Published: 07/17/2014

Penn College Students Get First-Hand Practice With Evangelical Surgeons

Evangelical Community Hospital held its annual Surgical Skills workshop for 27 Physician Assistant students from Penn College on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. The students rotated through hands-on workshops demonstrated by surgeons, OR 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 workstations are led by surgeons of Surgical Specialists of 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.

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Physician assistant students of Penn College, Sydney Shreck of Northumberland and Christin Bell of Williamsport, practice knot-tying and trimming during the annual surgical skills workshop at Evangelical Community Hospital.

Hyangja Hardisty of State College, a physician assistant student at Penn College, practices manipulating items using laparoscopic instruments at Evangelical’s surgical skills workshop. The skill requires hand-eye coordination to manipulate a small camera and surgical instrument at the same time.

Bradley Mudge, DO, FACS, general surgeon of Surgical Specialists of Evangelical, shows a group of Penn College physician assistant students the ropes when using laparoscopic instruments. The students were able to use a simulator to experience what it would be like to manipulate the instruments inside of a human body during surgery.