The style has evolved over the years from didactic lectures to the use of contemporary case studies followed by an explanatory talk. The subject matter is continually updated to reflect emerging trends. For example, ‘chemsex’ or the use of recreational drugs by MSM and the role these have in HIV infection will be addressed this year.
Once the course content is approved by the EACS, a broad team of junior and senior doctors is mobilised. They take part by either presenting a case study or by providing subject overviews. The presentations are honed to deliver a compelling mix of interesting topics with relevant clinical messages. The course typically attracts around 400 participants.
This year, the Pre-Educational Course took place on Wednesday, 21 October 2015 and was chaired by Tristan Barber, Laura Waters, and Mike Youle.