Though it was a cold and wet night, the students, who included first year graduate entry students studying at Monash Rural Health Churchill and year three students undertaking their rural placements with Monash Rural Health in Warragul and Traralgon, bought a healthy dose of enthusiasm with them.
|Suturing: students were able to learn new skills at the workshop|
The Gippsland Surgical Skills Workshop was a student-led initiative co-ordinated by the Monash University Surgical Interest Group (MUSIG), a committee of medical students formed eight years ago to promote the field of surgery to fellow Monash medical students.
While the workshops are held regularly in metropolitan locations this was only the second of its kind to be hosted in Gippsland and the first at Latrobe Regional Hospital, said MUSIG Gippsland representative Michael Zhang. Mr Zhang said that while students were taught the basics of suturing during the workshop, it was an opportunity to experience laparoscopic simulation on a number of simulators, some loaned from the Royal Australian College of Surgeons in Melbourne and some local laparoscopic equipment purchased from a Better Teaching Better Learning grant, that proved to be the highlight of the night.
Mr Zhang said local students, most of whom had never sutured before, had embraced the chance to learn new skills and “experience the wonders of laparoscopic keyhole techniques.” The event’s success has led to plans for a more advanced workshop during semester two, he added.
|Keyhole simulation: a laparoscopic simulator was part of the worksnhop|
The workshop was supported by local surgeon and specialists including Dr Narelle Mackay, Mr Neil Jayasuriya, Mr Siva Ravindran, Mr David Birks and surgical registrars Dr Thomas Suhardja and Dr Simon Bazaadut. A contingent of Monash Rural Health Latrobe Valley and West Gippsland staff also helped to facilitate the event.