Exposure of Year One Medical Students to General SurgeryCreated by:
A Year One medical student of mine recently went for a suturing workshop held during the school holidays.
She commented that it was tough trying to absorb all the different knots and suturing styles. However, she did learn a little more about the different types of sutures, their classifications and which was appropriate for which procedure. It was commented that suturing remains a less studied subject by the majority of medical students who feel that it will not be tested in examinations.
If a student were to be interested in surgery, how can he/she practise suturing and tying surgical knots with the limited resources available? Buying the suture and needles required, or even a dummy would be far too costly for any student, so what would be a good substitute then?