room of the dissecting section to a small operating theatre equipped with an operating table and a universal endoscopic tower intended for rigid endoscopy. The whole dissecting section is also equipped with multimedia digital technology, wireless audio-video networks connected to internet and a graphical studio for development of high quality instructional aids including video-sequences, large format poster printing etc.

In 2004 the Centre organized within dissection practicals of the first- and second-year medical students, several demonstration arthroscopies of the knee, shoulder, wrist and mediocarpal joints, bronchoscopy, gastroduodenoscopy and laparoscopy for orientation in the abdominal cavity with organs in situ on cadavers fixed by a special method. In addition, it demonstrated simulation surgeries of meniscectomy and ligamentoplasty of the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee joint with harvesting bone grafts from the patellar ligament including positioning and draping of the patient.

In future the Centre plans to organize courses for young physicians in the expanding sphere of mini-invasive methods focussed on teaching individual endoscopic techniques. We believe in the progress of endoscopic methods in medical disciplines and in the importance of teaching these methods with identical sets of instruments in a similar topographic terrain

Grants obtained

  • FRVŠ: Innovative methods of body conservation for the improvement of teaching topographic anatomy (2914/2003/F3a) Innovation and adaptation of the coating laboratory to new methods of body conservation for the improvement of teaching topographic anatomy (1300/2005/F3a)
  • MŠMT: Establishment of an open multimedia centre for teaching normal anatomy and surgical mini-invasive methods. Stages I and II (RP 69a/2003 and 402/2004)

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