Our Cadaver Masterclass Anatomy & Surgery (Urogynaecology) is a hands-on training course that focuses on the female pelvic anatomy, surgical treatment of female stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. We held our March class at Kings College in London and welcomed a variety of delegates to train with our world renown faculty.
Our delegates told us they were taking part in the course to improve their skills and refresh their knowledge in areas such as avoiding complications during surgery. One surgeon candidly told us that he was aiming to better converse with his colleagues from different departments in order to provide a more rounded service for his patients. These are all well experienced professionals who believe as we do, that there is always room for improvement.
“Almost 8 billion humans on the planet, doing the same thing for every person is wrong.”
Activities began after a short presentation from anatomy lead Matt Szarko regarding the nerves, muscles and branches of arteries to be found in the pelvic area. Delegates then inspected several pro-sections to identify what they had been shown on screen. These investigations are important as no two patients are the same. The group addressed the subject of patient variables and noted that with “Almost 8 billion humans on the planet, doing the same thing for every person is wrong.” Another delegate told us that “Every hysterectomy you do is different, you have to make some variations.” Which is exactly why we offer the training we do. The delegates could relate what they were learning to their recent surgeries and experiences and will no doubt take their enhanced knowledge back to work with them, positively impacting their patients.
The NHS listed 380 never events in the year 2016-17. These ‘events’ include patients retaining a foreign object post-procedure and surgeons operating on the wrong site or even the wrong patients. These situations are appalling and indeed should never happen. Now more than ever, surgeons and doctors are at risk of legal troubles which is why our classes often include a medical legal session with Mr Alex Digesu. The delegates took part in an interactive discussion with case studies where real-life legal complications were debated. This conversation enabled the group to discuss various situations and eventualities that they would perhaps not have considered otherwise.
The remainder of the day was spent in the dissection lab for our cadaver workshop. Delegates were invited to practice procedures until they felt confident in their ability to do so. Hands-on cadaver training enables surgeons to learn how the nerves and fascia of the body will move around medical devices and their own hands during surgery. The type of practice available in our cadaver workshops is not attainable during live surgery so it’s incredibly important for all surgeons to have this opportunity. The professional support between delegates and the exchange of expert information, is another reason our classes work so well.
These classes wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of people donating their bodies to science. Shahab Siddiqi, Colorectal surgeon, spoke with gratitude about body donation saying, “I’m so grateful to these people who donate their bodies. It’s such an incredible thing to do.”
The Learning Curve
One of the key goals for LMEDAC is to ensure patients don’t bare the brunt of their surgeons’ learning curve. We offer cadaver training so that confidence in certain procedures can be built before they take place on a patient. Shahab told us that he has always appreciated the opportunity to learn, “My learning curve was always longer than others because for me to understand something it took a different level of knowledge, I’m not saying I’m better or worse… it just took longer.” We applaud his honesty and think more healthcare professionals could benefit from his attitude to learning. Shahab actively attends courses and specialist conferences to make sure his professional knowledge is as relevant as possible. Another delegate told us she hadn’t trained with a cadaver in ten years and so had found the course incredibly helpful. The workshop is an informal space so delegates are welcome to ask the faculty questions at any point for clarification and opinion sharing.
If you are interested in joining us to enhance your career, then please take a look at our course portfolio. Our classes are scheduled for various dates in different locations across the UK – if we don’t have something to suit your needs then please get in contact and let us know.