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Students are excited about unique summer school

Excited students have just finished the first summer school in simulated surgery and they are not doubting whether the hands-on experience has improved their technical competencies.

Friday 25th August, the intense summer school in simulated surgery culminated with a final exam and reception for the 26 Danish and international students. The summer school has focused on teaching the medical students the practical skills within surgery with help from virtual reality, simulation phantoms and by operating on pigs.

Improvement of technical skills

It were happy and satisfied students who were relieved that they all passed.

“I have never tried simulation on my education,” Jacob Van Langenhove says, who studies Medicine on KU Leuven in Belgium. “It has been very nice to try it off practically here. I have learned a lot.”

Tanja Jensen from University of Copenhagen knows that she wants to be a surgeon and has through her education lacked hands-on training. “With simulation you cannot do anything wrong. I have practiced a lot and could already feel, that I have improved technically and when it comes to coordination, when we were out in the clinic during the course. I feel very lucky that I have received the opportunity to participate in such a unique summer course. It has been great!” says Tanja.

Theory is not enough

For clinical professor Lars Konge from the Capital Region of Denmark’s simulation center CAMES (Copenhagen Academy for Medical Education and Simulation) at Rigshospitalet, who runs the summer school, it has been an important milestone to complete the first summer school in simulated surgery.

“We use six years to make the best and most skillful students better and more skillful by giving them more knowledge. Then, we give them a couple of weeks, where they shadow an experienced doctor and then we expect that they become skillful doctors. But it is not enough to be a good student. You also have to learn and train the practical skills. Therefore, this summer school is an important first step to train skillful practical doctors!”

The Course Director is very satisfied

Lars Konge has had three success criteria for the summer school.

1.     The students have to have fun

2.     Everyone have to acquire  new competencies

3.     Minimum one foreign student has to return to Denmark and practice medicine here.

In his speech to  his students, he evaluated specifically on the last two criteria’s.

”We have succeeded to ensure you new competencies. We are very satisfied with you. All of you did good on the bronchoscopy test (endoscopic examination of the airways, ed.). I have seen hundreds of doctors completing it and you were very good,” Lars Konge satisfyingly told the students.

“We have not reached the finish line with the third success criteria yet – but we will get there. I am sure that some of you will return and enjoy the fantastic healthcare sector, we have here in Denmark”.

Simulation has an important role in medical education

It is the medical education at the University of Copenhagen that offers the summer school and Head of Studies Jørgen Kurtzhals is excited to collaborate with CAMES about the different type of education.

“Simulation training is a wonderful tool that gives the students the opportunity to gain sufficient skills before they work with real patients. The staff at CAMES deeply reflect on what they teach and why. I hope that you with time will acknowledge how useful this course has been for your future work”, he said in his speech to the students.

“I am sure that all simulation, virtual reality and other education tools will play a larger role in medical education. Here, our faculty (the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at UCPH, ed.) and CAMES will be the front runners”.

The summer school is financed by the Capital Region of Denmark’s Regional Growth and Development strategy (ReVUS):