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Student Surgical Interest Group (SSIG) Workshops

Each workshop listed below is offered twice during the year for a total of 16 workshops hosted by the Skills Center for the SSIG. Each workshop lasts two hours and is able to accommodate up to 25 students. Year 1 and Year 2 workshops would run parallel to each other throughout the year - September through April. Outlined is the curriculum and goals and objectives for each session:

Year 1 Medical Students

1. Knot tying/Basic Suturing

Goal: To introduce first year medical students to the technique of knot tying and basic suturing. By the end of the session the student will be able to demonstrate skills in:

  • Two handed square knot
  • Two handed surgeons knot
  • Instrument knot tying
  • Simple interrupted suturing
  • Simple continuous suturing

2.  Scrubbing and Gowning—Aseptic Technique

Goal: To train medical students in the appropriate procedures and methods of gowning and gloving in preparation for participation in the operating room. By the end of the session the students will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • List the sources of contamination in an operating room
  • Surgical scrub
  • Perform self-gowning technique.
  • Self-glove using the closed technique
  • Self-glove using the open technique
  • Perform assisted-gowning technique
  • Understand and identify the sterile field of the operating room

3. Instrumentation

Goal: To introduce medical students to the use and names of various surgical instruments. By the end of the session the students will be able to identify, appropriately handle and know the use of:

  • Basic cutting/dissecting instruments
  • Basic clamping/occluding instruments
  • Basic grasping/holding instruments
  • Basic retracting/exposing instruments
  • Needle holders instruments
  • Main instruments included in a major OR tray

4. Laparoscopy 101

Goal: To introduce medical students to laparoscopic instrumentation and basic dexterity drills. By the end of the session the students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of:

  • Driving the camera
  • Instrumentation
  • Bean Drop (one handed)
  • Peg transfer with dominant hand (one handed)


Year 2 Medical Students

1. Suturing 102

Goal: To train medical students in the technique of knot tying and suturing skills. By the end of the session the students will be able to demonstrate skills in:

  • Two handed and one handed knot tying
  • Subcuticular stitch
  • Horizontal mattress
  • Vertical mattress

2. IV Insertion

Goal: To train medical students to successfully place an IV. By the end of the session the students will be able to demonstrate skill and understanding of concepts in:

  • Vein dilation
  • Vein location
  • Device and gauge selection
  • Catheter insertion

3. Electrocautery

Goal: To train medical students in the use of electrocautery in the operating room. By the end of the session the students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of:

  • The principles of electrocautery and electrosurgery
  • Bovie settings and applications

4. Laparoscopy 102

Goal: To increase medical student dexterity in handling laparoscopic instrumentation. By the end of the session the students will be able to demonstrate:

  • Peg transfer with mid air transfer
  • Running the bowel
  • Terrible triangles (simulating throwing a stitch)

In addition to the workshops, the Skills Center also houses a library of information on national surgical residency training programs. This residency program resource is to support members of the SSIG in their application process.

 

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