Future Surgeons: Key Skills For Medical Students & 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.

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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