Basic Surgical Skills Course at the Department of Surgery, Medical School - University of Malta

The University Department of Surgery in conjunction with the Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow is organising the BSS skills course. This is the second time this is being held and this follows the overwhelming success of the first Basic Surgical Skills course held in Malta in June 2004. In addition, a further one day Anastomosis course is being held.

The courses will be held at Medical School in GíMangia between Monday 18th and Friday 22nd April 2005.  Nineteen delegates will be participating in one or both courses.

The three-day Basis Surgical Skills course is structured to teach basic surgical techniques and dexterity to young doctors commencing their early surgical career.  These courses cover a range of skills and techniques required for open surgery, trauma, orthopaedics and minimal access surgery.  The Anastomosis course deals with suturing techniques of bowel and major vessels.

The local co-ordinator is Professor Godfrey LaFerla, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery.  Mr Charles Borg Galea is providing local technical support.

The visiting Faculty team from the Royal College of Surgeons who will be running the courses includes Mr Paul Teenan, Mr Patrick Finn, Mr Clark Dreghorn as consultant surgeons and Mr Robert McAnnany as the technical officer.

As is traditional on such occasions, a course dinner will be held on the final evening, where delegates, tutors and those involved in ensuring the success of such a venture, get the chance to meet each other informally.  At the end of the dinner, the successful delegates will be awarded their certification.

This event has once again been kindly sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Professional Export through their local representatives A. M. Mangion Ltd.