Date    :  9th June (Monday) 2014, 10th June (Tuesday) 2014,
11th June (Wednesday) 2014, 12th June (Thursday) 2014, 13th June (Friday) 2014

Venue :  Medical and Surgical Skills Institute Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, GHANA


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.


On completion of the course, the participant 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
  • Appreciate the safe use of local anaesthesia
  • 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 essential steps to debride a traumatic wound effectively
  • Perform basic techniques used for laparoscopy
  • Understand the principles of using diathermy safely.
  • 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 medical students intending to pursue a career in surgery
  • Certificate for portfolio from The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Doctors Academy
Number of places: Strictly limited to 12 per course and, as such, will be offered on a 'first-come-first-served' basis.

Course fee: £20.00

Early bird until 26th May 2014: 90 Ghana Cedis
After 26th May till close of registration: 100 Ghana Cedis
Registration will close when all places are taken up and hence we are unable to provide a precise closing date for the individual dates.

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