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Course syllabus for the benign gynaecological surgery: hysteroscopy ATSM

The benign gynaecological surgery: hysteroscopy ATSM course syllabus below lists the minimum requirements for a course to be suitable for the theoretical component of this module. The course should last 3 days.

Any times given or descriptions of activities within a course are given for guidance and as an example only. To establish whether a course is suitable, please compare this syllabus and the syllabus of a course on offer and take advice from your ATSM Preceptor. Please also read our general guidance on ATSM courses.

The College can’t offer advice or information relating to the suitability of courses except for courses run by the RCOG or jointly run by the RCOG and specialist societies.

Course syllabus – lecture topics and timings


  • Ambulatory hysteroscopy – current and future developments (40 minutes)

Basic requirements

  • ATSM in hysteroscopy – an overview (20 minutes)
  • Equipment (20 minutes)
  • Distension media (20 minutes)


  • Electrosurgery (55 minutes)
  • Electrosurgery procedures – quiz and feedback (20 minutes)

Imaging and data

  • Imaging update (30 minutes)
  • Data collection and documentation (30 minutes)

Complications and avoidance

  • Complications of diagnostic hysteroscopy (30 minutes)
  • Complications of operative hysteroscopy (30 minutes)


  • Imaging in the pelvis – what’s new? (40 minutes)


  • Operative hysteroscopy – electrosurgical advances (30 minutes)

Operative hysteroscopy

  • Endometrial polyps (20 minutes)
  • Resection of fibroids (30 minutes)


  • The role of hysteroscopy in the management of menorrhagia – how nice is NICE? (30 minutes)

Reproductive surgery

  • Diagnosis and management of uterine abnormalities (45 minutes)

New developments 

  • Hysteroscopic sterilisation (20 minutes)
  • Evidence-based research in hysteroscopy – what is the value? (20 minutes)

Second-generation ablation

One workshop from each of the 2 sessions (30 minutes per workshop):

  • Workshop session 1:
    • Balloon techniques (Thermachoice, Thermablate)
    • Microwave Endometrial Ablation (MEA™)
    • Novasure
    • Hydrothermablation
  • Workshop session 2:
    • Balloon techniques (Thermachoice, Thermablate)
    • Microwave Endometrial Ablation (MEA™)
    • Novasure
    • Hydrothermablation

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