Future Surgeons: Key Skills for Medical Students and Foundation Year Trainees - Cardiff

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About the course



This one day Consultant-led course is specifically aimed at providing medical students in their clinical years and junior doctors with a structured programme to learn basic surgical skills and techniques that are common to all surgical practices. The course will use animal tissue and simulation techniques to teach the participants a variety of surgical skills and techniques. 



Features & Highlights:


    •    Tutored and supervised by Consultant Surgeons from various disciplines.

    •    Practical course with a high tutor-to-participant ratio.

    •    Delivered using a series of tutor demonstrations and hands-on sessions where participants work on animal tissue.

    •    An official course of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh specifically aimed at junior doctors intending to pursue a career in surgery.

    •    Certificate for portfolio from The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Doctors Academy.



On completion of the course, participants should be able to:


    •    Demonstrate safe practice when gowning and gloving.

    •    Handle commonly used surgical instruments in a safe and effective manner.

    •    Create secure 'Reef' and 'Surgeons' knots.

    •    Pick up and safely drive a needle through tissue with accurate bite placement.

    •    Perform an interrupted suture to close a wound.

    •    Demonstrate the steps for excising a skin lesion under local anaesthesia.

    •    Excise a sebaceous cyst.

    •    Drain a superficial abscess.

    •    Perform the steps to debride a traumatic wound.

    •    Perform basic techniques used for laparoscopy.

    •    Explain the principles of using safe diathermy.


Suitable for:

  • Year 3 medical students and above
  • Foundation year trainees


Number of places: Strictly limited to 20 per course and, as such, will be offered on a 'first-come-first-served' basis.


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