The Swiss-MIS Masterclass in Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery:

A hands-on experience 

Swiss-MIS (Swiss Minimally Invasive Surgery) organizes a unique 3-week course in laparoscopic colorectal surgery. The selected fellow rotates in 3 Swiss hospitals, where he shadows a specialist colorectal surgeon. Swiss-MIS and the participating centers guarantee that the fellow will scrub in 2-3 colectomies per center: he assists the first one, and operates under assistance the next 2. 

Swiss-MIS will offer 2 Masterclasses, which will take place at the following hospitals during October-December 2023:

The hospitals and the respective teachers for 2023:

Bern, Inselspital – PD Dr. med. L. Brügger

Frauenfeld – Prof. Dr. med. M. K. Müller

Lausanne, CHUV — Prof. Dr. med. D. Hahnloser

Lugano, Ospedale Regionale di Lugano – Prof. Dr. med. D. Christoforidis

Winterthur, Kantonsspital – Prof. Dr. med. M. Adamina

Zürich – UniversitätsSpital – Prof. Dr. med. M. Turina

For the year 2021, the fellows were Dr. Almir Miftaroski, Fribourg, and Dr. Sema Simoes de Almeida, Zug.

The Competition is open for applications,
deadline is June 30th 2023.

Travel and housing expenses are reimbursed by Swiss-MIS for up to CHF 1’500/ fellow.


The ideal fellow is in a training program with good perspectives for a career in a Swiss hospital, has a main interest in colorectal surgery, and has already acquired a good level in laparoscopy (assisted at least 10, performed under assistance at least 5 laparoscopic colectomies).

Applications should be submitted to
Prof. Dr. D. Christoforidis
Viceprimario Chirurgia
Ospedale Regionale di Lugano
6900 Lugano

with the following documents:

  • motivation letter (state your future goals)
  • CV (include courses in laparoscopic surgery, publications, conference abstracts)
  • Copy of FMH in surgery
  • Swiss-MIS (formerly SALTC) membership or application
  • log book – catalogue of operations:
    • specify the number of open and laparoscopic colectomies performed as primary surgeon.
    • specify the total number of general and colorectal laparoscopic procedures performed as primary surgeon or assistant
    • submit at least 5 blinded operation protocols required, where applicant is first operator in a laparoscopic colorectal procedure
  • recommendation letter by the head of surgery where the candidate works, confirming that:
    • the candidate has the required technical skills
    • the candidate is authorized to leave the clinic for 3 weeks

For any further information please contact Prof. Dr. D. Christoforidis