Cluj-Napoca, Romania

The International School of Advanced Surgical Skills

when 15 July 2016 - 24 July 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 330

This course consists of 6 modules (1 module per day) with the duration of approximately 7 hours per day. The modules starts on Monday – the 20th of July 2015 and finishes on the following Monday – the 27th of July 2015; one of these days – Sunday, the 26th of July most probably - will be mainly for trips and fun.

Each module has a theoretical part assisted by instructors of SSCR and medical doctors. The instructors will provide additional information to the presentations and will engage with the participants in discussions on the given topic.

The theoretical part of the course is accompanied by a practical part consisting in demonstrations performed by the main instructor at the central desk, whose instructions are followed step by step by the participants working at their tables. The demonstrations carried out by the main instructor are filmed and presented in real time.

Given the fact that surgery involves teamwork, the 24 participants are arranged in pairs at the 12 work tables. Each student will be given a surgical kit as well as an instructor which will sit among the students, supervising and helping participants in making the surgical maneuvers designed and explained by the main instructor. Each technique is repeated until all students get accustomed to it and only afterwards is the next one presented.

• Principles of asepsis and antisepsis used in the operating room; knot tying and types of sutures;
• The surgical instruments and their use, focusing on the specific ones for different surgical specialties;
• Plastic and reconstructive surgery skills (multiple skin flap techniques, tendon reconstruction);
• Vascular surgical skills (notions of vascular suture, arterial anastomosis and reconstruction);
• Digestive surgical skills (intestinal anastomoses-multiple types and techniques);
• Laparoscopic surgical skills (including performing a cholecystectomy on experimental swine liver);
• Skills pertaining to urology (ureteral anastomosis and ureteral reimplantation);
• Common surgical maneuvers (urethral catheterization, nasogastric catheterization, rectal and vaginal examination, oral/tracheal intubation) performed on mannequins.


Friday, the 15th of July
Participants' arrival and accommodation
17:00 - Opening ceremony
20:00 - Welcoming dinner

Saturday, the 16th of July – Knots & Sutures
08:30 - Breakfast
09:00 - 14:00 - Course & Coffee Breaks
13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch
from 14:00 - Social Program

Sunday, the 17th of July – Plastic Surgery
08:30 - Breakfast
09:00 - 17:00 - Course & Coffee Breaks
13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch
from 19:00 - Social Program

Monday, the 18th of July – Vascular Surgery
08:30 - Breakfast
09:00 - 17:00 - Course & Coffee Breaks
13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch
from 19:00 - Social Program

Tuesday, the 19th of July
Social program only

Wednesday, the 20th of July – Digestive Surgery
08:30 - Breakfast
09:00 - 17:00 - Course & Coffee Breaks
13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch
from 19:00 - Social Program

Thursday, the 21st of July – Laparoscopic Surgery
08:30 - Breakfast
09:00 - 17:00 - Course & Coffee Breaks
13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch
from 19:00 - Social Program

Friday, the 22nd of July – Urology
08:30 - Breakfast
09:00 - 17:00 - Course & Coffee Breaks
13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch
from 19:00 - Social Program

Saturday, the 23rd of July
09:30 - Breakfast
10:00 - 13:00 - Recapitulation & Certificate delivery
13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch
21:00 - Ending/farewell party/dinner

Sunday, the 24th of July
Departure of participants

*the daily schedule may vary and the final form shall be announced later on.

Course leader

Sergiu Maior
0040 751 367 481

Diana Schlanger
0040 743 300 045

Ramona Vinasi
0040 748 807 231

Target group

Medical students who have completed at least their 1st year of study.

Prerequisite (the student should have proof of ONE of the 3 following criteria in order to submit their registration form):

1. The participant has completed a Basic Surgical Skills workshop, in preference the ones organized by the Romanian Students' Surgery Society (this includes The Surgery Summer Camp or The International Surgery Summer School);

2. The participant has completed the General Surgery Module at his home Faculty;

3. The participant has completed a month of clinical practice (during summer practice, for example) in a Surgery Department;

Course aim

This summer school will enable participants:

- to study and acquire advanced surgical skills in various surgical specialties;
- evaluate their workmanship and decide whether they will settle upon a surgical career;
- engage in a future residency program well prepared, both in a theoretical and a practical manner.

The course also aims to create:

- a relaxed but in the same time professional working atmosphere, that would allow the students to fulfill their educational goals as well as to get to know other colleagues from various medical centers
- to learn to work as a team and to build friendships.

All of these objectives would eventually lead to better relationships between universities and set the foundation for future national and international projects.

Fee info

EUR 330: Registration deadline : the 18th of May 2016