Florence, Italy
5-9 May 2012

Prague Old Town

Pre-congress courses

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There are a limited number of places remaining on the Medical Writing Course.  Please call the congress secretariat to book your place.

To secure your place on a pre-congress course, please use the main congress registration form.

Medical writing course

Generously Supported by Ipsen

Date: Saturday 5 May 2012

Time: 08:00 - 17:30

Fee: €275

This fee is separate to the congress registration fee.
This fee includes course materials and all refreshments, including lunch.
This course is limited to a maximum number of delegates, please book early to avoid disappointment.

Location: The Medical Writing Course will take place in the Magnolia Room which is situated in the Monumentali block.


This training workshop has been specially developed for scientists and medical professionals in the healthcare system, academia and clinical departments of the pharmaceutical industry. It aims to teach you how to prepare your research for presentations at scientific meetings and how to get your research published in peer-reviewed journals. It discusses in depth all the essential steps you will need.

Who Should Attend? :

This workshop is intended for healthcare professionals and researchers who need to write effectively and clearly in English:

· Physicians
· Medical and scientific research workers in universities, research institutes
· The pharmaceutical industry

This workshop offers basic introductory instruction and is aimed at those who are just starting to write papers in English, although those who have moderate experience of writing in English will also benefit. As the training sessions will be presented in English, attendees will need a basic understanding of spoken English.

By completing the course you will be able to:
· Write a structured abstract which meets the congress requirements and at the same time captures the critical points of your study, describes your results clearly and consistently, and raises interest
· Write a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed medical journal so that it has the best chance of being accepted by the editor and referees
· Write a covering letter
· Critically review a publication, point out the pitfalls and to come up with ideas for an improved version
· Write a response to the reviewers’ comments
· Prepare your bibliography using reference management software

Course Description
The aim of this course is to provide professional support to authors and would-be authors of medical papers. Participants will acquire up-to-date information on the requirements for submitting articles, publication structure and common problems encountered by authors, plus some of the “tricks of the trade” that professional writers use.

In this workshop we will examine the structure of manuscripts, and you will learn how to write abstracts, how the peer-review process works and how to write effectively in English. For example, you will learn what makes text easy to read, how to use paragraphs to get your message across, use and misuse of jargon and medical terminology – and what to do when you receive the referees’ comments.

The morning will consist of lectures followed by breakout sessions in the afternoon. In the breakout sessions, participants will work in small groups on real-life practical tasks designed to reinforce the messages contained in the lectures. In the small-group sessions you will work with our experienced trainers in an interactive manner.
The speakers for the course are identified as Professor John Carpenter and Professor Steven Shalet. Both are from the UK.



Registration and morning coffee


Lecture 1 – The elements of a paper: Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion (IMRAD)


Lecture 2 – Writing in English: Common problems, what makes text difficult/easy to read, using paragraphs effectively, jargon and technical terminology


Coffee break


Lecture 3 – How to write abstracts and summaries, letters to the Editor, and covering letters


Coffee break


Lecture 4 – The editorial process: How a journal treats submitted articles, the peer-review process, why papers are rejected, what to do if your article is rejected/accepted, and how to response to reviewers


Lecture 5 – Managing bibliographies effectively –reference management software




Workshops (including coffee breaks)
Workshop 1 – Review a manuscript, identify its faults and suggest improvements
Workshop 2 – Write an abstract, discuss the covering letter and respond to the referees’ comments


Closing remarks & certificates

If you require any further details about this course, please do not hesitate to contact the Congress Secretariat.

Thyroid ultrasound course

Date: Saturday 5 May 2012
Time: 08:50 - 17:00
Fee: €275

This fee is separate to the congress registration fee.
This fee includes course materials and all refreshments, including lunch.
This course is limited to a maximum number of delegates, please book early to avoid disappointment.

Location: The Thyroid Ultrasound Course will take place in the Sherma room which is situated in the Monumentali block.

Course Description
The Thyroid Ultrasound and Ultrasound-assisted procedures post-graduate course preliminary programme has been drafted by G. Forti, P. Vitti and E. Papini.

Post-graduate Course organized by
Società Italiana di Endocrinologia, Associazione Medici Endocrinologi,
European Society of Endocrinology, International Society of Endocrinology


G.. Forti, P. Vitti, E. Papini


Session 1: “Focus on ultrasound “  
(Presentations: 15 min + 5 min of discussion)


Role of US in thyroid nodular disease         
Paolo Vitti (It)


Elastosonography: a new application of US in thyroid nodules
Teresa Rago (It)


Ultrasonography in patients with metastatic lymph  nodes
Laurence Leenhardt  (Fr)  


Laser ablation for benign thyroid nodules: basic principles, results and limits 
Roberto Valcavi  (It)


An overview of minimally invasive techniques for non surgical treatment of thyroid nodules
Laszlo Hegedus (DK)


Mini-invasive procedures for loco-regional recurrences of thyroid cancer                
Enrico Papini   (It)

11 00-11 30   

Coffee Break

11 30-13 30    

Session 2: “A clinical and US approach to thyroid lesions”
Interactive discussion with the panel of “difficult” US images, clips and clinical cases.

13 30-14 30   

Lunch with the expert

14 30-16 30   

Session 3: “Hands on US”
An US experience with tutors on thyroid patients
Tutors: A. Cilotti,  M.L. De Feo,  G. Parenti,  L. Petrone, C. Pupilli (Florence, I)


Appraisal of thyroid US examination and Take Home messages

16 30-17 00    

Greetings and  distribution of  certificates of attendance