Penn College students get first-hand practice with surgeons
Evangelical Community Hospital held its annual Surgical Skills workshop for 27 physician assistant students from Penn College on July 16. The students rotated through hands-on workshops demonstrated by surgeons, operating room nurses and clinical operations assistants associated with Evangelical Community Hospital.
The workshops included sterile technique, suturing, knot tying, laparoscopic surgery simulation and operating room suiting up, sterilization and familiarization in actual operating rooms. The students were also introduced to the manager of recruitment and retention at the hospital who spoke to them about employment possibilities after they complete their coursework.
All of the skill work stations are led by surgeons affiliated with Evangelical. During the two-hour long session, surgeons share tips and knowledge about the skills while at the same time answering any questions the students might have about applying what they’ve learned in the classroom to real life surgical cases.