A novel cadaver-based dissection course for open general surgery

Wu, Roxanne, De Costa, Alan, and Hattam, Andrew (2014) A novel cadaver-based dissection course for open general surgery. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 84 (Supplement 1). SE09. p. 178.

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Anatomy courses based on cadaver dissection are designed to teach anatomic details and relationships, with those provided for surgical trainees/surgeons reflecting the practical application to operative surgery.

The Anatomy of Surgical Exposure is a new cadaver-based dissection course where participants perform simulated surgical procedures in order to learn how to expose body regions for surgical intervention and to avoid anatomic hazards. These techniques of surgical exposure underpin the performance of open surgery. As this was a simulation-based course, educational principles involving briefing and debriefing were used throughout with good effect.

Over a three-day period, participants perform a range of common and anatomically challenging open procedures on cadavers, including carpal tunnel decompression, axillary clearance, femoral hernia repair, cholecystectomy, thyroidectomy and sub-xiphoid drainage of the pericardium, with the assistance and supervision of experienced general surgeons. A detailed manual outlines the steps to be achieved and anatomical features to be identified, all of which contribute to assessment and debriefing.

This presentation outlines the organization, methods and outcomes of the first course in the Anatomy of Surgical Exposure.

Item ID: 52515
Item Type: Article (Abstract)
ISSN: 1445-2197
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Presented at the RACS Annual Scientific Congress and ANZCA Annual Scientific Meeting, Singapore, 5-9 May 2014

Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2018 02:05
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110323 Surgery @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920118 Surgical Methods and Procedures @ 100%
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