A group of Year 12 students recently travelled to the Royal College of Surgeons for a surgical skills workshop.
They began the day in the Hunterian Museum, where they saw a variety of specimens preserved in jars, including body parts, and foetuses. The next activity was to learn how to suture, taught by volunteer medical students and foundation doctors. This was an interactive session and all the students were able to test their skills on mannequin arms.
The experience was very rewarding for the students who were also fortunate enough to be guided through two individual surgical procedures on video by another volunteer , namely an arterial bypass and brain surgery to remove a meningioma. The day itself was an amazing experience for all the students, and as one student put it, "It gave us an 'inside look' into the wonders of medicine and surgery, it was fantastic"!