Cadaver Dissection Course (General Surgery) (23-24 July 2018)

Mon, Jul 23, 2018 8:00 AM (GMT+8)
Dissection Hall, Department of Anatomy, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University Of Singapore 4 Medical Drive, MD10, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University Of Singapore, 117594

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Under the auspice of the College of Surgeons of Singapore in collaboration with the Department of Anatomy, YLL School of Medicine, NUS, we will be running the second General Surgery Cadaver Course in July 2018. 


This is an advanced hands-on general surgery dissection course using fresh frozen cadavers with soft or fixed specimens. Although there will be mini-lectures, the emphasis will be on hands on dissection. 


The fresh frozen cadavers are sourced locally from the 'Silent Mentor Program' under the leadership of A/Prof Ng Yee Kong & Samuel Tay Sam Wah (Department of Anatomy). As they have wished that this collaborative project will benefit surgeons in training (who will serve the population ultimately), the invitation is extended to all trainees island wide.

Date: 23 & 24 July 2018 (Monday & Tuesday)
Venue: Dissection Hall, Department of Anatomy, MD 10, NUS
Time: 0800- 1800 hr 
Registration includes lunch & tea breaks

Day 1: 23rd July 2018 Monday
Thorax & abdomen (supra-colic compartment) covering:

  • Access to thoracic cavity- different incision 
  • Mobilization of lung
  • Access to heart & oesophagus 
  • Stomach- partial gastrectomy 
  • Duodenum- bleeding & perforation
  • Liver- mobilization & packing in trauma
  • Gallbladder & biliary- open cholecystectomy & Pringle maneuver
  • Spleen: trauma & removal
  • Pancreas- exposure 
Day 2- 24th July 2018 (Tuesday)
Colon, anorectal & vascular 
  • Anatomy of the anorectal area- applied to sepsis & fistula in ano
  • Sphincter repair
  • Right hemicolectomy
  • Hartmann Procedure 
  • Total mesorectal excision
  • Vascular - access to peripheral (upper & lower limb) and central (carotid, mesenteric aorta, etc) vessels 
  • Approach to vascular injury
  • Fasciotomy- how to do it
  • Amputation

The workshop will be led by experienced surgeons with mini lectures.
The theme this year is: 'Emergency & trauma Surgery'. We will focus on exposure of anatomy critical in open emergency general surgery with pitfalls & caveats. 
This intensive two-day program is divided into modules. Participants are expected to cover all four modules in two days with most of the specific procedures as mentioned below:
Module: Thorax

  • Access to thorax: Emergency thoracotomy; median sternotomy; clam shell incision
  • Mobilization of lungs in bleeding; emergency lobectomy; approach to pulmonary hilum; How to open a peri-cardial window 
  • Open cardiac massage
Module: Abdomen- UGI & HPB
  • Access to supra-colic compartment: Stomach, duodenum & retropeitoneum (pancreas)
  • Approach to UGI- perforation & bleeding
  • Emergency partial gastrectomy
  • Medial to lateral mobilization
  • Mobilization of liver in trauma & packing of liver 
  • Emergency open cholecystectomy
  • Emergency distal pancreatectomy
  • Emergency splenectomy- how to do it
Module: Anorectal & pelvis
  • Anorectal anatomy relevant to sepsis & fistula- How to drain it 
  • Sphincter repair 
  • Emergency right hemicolectomy
  • Hartman Procedure
Vascular surgery
  • Exposure of carotid, aorta, mesenteric, femoral, upper limb vessels
  • Emergency embolectomy
  • How to do a fasciotomy 

The course is suitable for general surgery trainees. Priority will be given to general surgery residents in training. However, anyone (practicing surgeons and non-career grade doctors) wishing to refresh his/her anatomy relevant to general surgery is welcome to apply. 
To maximize learning, there will be a high teaching faculty to student ratio. Only eight places are available.
Registration fee: $800 plus GST for two days.
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Cadaver Dissection Course (General Surgery) (23-24 July 2018)

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