Surgical skills are all about "practice makes perfect". SCRUBS 'skills cell' endeavours to provide regular opportunities for students to learn those invaluable skills early and keep practicing them. 

With this in mind, regular basic suturing sessions are run in small groups by senior medical students. These include training in surgical knot tying and suturing using suturing pads designed to mimic the skin. 

Advanced classes are run in the wet lab and allow students to practice sebaceous cyst or mole excision, deep wound suturing and tendon repair on real animal products (medically approved pigs' skin or trotters). These classes are taught by the trust's surgeons and their teams. 

Aside from these regular events we run our annual Trauma day in association with local A&E consultants, a Radiology day and a Basic Surgical Skills course. We hope to develop over the next twelve months 'skills cell' events that compliment the work of junior surgical house officers on the wards and as such look out for obs & gynae perinneal suturing, theatre skills sessions and fluids & cannulae practical teaching classes. 

All of these courses have contributed towards building 'SCRUBS' to a standard of excellence and professionalism we are proud of. By certifying our events, we aim to provide our members with sound skills for their future surgical careers.