|Key skills in Manchester|
RCSEd’s Future Surgeons: Key Skills course visited Manchester for the second time in March. Local medical student Anam Ashraf reviews the event
The Future Surgeons course, which had its first outing in Manchester in January 2012, was targeted at medical students and foundation year doctors to provide a solid base and sound understanding of fundamental surgical skills. Run under the auspices of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and facilitated by Doctors Academy, this one-day event was supported by the Christie School of Oncology and various surgical suppliers such as Kimberly Clark, Ethicon Endosurgery and Covidien, who kindly provided essential equipment.
In preparation for this course, apart from arranging for venue and refreshments, the organising committee spent a substantial part of their time ensuring that they had adequate equipment, including laparoscopic simulators, surgical instruments, and suture material. They also spent meticulous effort in preparing the specimens, including pig trotters – arranging them on chopping boards so they wouldn’t roll around when being sutured, turkey thighs for debridement, and creating abscesses for incision and drainage using custard fillings.
The courses have been fully subscribed, with numbers limited to ensure each student had personal feedback and help from the faculty. The students were at different stages in their medical training, and not only did we have students from the University of Manchester, but from Keele and Sheffield Universities and even as far as Saudi Arabia!
The course itself covered a wide range of topics, including scrubbing and gowning, knot-tying, suturing and laparoscopic skills. The step-by-step approach with an initial demonstration was followed by a hands-on practical session supervised by a high tutor to student ratio. Senior faculty from the RCSEd as well as consultants from hospitals in the North West helped ensure an excellent standard of teaching. The atmosphere was stimulating, with faculty engaging the students and the room was sometimes interspersed with laughter as the occasional student managed to splatter a neighbour whilst excising a lesion, perhaps a little too enthusiastically!
We would like to thank Mr Roop Tandon and Mr Geoff Hooper who kindly facilitated this course along with the local faculty.
Ms Anam Ashraf,
Year 4 Medical Student, University of Manchester
With support from:
Dr Karen Au-Yeung,
Core Trainee in Surgery, Manchester Royal Infirmary
Mr Stuart Enoch,
Directorate of Clinical and Basic Science Research, Doctors Academy
Mr CR Selvasekar, Consultant Colorectal/laparoscopic Surgeon, The Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester