The first international educational consensus workshop for transanal total mesorectal excision (taTME) took place on the 12th October 2015 in
the United Kingdom (UK). The event was held at the Vesalius Clinical Training Centre in Bristol. Twelve international surgeons with experience in taTME attended the workshop, as well as the President and Chair of the Education and Training committee of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (ACPGBI).
The aim of the meeting was to discuss the need for a structured taTME training programme in order to ensure the safe introduction and dissemination of this new technique in clinical practice. The components for an optimal training curriculum were explored and Global Assessment Scoring (GAS) forms assessed during a proctored cadaveric case.
To further explore the opinions of colorectal surgeons on taTME training, an online survey was conducted in the UK prior to the workshop.
Results of the survey provided valuable insight into general expectations and perceptions on taTME and elicited further discussion amongst the group.
An updated survey was emailed to 78 international taTME surgeons, with the addition of mission statements, aims and objectives for the newly
formed International taTME Educational Collaborative. Consensus statements will be made available soon.
The full article on the first international taTME workshop can be found here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27015679