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Basic Surgical Skills Workshop

Surgical residents and trainees are expected to be competent in performing a range of basic surgical
skills prior to commencing more advanced surgical training. These skills are not specifically covered
during medical school nor often are there opportunities in the operating theatre for these skills to be demonstrated and practiced. Thus there is a need to provide an environment where such techniques and skills can be learned through a structured curriculum.

The workshop has been running since 2009 and the faculty is composed of a select group of surgeons, each with a wide range of knowledge and experience in teaching. SSSC trains more than 30 trainees in Basic Surgical Skills each year.

A pre-course on-line electronic learning module consisting of a series of lectures must be read prior to attending the course. The course is held over one day and is made up of a series of demonstrations and extensive hands-on sessions. Techniques are practiced using a combination of synthetic models, pork tissue and laparoscopic simulators.

Attendees will be working with pig tissue. The risk of Hepatitis E transmission is minimal if proper precautions are observed but it is recommended that pregnant women should avoid working directly with any pig material.    

Course Objective

The aim of this workshop is to provide a structured curriculum to teach the correct basic surgical techniques and to instill in the trainees the best habits at the beginning of a surgeon’s training.

At the end of the workshop, trainees will be able to demonstrate the correct basic surgical techniques and appreciate the theoretical and practical knowledge of basic surgical procedures.

Target Audience

This workshop is strongly recommended as a mandatory programme for all surgical residencies, i.e.
General Surgery, Orthopaedics, Otolaryngology, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Hand Surgery, Plastic and
Urology. It is also recommended for House Officers, Residents, Medical Officers and anyone interested to learn good basic surgical techniques.

*Priority will be given to SingHealth Surgical Trainees.

**Course commencement is subjected to minimum class size of 12

Date & Time

Saturday, 15 Feb 2020

8:30am - 5:00pm

Course Fees (GST Inclusive)

S$85.60 (After 80% Subsidy from Surgery ACP for SingHealth staff)

S$428 (Non-SingHealth staff)

Payment details will be advised upon successful registration.


20 College Road, Singapore 169856 (Located in SGH Campus) 


To register, please email

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