Hands-On Workshops

 ICMS 2018 workshop list.

Basic Life Support, CPR and Automated External Defibrillator

After this workshop you will know how to properly put someone in recovery position, do Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation and use theautomatic external defibrillator on a person in need! These are all very essential skills that all medical professionals should be familiar with from the very beginning! Everything taught will be based on the latest guidelines of the European Resuscitation Council, the American Heart Association and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent.

Basic Lab Skills

In this workshop, you will get to understand the basics of a laboratory setting, how everything works and gain knowledge on various techniques used on different models. Those will include: animal models with chemically induced diseases, ones that have undergone surgical interventions as well as genetically modified ones! Get started with the basics and develop into the future researcher you have always dreamed of!

Advanced Lab Skills

You now have the chance to learn and practise the more advanced techniques used in research labs. This workshop will mainly concentrate on  taking you through the concepts used in the investigation of Neurodegenerative and Autoimmune Diseases. Some techniques that you will be introduced to include: the Nano Isothermal Titration Calorimetry (ITC) and the Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC).  

Choking: First Aid and CPR for Children

Have you ever wondered what are you supposed to do if someone chokes in front of you? This is the place to learn and practise! You will also train to do CPR for children. All skills gained are based on the latest guidelines of European Resuscitation Council, American Heart Association and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent.

Surgical Knots

Every great surgeon started with the very basics: How to make a correct and reliable Surgical Knot! If you are interested in doing surgery someday, participating in this workshop is the perfect start of your future career! You will practice different types of knots suitable for different kinds of surgery.

Surgical Stitching 101- Beginner

Interested in improving your surgical skills? This is the perfect opportunity to gain invaluable hands-on experience in basic surgical techniques and learn how to stitch wounds.

Surgical Stitching 101 – Advanced  

Already have some experience on surgical stitching? In this workshop you will be taught all the different types of sutures and knots according to the tissue you are suturing.

Interventional Pulmonology 

Are you interested in minimally invasive endoscopic and percutaneous procedures for diagnosis and treatment of neoplastic as well as non-neoplastic diseases of the airways, lungs, and pleura? In this medical sub-specialty workshop you will learn about procedures that are effective, and less invasive alternative to thoracic surgery: Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS), Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS), Video-assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS). Furthermore, you will learn about advanced therapeutic procedures, such as airway tumor ablation, endobronchial brachytherapy, tunneled pleural catheter placement and others.


In this clinical autopsy workshop, you will learn about the process of this thorough examination of a corpse by dissection to determine the cause and manner of death or to evaluate any disease or injury that may be present for research and educational purposes. In the autopsy room, you will participate in the external examination and the conduction of dissection and internal examination. Finally, after the different types of autopsies, you will learn the steps of the reconstruction of the body.

Diabetes Masterclass 

Microvascular and macrovascular complications in diabetes mellitus: diagnostic methods and treatment. In this workshop you will learn to recognize abnormalities on retinal images taken in fundoscopy and to run computer-aided diagnostics of diabetic retinopathy. Additionally, you will practice quantitative sensory testing and other diagnostic methods for diabetic neuropathy (peripheral somatic and autonomic).

Interventional Neuroradiology

In this workshop you will learn more about minimally invasive image-guided diagnosis and treatment of disease. You will practice diagnostic methods such as CAT scans (Computerized Axial Tomography), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and PET scans (Positron Emission Tomography) and the various types of angiographies, associated with them as diagnostic procedures. You will also be able to observe procedures such as angioplasty and stent placement and endovascular coiling (embolization). 

Neurosurgery – Dura Matter Stritching

Now is your chance to open a skull, to see someone’s brain, to perform plastic surgery of the dura mater all by yourself. This workshop will teach you how to open a skull and practise basic neurosurgical techniques.

Endotracheal Intubation 

Simply referred to as intubation, this life-saving procedure is usually performed by anesthesiologists as most doctors do not have the appropriate training needed to successfully carry it out. In this workshop you will learn the anatomy involved, the steps you need to follow and what to look out for to avoid trauma to your patient all by practising the techniques on a mannequin.

Anesthesiology: Airway Management

A crucial skill for the clinical anesthesiologist, airway management is performed to prevent and relieve airway obstruction and is an integral part of general anesthesia, allowing ventilation and oxygenation as well as a mode for anesthetic gas delivery. Learn the use of mask ventilation, supraglottic airway devices (SGA), endotracheal intubation, and the selection of medications for induction of general anesthesia.

Obstetrics and Gynecology Ultrasound

How does an experienced sonographer cover the full range of Ob-Gyn ultrasound examinations within a secondary referral setting? This workshop combines the practicalities of how to perform this screening diagnostic tool with the information needed to interpret the findings and construct a clinically useful report.

Diagnostic procedures during pregnancy – Fetal surgery

How are birth defects in fetuses, who are still in the pregnant uterus, treated? Explore the practical approaches in minimally invasive fetoscopic surgery and percutaneous fetal therapy.


An Introduction to the management of labour and delivery – a simulation-based obstetrics workshop; educational objectives include definition of labor, and management of all of its stages and complications, focused physical examination and appropriate investigations, understanding of the indications and criteria for operative vaginal delivery and the practice of the technique of forceps or vacuum delivery on a mannequin.

Laparoscopy Basics

A surgical diagnostic procedure used to examine the organs inside the abdomen, laparoscopy is a low-risk, minimally invasive procedure that requires only small incisions. Learn about procedures such as hernia repairs, gastric bypass, bowel resection, and organ removal and practice on a laparoscopic surgery simulator.

First Aid for Wounds and Fractures

You can now learn and practise how to give first aid treatment to someone who is bleeding severely as well as how to recognize the symptoms of a broken bone and provide first aid immobilization. All skills gained are based on the latest guidelines of the European Resuscitation Council, the American Heart Association and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent.

Plaster Casting

This workshop will provide you with fundamental knowledge about orthopedic casting and fixation. You will be able to practice performing plaster casting yourself on a human model.

Abdominal Ultrasound

Learn the basics of this imaging test with some more detailed examples of gastrointestinal pathology and the use of ultrasound in both routine examinations and emergencies. Echography of the liver, spleen, pancreas and kidneys, as well as their associated vessels, will be discussed and examined in this workshop.

Pediatrics Intensive Care

A pediatric intensivist will walk you through the complex technology and equipment, such as mechanical ventilators and patient monitoring systems, in pediatric intensive care. This workshop will focus on the various level of care of critically ill infants and children that require a rapidly changing and progressive approach.

Interventional Cardiology – Cath Lab Experience

Invasive Coronary Angiography (ICA) and Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) are the fundamental procedures in catheter based treatment of structural heart diseases. Learn more about the theoretical approach in this branch of cardiology and observe it in practice in a Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.

Technological Advancements in Diabetes Management

Technologies for diabetes management are rapidly developing and advancing and have the potential to help people with diabetes achieve optimal glycaemic control. In the near future the treatment of type 1 diabetes will probably be entirely technology based. During the workshop the participants will receive some basic information and practical skills on the use of sensors for continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) and on continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII) or insulin pump therapy. They will learn how to analyze the results of CGM, how to set and adjust basal insulin rates and the different parameters of insulin pumps.

Screening for diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is an epidemic all over the world and represents the first non-communicable disease recognized as a global threat by WHO. Strategies for prevention and early diagnosis of diabetes are of crucial importance and highest priority for national and international health authorities. The workshop will focus on the strategy for screening for diabetes in the general population. The participants will learn how to identify people at risk by non-invasive tools (FINDRISC), how to interpret the results of the laboratory tests (fasting plasma glucose, HbA1c, oral glucose tolerance test – OGTT) and how to assess the cardiovascular risk of people at risk for type 2 diabetes.

Intestinal Anastomosis 

In this workshop you will have the possibility to perform intestinal anastomosis by yourself, practice different techniques on real intestines and at the end check if your anastomosis are successfully made.

Laparoscopy: Live Surgery

Experience wirelessly transmitted live surgery from the operating theater to the lecture hall and real-time communication with the surgeons – a unique learning opportunity! Envision a future, in which wireless enabled devices may be used to telemonitor surgical procedures.

Minimally Invasive Urological Surgery

How are urological issues corrected with much less trauma to the patient? This is an opportunity to participate in performing procedures laparoscopically (through small keyhole incisions), robotically (with the aid of a robot), or even through a single-port. Learn about the latest advancements in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures utilizing minimally invasive technologies.

Chest Radiology Masterclass

This workshop will take you through chest X-ray anatomy and introduce you to common abnormalities of the structures. You will improve your understanding of key principles in how to interpret and describe them.

Gunshot Wounds

Are you curious about the mechanism of a gunshot wound? In this workshop you will learn about the different types of mechanisms and pathophysiology of a wound, how to examine it and describe it. You will also have the opportunity to learn about the different kinds of bullets and guns.

Medical Law (In Bulgarian Language)

Are you interested in the prerogatives and responsibilities of medical professionals and the rights of the patients? Gain detailed knowledge of Bulgarian medical legislature with case studies of different examples of confidentiality, negligence, crime and ethics.

Dermatoscopy Workshop (Sponsored by Bioderma)

The introduction of dermatoscopy, also termed epiluminescence microscopy (ELM), has opened a new dimension in the examination of pigmented skin lesions and, especially, in the identification of the early phase of cutaneous malignant melanoma. Learn about the ABCDE (asymmetry, irregular borders, multiple colors, diameter >6 mm, enlarging lesion) primary clinical criteria for early phase identification and diagnosing of suspected cutaneous malignant melanoma.

Arthroscopic Live Surgery  

Have you ever seen a real joint from the inside? This workshop will give you the opportunity to observe a live arthroscopic surgery, ask questions to the surgeon and understand all about the innovative techniques used.

Endoscopic Treatment of Urolithiasis – Live Surgery  

In this workshop you will be able to observe contemporary methods for treatment of urolithiasis: percutaneous nephrolithotripsy and ureterorenoscopy. – Supported by the Military Medical Academy

Presentation Skills Workshop by Mr. Ross Fisher

Training the leaders of tomorrow!
A once in a life time workshop from Mr Ross Fisher on how to become a presenter who has constructed a story with an effective message, illustrated it with media that supports and amplifies their message and supremely delivered with passion, engagement and clarity. 

Reproductive Surgery

Do you dream of becoming an obstetrician and gynecologist? In this workshop you will do an extensive overview of major gynecologic conditions, labour and much more! Learn all the principles behind the treatment of gynecological conditions as well as complications during pregnancy and labour.

Neonatal ICU

The birth of a baby is wonderful yet very complex process. Newborn babies who need intensive medical attention are often admitted into a special area of the hospital called the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Most babies admitted to the NICU are premature (born before 37 weeks of pregnancy), have low birth weight (less than 5.5 pounds), or have a medical condition that requires special care. Practice the techniques and equipment involved in taking care of sick and premature babies as a neonatologist.

CT Of The Aorta – From Normal Findings To Aortic Diseases

In this workshop you will learn how to differentiate a normal CT of the aorta to disease. Aortic aneurysms, coarctations and dissections among other conditions require trained individuals who can efficiently diagnose them based on a CT scan.

Diagnostic Vascular Sonogrphy

The use of duplex ultrasound investigation has the advantage of allowing surgeons and physicians to select patients for surgical treatment or conservative management without the need for invasive investigations.


Interventional Cardiology

Welcome to the future of world class, cutting edge interventional care to cardiac patients. Learn about the full spectrum of clinical services, ranging from using coronary wire-based techniques to diagnose the cause of chest pain in patients with normal appearing coronary arteries to performing complex percutaneous coronary intervention with rotational atherectomy to opening chronically occluded vessels, guided by intravascular ultrasound or optical coherence tomography.

Reconstructive Surgery (In Bulgarian)

Learn about the restoration of form and function in any are of the body. This might include repairing a hole left when a bone tumor is removed, reconstructing a breast following a mastectomy, reforming connections of a reattached limb, or even separating conjoined twins.

Treatment with Schuessler Salts (In Bulgarian) by Alpen Pharma

What are their main functions in the human organism? How can you combine them? Learn about the therapeutic properties of Schuessler Salts and the principles and forms of application and administration.

Gatroscopy and Colonoscopy Live Stream Surgery

Observe this simple and effective means to assess symptoms such as upper abdominal pain, nausea, reflux, by inserting a small camera through the mouth to get a clear view of the esophagus, stomach and small intestine.

But Hurry! The availability of workshops is on a first come – first serve basis.

After registering as a participant (active or passive) you will be notified once the Workshop registration is open and you will have the chance to register through your profile. Simply log in, look at the live availability feed and save your spot!

Please note: If you have reserved yourself a place for a workshop and you do not arrive on time, your reservation could be granted to another participant who wishes to proceed. Also, if you do not manage to save a place, there will be an opportunity to take part in a workshop that has unlimited seats or if another participant does not arrive to the allocated workshop.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity!

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