Surgical Suturing Workshop (SSW)
One of the most important medical skills that a medical student needs to acquire is surgical suturing skills. In fact, it’s commonly accepted that it is not a skill, but a necessity for any future physician: there are quite a few times when medical students graduate are called to suture a trauma or participate in an operating room, regardless of the specialty they are going to follow.
The absence of practical training in suturing skills in Greek Universities and the necessity of surgical stitching gave birth to the Surgical Suturing Workshop, that since its inception has trained more than 1000 medical students! This 5-hour seminar aims to cover both the theoretical background of the trauma and its treatment, and also, the practical part, with students practicing in cadaveric or animal material under the supervision of professors.
The main objectives of the program are:
- Education on basic theoretical knowledge about trauma and treatment
- Practice in wound caring and stitching – always under supervision
- Providing future doctors stitching and trauma handling skills, making them capable of responding to emergencies or/and other medical services
- Identification of problems in the curriculum, particularly concerning the practical application of knowledge.
The program is being carried out in collaboration with the Departments of General Surgery of the University Hospitals in Athens, Alexandroupolis, Heraklion, Thessaloniki, Ioannina and Patras.