How do I arrange my taxi transfers for my upcoming training?
We have a partnership with the company Limo Saelens. Send Jana your flight/train number and she will arrange everything for you.
I come by plane. Where is the pickup location in Brussels Airport?
In Brussels Airport the taxi driver will be standing in the waiting area (right after the luggage collection site) in front of the "Stella Artois Café". If you were to be unable to find the taxi driver, this is the phone number of the taxi service: (+32) 475 27 89 36.
I come by train. Where is the pickup location in Bruxelles Midi/Brussel Zuid?
In Bruxelles Midi/Brussel Zuid the taxi driver will pick you up at “Sam’s Café”. If you were to be unable to find the taxi driver, this is the phone number of the taxi service: (+32) 475 27 89 36.
What is the transportation fee for the taxi transfers?
Transfers between the airport and your hotel/Orsi Academy need to be paid by the participant. (+/- €95 to Brussels Airport and €110 to Lille France) Transfers between your hotel and Orsi Academy/OLV Hospital are paid by us.
Can we come to Melle by public transport?
No, unfortunately it’s very difficult to reach us by public transport. The nearest train station is a 35min walk. We strongly advise you to come by car or taxi.
First day of the course. How late is my pick up at the hotel?
If you’re attending an Intuitive course, the taxi driver will pick you up at 8.00.
If you’re attending an Orsi course, the taxi driver will pick you up at 8.15 or at 7.15 if you’re going to the OLV Hospital that day (case-observations).
In which hotel can I stay?
We have partnerships with different hotels. These are all Orsi's favorites, located in Ghent or Aalst. Let Jana know which one you prefer and depending on the availability, she will arrange your stay. Of course are you also allowed to arrange it yourself. Don't forget to mention Orsi Academy and Jana's name to get entitled to our discount.
Lunch at Orsi Academy
I have diet restrictions. Can that be taken into account?
Sure. Just e-mail Jana your special needs and she will take it into account.
What is Orsi’s VAT-number?
BE08 2914 7981
How do I complete my payment?
There are different ways to book a course.
Which restaurants are suggested for dinner?
We can recommend several restaurants.
- Publiek: In 'Publiek'* you can eat upgraded traditional dishes with both every day and forgotten ingredients, represented in original one Michelin star combo's. (+32 9 330 04 86)
- Belga Queen: In 'Belga Queen', the Belgian cuisine is adapted to today's taste. Lightened and given a very national touch through the addition of beer to numerous dishes. It's located at the famous Graslei where you can stroll along the channels untill late in the evening. (+32 9 280 01 00)
- Pakhuis: In 'Pakhuis' you get overwhelmed by the huge space that exudes the atmosphere of the former warehouse. Next to that, the overall European food is brilliant. (+32 9 223 55 55)
- Café Theatre: The stately buildings of the Royal Opera are the decor of the lively restaurant and bar. At the restaurant, you can choose a fast or slow service. A nice fact about the menu: the beef tartar has been awarded the best of Flanders. (+32 9 265 05 50)
Which bars are suggested for evening drinks?
- Dreupelkot is a little cozy place with more than 200 flavors of jenever. Jenever is the juniper-flavored national and traditional liquor of the Netherlands and Belgium, from which gin originated. Tip: Order a Vanillejenever.
- Het Waterhuis aan de Bierkant is a typical authentic Belgian bar. Overlooking the local canals, you can try more than 100 brands of beer here. Tip: Order a Klokke Roelandt.
- Dulle Griet is a place where you can taste the world famous Belgian 'trappist' beers or try the hidden treasures of unknown breweries. The traditional Flemish interior in combination with the largest collection of Belgian beer in Ghent makes the 'Dulle Griet' a must-visit. Tip: Order a Kwak.
- Palenque is a bar of Latin-American style, where you can discover the delights of this content: beers and wines, both classic cocktails and more inventive mixes and delicious spirits all from Latin-America with a focus on Rum and Mezcal. Tip: Order a Pisco Sour
What animals do you use for your training models?
Depending on the experience of the surgeon, the topic of the course and the duration of the surgery, we can choose different training models.
- If the doctor is a robot-naïve surgeon, anastomosis suturing skills (=connecting together blood vessels or parts of the bowel for instance) are practised on a chicken cadaver.
- If the doctor already has basic robotic skills and wants to start performing robotic procedures, we offer courses on canine cadavers.
- If the participants are very experienced surgeons, we use the porcine model or sheep model.
Have a look at our Animal Research page for more details about the different training models.
Why do you have to use live animals and not just cadavers?
Every surgeon starts his learning curve with alternative training models. First the simulator, then the cadavers and at last only experienced doctors can train on live animals. The experience of working with a living creature is an important step in the learning curve of surgeons. In real surgeries, control of bleeding is a key part of the process. It is very difficult to simulate all the intricacies of this process. Therefore, an anesthetized pig or sheep is used to simulate intra-operative situations such as vascular injury and urine leakage. But also many other subtleties can only be simulated in a live model, including how the tissue looks, feels and responds.
Have a look at our Animal Research page for trainee testimonials and case studies regarding this topic.
Are the animals used as cadavers specifically killed for your experiments?
The chicken and pig cadavers are from food producers and so would otherwise go into the food chain. No animal returns to the food chain after being used in research. The canine cadavers are large male animals that are euthanised at shelters due to aggression or overpopulation, unfortunately. These cadavers are used at the veterinary faculty of Ghent University for anatomy workshops. We buy a number of cadavers directly from the faculty and return the cadavers to the faculty after our procedures as they can still be used for research.
Do you implement the principles of the 3Rs?
The principles of the 3R’s (reduction, refinement and replacement) are guiding principles for more humane use of animals in research. The 3Rs aim to improve animal welfare and scientific quality where the use of animals cannot be avoided. In many countries, such as Belgium, these 3Rs are explicit in legislation governing animal use.
For all live models we implement the 3Rs principles as much as possible. After every procedure we harvest the organs of the animals to reduce the number needed per year for other training needs. Furthermore, we use the simulator and a lot of plastic and 3-D printed organs in the beginning of every surgeon’s learning curve in order to replace the use animals. With a view to refinement, all members of the animal care team receive continuing education and training commensurate with their positions and responsibilities. Before they can work with the animals, they must provide us with the necessary certificates of accreditation. In that way, we are able to provide adequate analgesia and anaesthesia during every procedure.
Do the animals suffer any pain in your training programs?
According to the 3R principles, we aim to keep the level of stress and pain as minimal as possible. Before the start of a program, a team of veterinarians and animal care technicians escort the required number of pigs into a transportation cart. This is done without any restraint or stress inducing manouevres. Once in the cart, they are transported to the preparation room inside the building. For each project, we aim to provide a specific anaesthetic protocol that takes into consideration the type of surgery as well as the expected pain intensity. Our priority is to make every step of this process as comfortable as possible for the animals.
How are the animals euthanised at the end of the procedures?
Every animal is anaesthetized during the whole procedure. No animal is woken up before euthanasia. During their sleep, euthanasia is carried out painlessly by injecting an overdose of barbiturates (pento-barbital) intravenously. The vital organs stop working and the animal dies within one minute. All parameters are checked before ending the anaesthesia.
What professional oversight is there for the procedures that you carry out?
We have a team of veterinarians that are responsible for the induction of the animals and start of the anaesthesia. The veterinarians are assisted by animal care takers who are trained to monitor the animals during the narcosis. We have ratio of one veterinarian per three animals. The state of the animals is checked continuously by writing down the parameters every other quarter of an hour.
Our working method is checked several times per year by the government. A veterinarian-inspector of the "Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain" audits the company, checking the animal register, medication register and anesthesiology protocol.
What are the main types of surgery involved in your training program?
All procedures that we perform at Orsi Academy belong to the group of minimal invasive techniques (MIS). MIS techniques are developed to reduce pain, blood loss and time of recovery in humans after an operation. These techniques are used in multiple specialties, but mainly performed in urology, for example prostatectomies, nephrectomies, kidney transplantations and cystectomies.
Since 2018, we've also started training veterinarians, as they are slowly finding their way to the robotic field. However, this is still in a developing research fase.