37th International
Gastrointestinal Surgery Workshop

Saturday, April 4 - April 9, 2020
Congress Center Davos, Switzerland


The Davos Course for gastrointestinal surgery offers a varied and manifold programme of scientific sessions and practical exercises to surgeons in training. The aim of this course is to foster each participant’s knowledge and to develop and improve the individual practical skills in safe standard surgical techniques, both in conventional and laparoscopic surgery.

Based in Davos, Switzerland, the Davos Course for gastrointestinal surgery exists for more than 30 years and has become an essential part in the surgeon’s training program and is recognised by most European surgical societies to meet the criteria of the surgical training opportunities. The Davos Course welcomes each year around 250 young surgeons from more than 10 European countries and has taught “one safe way” of surgery to more than 6000 surgeons all over Europe since its foundation.

Scientific Program

The Davos Course offers three different levels of skills training and corresponding lectures, each consisting of two modules.

Basic Course

Open surgery module:

Suture- and anastomosis techniques in the GI-tract with focus on small/large intestine and stomach

Laparoscopic surgery module:

Learning of basic laparoscopic techniques

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Intermediate Course

Open surgery module:

Suture- and anastomosis techniques in the GI-tract with focus on upper GI and lower GI anastomoses

Laparoscopic surgery module:

Further development of laparoscopic skills

Download Basic & Intermediate Program 2019

Advanced Course

Colorectal module:

Learning advanced techniques in colorectal surgery

Hernia module:

Learning advanced techniques in hernia surgery

Bariatric Module:

Learning the relevant techniques of bariatric surgery

Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Module:

Learning advanced techniques in HPB surgery

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37th International Gastrointestinal Surgery Workshop
Saturday, April 4 - 9, 2020
Congress Center Davos, Switzerland
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Virtual Reality Training

Surgical procedures have become more complex requiring surgeons to learn new skills quickly without interfering with the operating room efficiency or jeopardizing the patients’ care. This is a major problem especially for young surgeons at the beginning of their career. The Davos Course has therefore integrated Virtual Reality Training in the Basic Course. Besides the practical exercises the Virtual Reality Trainers get more and more an important factor in surgery. Participants in the basic course will join the Virtual Reality-exercises as they are scheduled during the week whereas those in the Intermediate and Advanced Course may attend in the open time slots.

Surgical Instruments

Surgical instruments for the open and laparoscopic practical exercises will be available from B. Braun / Aesculap for each working place (1 set for each 2 participants only).

Participants with odd registration numbers will be invited to pick up 1 set when registering at the beginning of the course and well before the first practical exercises on Saturday and to return it after the last exercise on Thursday. A credit card guarantee or a cash deposit, which will be returned upon return of the complete set, has to be provided.

Confirmation and Diplomas

Certificates will be available at the end of the course module(s) at the course secretariat. 

Accomodation in Davos

Hotel Accomodation

The Davos Course has a contingent of hotel rooms for the time period of the course. In order to assure hotel reservation in the desired hotel category and price range, we recommend an early booking well before the course.

You are invited to make your hotel reservation online when registering for the course via the link provided below (Davos-Klosters Tourismus):


AGC Course Hotel Reservation (DE)

AGC Course Hotel Reservation (EN)


Private Appartments

Davos offers quite a large number of private apartments at reasonable rates for small groups or families from 3 to 6 persons. Usually, the rent of private apartments does not include costs for the cleaning and other in-house services.

Private apartments are usually booked out by the end of October. Therefore reservations with corresponding prepayment should be made as soon as possible by contact Davos Congress at Talstrasse 41, CH-7270 Davos Platz, E-Mail: info@davoscongress.ch, Phone +41 81 415 21 65, Fax +41 81 415 21 69

Cancellation of Reservations

In case of cancellation of your accommodation (hotel or private apartments) for any reason, the course organisation will not be responsible and cannot take over any legal responsibilities. The cancellation policy according to your specific reservation contract (on the confirmation form) will apply. Cancellations of hotel accommodation or private apartments must be made to Davos Congress or to the hotel directly (refer to confirmation of accommodation). The course will not take over any responsibilities at all.


Access by car

Davos can be reached by car from Zürich or Lake Constance easily by following highway number A3 respectively A13. Take exit Landquart and follow the valley road Nr. 28 to Klosters and Davos. Time required from Zürich is about 2 ½ hours. Winter equipment (chains) might be needed. Parking overnight on street parkings or open-air public parkings is not allowed in Davos.

Access by plane

Zürich Airport offers ideal train connections to Davos. Travellers arriving by plane at Zurich Airport can reach the airport train station by a short walk of some 200 meters. Tickets can be purchased at the airport train station on site or on-line in advance. Trains to Zürich main station will depart very frequently. At main station a first change of the train with final destination Chur is required. When reaching Landquart shortly before Chur, a second change to the local train (red colored) will be necessary. Time needed from Zürich Airport to Davos by train will take approximately 3 hours, depending on the daytime of travel. For train connections, please consult the Swiss railway homepage at www.sbb.ch/en

Course Venue

Congress Center Davos Platz, entrance Promenade
Telephone: +41 81 414 62 15
Fax: +41 81 414 62 29

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Registration and Administration Office
Telephone: +41 62 873 10 10

Registration and administration office

GI-Course Secretariat
c/o ak-medizin
Hübel 14
4333 Münchwilen

Telephone: +41 62 873 10 10
E-Mail: davoscourse@ak-medizin.com

Congress center davos

Congress Center Davos Platz, entrance Promenade
Tel. +41 81 414 62 15
Fax +41 81 414 62 29
E-Mail during Course: davoscourse@ak-medizin.com

Opening hours of the secretariat in davos

Saturday, April 7, 2018
 09.00 -19.30

Sunday, April 8 , to Thursday, April 12, 2018
07.30 - 12.30 and 14.00 - 20.00


Without the tremendous support of the sponsoring companies who are not only providing all needed laparoscopic equipment, suturing material and one way material but also bearing part of the infrastructural costs, the courses would not be possible. 

Johnson & Johnson
Applied Medical
KLS Martin
IVF Hartmann

Future Dates

37th International