ESSENTIAL SURGICAL SKILLS

(for Surgeons-in-Training [ESSSiT])

20th and 21st March 2021

Apollo Buckingham Health Science Campus, Crewe

About

This two-day course is aimed at providing the surgical trainee with an overview of the essential principles, core concepts and fundamental skills relevant for foundation and core surgical training. The course comprises of hands-on training in surgical skills using animal tissue, interspersed with structured and focused teaching on the principles behind undertaking common operative procedures. In addition to teaching the skills required to practicesafe operative surgery, the course also emphasises the value of being an effective assisting surgeon.

With a high tutor-to-delegate ratio, this course is designed to equip the surgical trainee with the essential surgical skills that will be expected of a foundation year or coresurgical trainee in the operating theatre. The course also includes pertinent discussions on the management of patients with trauma and those presenting with surgical emergencies.

A formal assessment will be carried out for award of Certification of Completion of the Course.

Topics Covered

  • Aseptic Precautions in the Operating Theatre.
  • Scrubbing and Handwashing Technique.
  • Closed Method of Gowning and Gloving.
  • Surgical Knot-Tying (Reef; Surgeon's; Tying at Depth;Slip Knot; Instrument Tie).
  • Basics of Suture Materials and Needles.
  • Safe Infiltration of Local Anaesthesia.
  • Correct Handling of Common Surgical Instruments and Disposing of Sharps.
  • Suturing Techniques I: Interrupted, Vertical and Horizontal Mattress.
  • Suturing Techniques II: Subcuticular, Continuous and Aberdeen Knot.
  • Figure of '8' Haemostatic Stitch.
  • Excision of a Simulated Cutaneous Lesion and Closure.
  • Removal of a Simulated Epidermoid Cyst.
  • Draining an Abscess.
  • Debriding a Contaminated Wound.
  • Placement of and Securing a Surgical Drain.
  • Methods of Wound Closure and Reconstructive Ladder.
  • Assessing a Hand Injury.
  • Repairing a Flexor Tendon.
  • Principles of Managing Patients with Trauma.
  • Principles of Managing Patients with Shock.
  • Laparotomy and Closure.
  • Mesentery: Ligation in Continuity.
  • Mesentery: Pedicle Ligation.
  • Mesentery: Transfixing a Pedicle.
  • Lymph Node Biopsy.
  • Types of Colectomies.
  • End-to-End Bowel Anastomosis.
  • Principles of Vascular Surgery (Bypass and Stents).
  • Arteriotomy and Vein Patch.
  • Basic Principles of Surgical Diathermy.
  • Laparoscopic Surgery (stacking).
  • Laparoscopic Surgery (cutting).
  • Laparoscopic Surgery (threading).

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, asurgical trainee should:
  • have understood the main principles of effective surgical scrubbing.
  • have appreciated the importance of aseptic precautions in surgery.
  • be able to gown in a correct manner.
  • be able to carry out the closed method of gloving.
  • have gained an appreciation of the different suture materials and surgical needles.
  • be able to institute local anaesthesia in a safe and efficient manner.
  • be able to handle surgical instruments correctly and dispose of the sharps safely.
  • be able to tie a secure reef and surgeon’s knot,tie a knot at depth, and perform an instrument tie.
  • be able to execute basic and advanced suturing techniques.
  • be able to excise a lesion and close the wound.
  • be able to excise a subcutaneous cyst and close the wound.
  • have understood the principles behind draining an abscess and planning appropriate wound management.
  • have understood the principles behind debriding a traumatic contaminated wound in an effective manner.
  • be able to safely secure a surgical drain.
  • have understood the essential concepts in wound healing and the principles of reconstructive surgery.
  • have understood the principles of managing patients with trauma.
  • have understood the principles of managing patients with shock.
  • be able to perform a laparotomy and close the abdomen.
  • be able to appreciate the indications and principles behind colectomies.
  • be able to ligate a pedicle in a mesentery and transfix a pedicle.
  • be able to perform an end-to-end anastomosis of the bowel.
  • have understood the theory behind vascular bypass procedures and the insertion of vascular stents.
  • be able to perform an arteriotomy.
  • be able to close an arteriotomy incision with a vein patch.
  • have understood the principles of surgical diathermy and using it in a safe and efficient manner.
  • have understood and appreciated the ergonomics and the skills required inlaparoscopic surgery.

Reviews

Outstanding teaching (especially from Prof) with thorough explanations and demonstrations. All tutors were committed to ensuring we understood and were able to perform each skill to the highest standard. Course organisers were fantastic with prompt communication and updates in relation the course. Thanks so much for being able to put on the course!

MW
Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, UK
Essential Surgical Skills (for Surgeons-in-Training), 9th and 10th January 2021, Cardiff

Thank you to all the staff at Doctors Academy for a very valuable experience. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and appreciate the time and effort put in from all the members of the faculty. I would recommend this course to my friends and colleagues as a great opportunity to improve their surgical skills.

KV
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, UK
Essential Surgical Skills (for Surgeons-in-Training), 9th and 10th January 2021, Cardiff

Excellent 2 days with topics covered at an appropriate level. Everything is wanted to know at my level as a core trainee was taught.

TS
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
Essential Surgical Skills (for Surgeons-in-Training), 9th and 10th January 2021, Cardiff

The tutor: student ratio was perfect. Always somebody available to answer questions or assist. Great course and learned a lot.

SW
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
Essential Surgical Skills (for Surgeons-in-Training), 9thand 10th January 2021, Cardiff

The most interesting and interactive course I have attended. Time swished by. Understood the techniques and principles for many surgical procedures. Thank you to the organisers.

NA
Weston Area Health NHS Trust
Essential Surgical Skills (for Surgeons-in-Training), 9 th and 10 th January 2021, Cardiff

It was a fantastic and enjoyable course with dedicated and talented teachers.

CC
Burton Hospitals NHS Trust
Essential Surgical Skills (for Surgeons-in-Training), 9 th and 10th January 2021, Cardiff

Amazing course. In depth knowledge and great delivery of content by tutors. Lots of time to practice skills and improve. Also really good animal models to practice skills such as tendon repair, laparotomy, bowel anastomosis and vein patch.

DP
Burton Hospitals NHS Trust
Essential Surgical Skills (for Surgeons-in-Training), 9th and 10th January 2021, Cardiff

Suitable For

  • Foundation Year Doctors
  • Core Surgical Trainees
  • Junior Surgeons
  • Specialist Surgical Trainees (up to ST4 level)
  • Junior Surgical Registrars
  • Surgical Staff Grades

Quick Information
Places are currently available.
Date 20th and 21st March 2021
Venue
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Apollo Buckingham Health Science Campus, Crewe
Course Fee £345.00
Closing Date Places will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis and therefore we are unable to provide a precise closing date.
No of Places 16
Dress code Professional/Semi-formal
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