Date :       7th November 2009

Venue :   Education and Research Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester


The Scalpel Undergraduate Surgery Conference (SUSC 09), aimed at undergraduate medical students, is intended to provide students with the opportunity to present the work (clinical or research projects, audit and research) they have undertaken and completed.  Prizes will be awarded to the best oral and poster presentations. In addition, there will be key-note lectures from eminent UK surgeons, who will deliver topics relevant to undergraduates with an interest in surgery.  The day will end with a dinner at a local Manchester restaurant preceded by a prize giving ceremony.

Surgical skills sessions during the day will provide an opportunity for students to practice, enhance and consolidate their surgical skills. There will be approximately 15 students per group and the sessions (2 sessions per stream with 15 students each) will be led by practising surgeons under the auspices of Doctors Academy.  The workshops will be run at three levels of complexity, namely:  Basic Surgical Skills that includes surgical knot-tying and simple suturing; Intermediate surgical skills that includes wound debridement, excision of simple lesions and complex suturing (subcuticular, mattress), and; Tendon Repair that focuses on the different ways to perform primary repair of tendons. All necessary equipments will be provided.  Pig’s trotters and chicken thighs will be used in the sessions to practice suturing and wound debridement skills

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