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In order for the Doctor trainee to perform surgery, he/she should have the basic knowledge and techniques. Traditionally this basic training was acquired while operating on real patients, however; this carried a risk of improper techniques and complications; therefore, the recent trend has switched to training the trainees on basic skills and techniques before he/she performs surgery on patients, various models have been used, these included common synthetic objects (e.g. foam), animal tissues, synthetic tissue-like materials and recently virtual reality. 

The basic surgical skills workshop focuses on the primary skills needed to operate on any patient, covering the skills across specialties. Further advanced and specialized training also has its training modules, but is specialty dependent. 


  • The course is an 8-hour workshop, starting from the basics of theater etiquette, hand gloving and gowning, moving into understanding the basic surgical instruments and their handling, then suture and needle materials, and finally suturing and tying techniques, the suturing is performed initially on dry materials then on real animal tissues to mimic live surgery 


  • 8 hours; one full day or two half days. 


    • Hand washing, gloving and gowning 
    • Introduction to surgical instruments 
    • Introduction to Suture materials 
    • Knot tying techniques 
  • Suturing techniques 
    • Lump excision 
  • Introduction to diathermy 

Target audience: 

    • Medical students 
    • Interns 
  • Junior residents 

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