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Surgical Summer School Strove for and Ensured Excellence

In August 2018, 24 Danish and international students completed the surgical summer school with impressive results.

Over three intensive weeks, 24 students of medicine from nine different countries acquired and practised surgical skills via simulation. The students learned to suture, perform sonographies, endoscopies and operations etc. They now have the best qualifications to continue with their specialist programme in surgery.

Students Impressed

At the closing reception for course participants, Course Director and Professor of Medical Education Lars Konge from CAMES (Copenhagen Academy for Medical Education and Simulation) expressed his satisfaction with the participants:

’At this course we have striven for excellence, and I am impressed by what I have seen. E.g. several of you achieved perfect scores in bronchoscopy (endoscopy of the airways, red.), and everyone has passed all the tests’, Lars Konge said to the students before presenting them with their diplomas.

’Now I Want to Become a Surgeon’

The participants were also happy with the course. Due to its great focus on hands-on and practical experience, they have learned a lot.

’We were allowed to do a lot more than I had expected and had ample opportunity to practise the various procedures. That was great. I did not really plan to become a surgeon, and I signed up for the course to make sure. Now I am 90 per cent certain that I want to become a surgeon. It has been a great experience’, said Antonio Loris d’Ottavio, who had travelled all the way from Ortona, Italy.

Training Is an Important Learning Approach

The summer school in simulated surgery was a pilot project funded through CHI funding from the Capital Region of Denmark’s Regional Growth and Development Strategy (ReVUS), which will run out by the end of 2018. The course has now run twice. Experience from the pilot project has made it clear that the participants’ learning outcome is huge; unfortunately, the course is too cost-intensive to continue without external funding.

However, this does not change Lars Konge’s hope that future medical training in general will live up to the same standards as medical research. I.e. that training is conducted via simulation and not on patients, ensuring that doctors do not get to operate on patients before they have acquired the technical skills.

’We know from research that even experienced surgeons have a learning curve when performing new procedures. So I hope that you, in addition to the surgical skills you have acquired, will take this form of training with you’, Lars Konge encouraged the future doctors and surgeons in his speech.

The activity was funded by the Capital Region of Denmark’s Regional Growth and Development Strategy:

Den Europæiske Socialfond