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Updated: July 10, 2013 02:10 IST

New centre to shape students’ surgical skills

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Dr. P.H. Anantanarayanan, acting director JIPMER inaugurated Surgical Technology Learning Centre, which is to equip aspiring surgeons with enough skills to take on live surgeries, in Puducherry on Tuesday. Photo: G. Krishnaswamy
Dr. P.H. Anantanarayanan, acting director JIPMER inaugurated Surgical Technology Learning Centre, which is to equip aspiring surgeons with enough skills to take on live surgeries, in Puducherry on Tuesday. Photo: G. Krishnaswamy

Now the students at the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research will be able to practice their surgical skills before they actually start working with live patients. On Tuesday, the Department of Surgical Gastroenterology inaugurated the surgical technology learning centre, which was installed at a cost of Rs. 3.8 crore.

According to the Head of the Department Biju Pottakkat, the simulation machine will be used to train all students who wish to perform laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures. The lab will simulate various procedures in the field of gastroenterology, urology, gynaecology and even bronchoscopies.

There are a total of nine instruments that have been installed and they will be able to test the skill of students at three different levels. The first level of training will be to do basic laparoscopy, cutting and suturing.

In the second level, the machines will simulate complete surgeries and in the third level of skill-training, the student will receive “real tissue feedback” where they will be told if they injured a tissue or organ while performing the simulated surgery.

Minimum hours

The plan is to eventually ensure that all students perform a minimum of 40 hours of surgery using these machines before they enter into actual surgery. JIPMER could also become a hub for other medical colleges in the area to train their candidates, he said.

The skills laboratory was inaugurated by Director in-charge of JIPMER P.H. Anantanarayanan.

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