Basic Surgical Skills Course
2nd, 3rd and 4th October 2017
Simulation and Skills Centre, University Teaching Hospital Of Kigali (‘CHUK’), Rwanda

date_range Date(s) 2nd, 3rd and 4th October 2017
location_city Venue Simulation and Skills Centre,
University Teaching Hospital Of Kigali (‘CHUK’),
Closing Date Places will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis and therefore we are unable to provide a precise closing date.
Dress code Professional/Semi-formal.

The ethos of this Basic Surgical Skills Course (BSSC) is to install core surgical skills at the very start of a surgeon's training by teaching the correct basic technique.

Junior Trainees pursuing a career in surgery are expected to be able to perform a range of basic surgical skills prior to commencing specialty surgical training. These skills are not specifically covered during their foundation or core training placements.

Aims & Objectives:

The Basic Surgical Skills course has been running since 1994, with the involvement of all four UK and Ireland Colleges of Surgeons, and is designed to teach the essential basic technical skills required of a surgeon, instilling good practice at the early stages of training.

Participants are introduced to the principles underpinning the various techniques with individual tuition and under the expert supervision of consultant surgeons. Participants are assessed throughout the course and issues with a certificate upon successful completion.

Learning Style:

The course is held over three days. The first day is a 'Train the Trainer’ session. The subsequent days involves a series of demonstrations and extensive hands on session. Techniques are practiced using a combination of prepared animal tissue, synthetic models and simulation.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an appropriate procedure for 'gowning' and 'gloving' in accordance with recommended standards of practice
  • Tie a variety of reliable knots, including, surgical reef knots and the Aberdeen knot and tying at depth.
  • Describe correct handling and use of surgical instruments.
  • Suture a variety of tissues, including skin, bowel, vascular tissue and tendons effectively.
  • Perform abscess drainage and contaminated wound debridement in accordance with the basic principles of wound management.
  • Demonstrate safe fine tissue handling utilising small bowel, vascular and tendon models for basic anastomoses technique.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic diathermic technique.
  • Demonstrate effective management of ergonomic issues commonly encountered in endoscopic surgery.


  • Mr Stuart Fergusson, MBChB, MRCS (Glas)
  • Dr Georges Ntakiyiruta, MMED, FCS (ECSA)
  • Mr David Sedgwick, MBChB, FRCS (Ed.)

Target Audience:

TRAINEE surgeons




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