Tailored for Residents | Suitable Refresh for the Experienced
Fostering Course of the Swiss Society of Dermatology and Venereology

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 dermatolooncology 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.

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

We would be more than happy, if the present «Phlebology – Dermatology» course achieves this goal. Those who have never tried cannot tell if it works. Let’s do the course and see if we manage to light the fire of phlebology in dermatology.

Kind regards

Jürg Hafner


Friday 23 March 2018

13.30 – 14.15 Duplex Ultrasound (Plenary) Wolfgang Salmhofer
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)
18.30 Transfer to the Scout House of Uster (near Zurich), Dinner, Get Together

Saturday 24 March 2018

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 Compression Therapy (Plenary) Jürg Hafner
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

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Registration fees

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

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Accomodation & Evening Event

The organizers will provide 15 separate sleeping places each for women and men, located at a nice scout house near Zurich (Pfadiheim Uster), where the social evening is taking place, as well. A private sleeping bag is required for those who stay at the scout house.
Reservation of a bed is mandatory and can be made through the registration link above.

For those who prefer to stay at a hotel, the course organisation offer a cost share of CHF 50.–.

Travel expenses at own charge.


SGDV 10 Credits
SGP 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