Published: 06/28/2013

Penn College Physician Assistant Students Get Unique Learning Experience at Evangelical Community Hospital

Evangelical Community Hospital held its annual Surgical Skills workshop for 29 Physician Assistant students from Penn College on Thursday, June 27, 2013. The students rotated through workshops by surgeons, OR Nurses, and Clinical Operations Assistants associated with Evangelical Community Hospital.
 
The workshops included suturing, knot tying, laparoscopic surgery simulation, and operating room practice.
 
The program has been held for 11 years through the cooperative efforts of Evangelical Community Hospital and the Physician Assistant program at Penn College and is an excellent opportunity for students to practice the skills learned in the classroom with experienced surgeons guiding them on their technique.
 
In addition to the hands-on workshops, the night included a question and answer time with the surgeons as well as a visit into one of the new operating rooms of the Donehower-Eisenhauer pavilion and an opportunity to scrub up and practice their sterilization and washing techniques for surgical procedures.

 

James Morgan, MD, FACS, Medical Director of Wound and Hyperbaric Medicine at Evangelical Community Hospital instructs Katherine McCollum of Williamsport, PA, in the proper technique for suturing.

John Turner, MD, FACS Medical Director of the Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health and surgeon specializing in breast care, advises Katherine Kudrick of Danville and Burgandy Gray of Sayre in how to properly tie slip knots and square knots with one and two hands. Both knot tying techniques are commonly used in surgical procedures.

Jaclyn DeLaretis of Hazleton and Oana Stingu from Binghamton, New York, practice using laparoscopic instruments in a simulation lab to move a gummy bear into a cup. The lab shows students the challenges of picking up and moving items using only a monitor for visualization. In the simulation one student uses a camera tool to help guide their fellow student in using other laparscopic tools.

James Morgan, MD, FACS, Medical Director of Wound and Hyperbaric Medicine at Evangelical Community Hospital instructs Jenny Dengler of Lawrenceville, PA, in the proper technique for suturing.