Instructions for “Tricks of the Trade” abstract submission

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Important Dates

Abstract Submission deadline 21 January 2020 (2359hrs, GMT +12hrs)
Notification of Acceptance 21 April 2020 onwards

Following the success at previous IHPBA congresses, we will continue to include a session entitled, “Tricks of the Trade.” The goal of this session is to provide a forum for all members to share their technical “tricks” in HPB surgery or management pearls they have learned in treating problems encountered by our patients.

For example…

  • Have you figured out the perfect fool-proof technique for a pancreatic anastomosis in the soft pancreas?
  • How do you get that giant liver specimen out of the abdomen following a laparoscopic liver resection?
  • Do you have a good way to get that pancreatic fistula to dry up?
  • How do you manage vascular resections?
  • Do you have optimal port positioning?
  • How about common bile duct stones in a post-gastric bypass patient?

If you have these issues or others figured out, all of us want to hear about it – realising that all quality care is not evidence based or grounded in literature.

For this competitive session, we invite you to submit a brief abstract summarizing the technical issue or management problem encountered, a description (+/- an illustration or diagram) of your unique technique devised to manage the problem, and a brief understanding of the benefits of your approach. While operative tricks are most desired, we’ll also consider approaches to any dilemma in the perioperative period. Results are welcome but not mandatory – we realise that many of these cannot be studied rigorously anyway.

Abstracts should be a maximum of 250 words, and you should select the topic “Tricks of the Trade” during the submission process.

If selected, each oral presentation will be 5 minutes in length, but this should demonstrate the process clearly. This might involve good artwork, line drawings, or even a short video clip. These are not meant to be long, extravagant dissertations, but rather succinct descriptions of your method. Do not submit any video content initially please. Only if selected for presentation, will you have such an option for your presentation in Melbourne. There will be an opportunity for public discourse in the session.

Anyone with a novel idea, strategy, or technique is encouraged to submit to this competitive session. There is a separate submission category available on the abstract submission website. We anticipate this to be a very exciting and well attended session at the Congress and certainly a great opportunity for discussion and debate.

Give us what you’ve got!