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Conference Brings DO, MD Students to PCOM

January 18, 2017

More than 200 MD and DO students attended the Philadelphia Surgical Conference hosted by
PCOM's Wisely Surgical Association.

First and second-year medical students spend the majority of their time in the classroom or the library, and, as a result, have little to no experience with basic surgical procedures they will encounter during their clinical rotations, which begin in their third year.

To help medical students better prepare for those rotations, PCOM’s Wisely Surgical Association recently hosted the Philadelphia Surgical Conference, featuring workshops designed to teach students surgical procedures they will encounter on rotation.

In the Michael and Wendy Saltzburg Clinical Learning & Assessment Center, students used equipment such as a lifelike mannequin, a cut suit which bleeds when cut open, and the DaVinci surgical robot, to learn skills related to trauma care. In the anatomy lab, students learned about surgical procedures such as cystectomies and angioplasty.

More than 200 MD and DO students attended the event, representing medical schools from around the region such as PCOM, Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine, Sidney Kimmel Medical College and the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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