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Surgical Skills Training Programs with Certification

A combination of theoretical review, hands-on cadaver center and live patient observation:

We are one of the few programs in the country that have such an extensive curriculum for surgical skills training and we are expanding on a significant basis. This is a provisional list and we do roughly 36-38 sessions every year.

It has been arranged through the department of Surgery to enable surgical residents to practice surgical techniques/procedures prior to undertaking the same procedures in the operating room. The purpose of this exercise is to provide residents with the opportunity to perform the surgical procedures in a more learner-friendly and less tense environment. The cadaver lab sessions will have a major emphasis on teaching surgical skills to Surgery Residents in the current work hour environment. These sessions will consist of taking residents through surgical procedures appropriate for the year of training under the guidance of Faculty of the Department of Surgery. The Faculty will take the residents through the pertinent anatomy prior to letting them perform the procedures under direct supervision.

It is envisaged that attempts will be made to limit the number of residents (2-5) per session, so that all residents can actually perform the procedures to enhance the learning potential. The “small group model” enables a good Faculty to resident ration of 1:2. The cadavers used are “lightly embalmed” and differ from the cadavers that first year medical students dissect upon. The “lightly embalmed” cadavers differ from the regular cadavers in that the structures/viscera look and feel more like the live tissue encountered in the operating room. The similarity to live tissue, small groups of residents and presence of the Faculty provides the right environment for surgical residents to practice and learn the techniques of Surgery. For more information, please contact the International department at nmamdani@nebraskamed.com

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