Fostering Course

Phlebology is an important field of Dermatology and Venereology. Dermatology made fundamental contributions to our understanding of morphology and pathophysiology of chronic venous insufficiency. Milestones in treatment, such as the principles of compression therapy, sclerotherapy, ambulatory phlebectomy, endovenous thermoablation, tumescent local anesthesia, and the «shave  therapy» of chronic leg ulcers have been pioneered by dermatologists.

For several reasons, teaching and clinical practice in «dermatologic» phlebology have declined through the last 20 years. The outstanding importance of immunologic research, the rise of  dermatooncology and dermatosurgery in the wake of the skin cancer epidemic, and the popularity of antiaging shifted dermatology away from phlebology. Duplex sonography is the diagnostic working horse of phlebology. This technique requires specialized training that is not simple to obtain for dermatology residents.

On the other hand, interventional phlebology has partly turned away from vascular surgery, as more non-surgical, effective modalities are now available. Under this aspect, modern phlebology may become attractive again for young dermatologists.

The present course leads the participants through five major topics of modern phlebology, by alternating five key note lectures with five corresponding “wet lab” courses. After each lecture the 30-40 participants are subdivided in five groups of 6-8 participants who rotate through the five practical work places.

Novices can increase their benefit when they prepare this course with a basic text on chronic venous insufficiency and leg ulcers, and a script on duplex ultrasound.

Phlebology is interdisciplinary, and it contains both conservative and interventional elements. Therefore, phlebology cannot be exclusively learnt from text books. It requires practical training over several levels of experience. Courses are suitable for giving a first insight into practical aspects of phlebology, in the «wet lab» setting, without the responsibility for «real» patients. During such courses, residents get an opportunity to interact with the teachers, sometimes opening a door for a later consolidation of the acquired skills as visiting physician. This interaction between trainees and teachers is one of the particular benefits of intensive courses.

We would be more than happy if the present «Phlebology – Dermatology» course achieves this goal. 

Kind regards

Jürg Hafner


Friday 1 February 2019

13.30 – 14.15 Chronic Venous Insufficiency and Compression Therapy (Plenary) Jürg Hafner
14.30 – 15.30 Practical Training in Groups, 5 Topics (Rotation)
15.30 – 16.15 Coffee Break
16.15 – 17.00 Sclerotherapy (Plenary) Michael Kockaert
17.15 – 18.15 Practical Training in Groups, 5 Topics (Rotation)
19.00 Get Together and Dinner (at own charge)

Saturday 2 February 2019

08.00 – 08.45 Management of Leg Ulcers (Plenary) Elena Conde Montero
09.00 – 10.00 Practical Training in Groups, 5 Topics (Rotation)
10.00 – 10.30 Coffee Break
10.30 – 11.15 Duplex Ultrasound (Plenary) Wolfgang Salmhofer
11.30 – 12.30 Practical Training in Groups, 5 Topics (Rotation)
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 14.15 Endovenous Thermoablation (Plenary) Tim Wentel
14.30 – 15.30 Practical Training in Groups, 5 Topics (Rotation)
15.45 – 16.15 Summary (Plenary) Jürg Hafner



University Hospital of Zurich, Switzerland
Training Centre SCHUL
Gloriastrasse 19
8091 Zurich


Prof. Dr. med. Jürg Hafner
Divison In-Hospital
Dermatology and Surgical Dermatology
University Hospital of Zurich, Switzerland

Course language


Accommodation and travel

To be organised individually and at own charge


  • Tailored for residents
  • Suitable refresh for the experienced
  • Open for trainees of the EADV Task Force of Phlebology (Prof. Dr. Felicitas Pannier)
  • Open for trainees of the EADV Task Force of Wounds (Prof. Dr. Marco Romanelli)


SSDV 10 Credits
SSP 10 Credits

Educational Grant

JH Rahn Foundation, Zurich
The Foundation is dedicated to clinical research and postgraduate medical training of young physicians in the fields of
Dermatologic Surgery as well as Phlebology and Wound Healing.


For more information or in case of questions, please contact Medworld AG, T: +41 41 478 23 00, E-mail: registration@medworld.ch


Registration fees

CHF 100.– (approx. EUR 100.–)
all included (course fee, day catering)





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Medworld AG
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Prof. Hafner, Universitätsspital Zürich


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