Developed specifically for medical students, Surgical Skills for Students is a highly interactive one day course that covers how to safely perform basic surgical procedures. Affiliate member Prakrit Kumar shares his experience of the course, and how he’s applying his new skills now.
I am a fourth year medical student at University of Birmingham, with a budding interest in a career in surgery, particularly in orthopaedics. I hoped to learn the basic surgical skills that would help me to assist in theatres better, so I booked my place on Surgical Skills for Students.The impact of the course was evident when I attended the operating theatre the next week and the surgeon remarked “You have certainly learnt your ropes. What happened over the weekend?”
Because I’m based in Birmingham, I took the one-day course in Manchester. Our learning outcomes set the agenda for the day, with the teaching format being that we would watch a video first, followed by a practical demonstration, and then practise ourselves. I found this useful as it reiterated the technique of the skill taught.
After a quick refresh in gowning and handling instruments, we focused on learning new skills such as knot-tying, suturing and excision techniques. The session I enjoyed the most was the ‘reprise of knot tying’ wherein common mistakes (which I frequently made) were discussed and remedied. The style of teaching catered to students at varying levels and with different styles of learning.
There was good tutor-student contact with few students per tutor, so we could ask about any doubts we had with the particular skill. The faculty were friendly, approachable and obviously knowledgeable. They were reassuring and very patient when the candidates were fumbling.
The faculty were all well-experienced, accomplished surgeons in their respective fields. I appreciated the opportunity to have informal discussions with these several different surgeons regarding their work and with the two of them being orthopaedic surgeons greatly enhanced the flavor of the course for me.
I thoroughly recommend this course to all my friends considering a career in surgery.