Seminars and workshops

Surgery research and teaching staff hold a number of ad hoc seminars and workshops to enable skills development for both students and practitioners. With an increasingly crowded curriculum these extra-curricular activities play an important role in medical education.

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Monash University Surgical Interest Workshop

The Monash University Surgical Interest Group hosted this year’s Alfred Surgical Skills Masterclass on 25 August, 2012 at the Australian Centre for Health Innovation, Alfred Hospital. The annual event hosted fifty students, and was aimed at promoting a career in surgery by providing them with the opportunity to practise various surgical skills under the guidance of experienced surgeons and surgical registrars.

The event commenced with a brief welcome by Professor Frank Rosenfeldt, followed by an overview of suturing techniques, presented by Professor Michael Leung. Groups of ten to twenty students then rotated through each skill station. Students developed and refined their skills in suturing and hand-tying, revised methods of surgical scrubbing, and tried their hand at manoeuvring laparoscopic simulators. The latter was quite popular among students, setting them the challenging task of using laparoscopic instruments to stack bolts and manipulate elastic bands.

MUSIG greatly appreciates the assistance of Prof Rosenfeldt along with Prof Jeffrey Rosenfeld, Prof Michael Leung, Prof Peter Hwang and Mr Peter Evans, and the surgical registrars and hospital staff who volunteered their time to supervise and teach students at the workshop, and without whom the event would not have been a success. MUSIG also acknowledges the contribution of Melinda Phang, a representative from Johnson & Johnson, for generously providing the laparoscopic simulators used at the event. MUSIG is particularly grateful to the Alfred Hospital for its support since 2009, and looks forward to an ongoing relationship.

The Monash University Surgical Interest Group (MUSIG) is a student-run organisation, founded in 2009 to promote surgery as a future vocation among medical students. MUSIG holds numerous annual events, including practical, hands-on workshops and information nights about how to best pursue a career in surgery.

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Monash University Surgical Interest Workshop

Professor Frank Rosenfeldt together with Ms Hannah Tan, Ms Sarah Tan and Mrs Samantha Dix organised the 3rd annual workshop for the Monash University Surgical Interest Group (MUSIG) in August 2011, which 24 students attended. Skills taught were suturing, knot tying, laparoscopic skills, scrubbing, gowning and gloving.