Highland Surgical Boot Camp is an innovative, simulation-rich course for new Core Surgical trainees.
- Developed by NHS Highland, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and NHS Education for Scotland
- Recommended by the Scottish Core Surgical Training Programme Directors.
Aims: to accelerate the acquisition of key technical and non-technical skills at the start of a career in Surgery - skills that used to be learned by apprenticeship, but should now be taught.
In September 2014 Boot Camp will be relaunched as Scottish Surgical Boot Camp, the recommended introductory course for CT1 trainees in Scotland.
It will be part of the Scottish Core Surgical Training Programmes' new simulation strategy, developed with the Scottish Surgical Simulation Collaborative. Other features of the strategy will include monthly thematic simulation days and webinars, "Incentivised Laparoscopy Practice" using take-home simulators and preset target competencies, and in CT2 a cadaveric whole-procedure course in Glasgow.
There will continue to be places for FY2/CT1 applicants from other parts of the UK and abroad.
Next Available Course: There will be 3 x 4-day courses (Sat to Tues) during September and October 2014. Dates to be announced.
Course fee: Under review. Likely to be around £600. (Includes course fee, lunches, 2 evening meals.
Location: Inverness Centre for Health Science (direct flights from Gatwick, Luton, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Belfast, Amsterdam. Sleeper train from London Euston)
- Simulation-rich methods, well-validated.
- Hand-picked, skilled and approachable faculty, experienced in feedback.
- State-of-the-art Skills Centre, experienced actors, porcine tissue models, video feedback.
- Simulated PBA's will appear on your ISCP portfolio.
- Intense programme.
- Highland-retreat feel, including outdoor activities day, maximum 16 to a group.
- Human factors feature throughout, drawing on RCSEd and Aberdeen University’s pioneering experience.
- Previous participants have each had a paper published with group authorship.
- Non-technical skills for surgeons
- "From basic to intermediate surgical skills": bowel anastomosis and tendon repair
- Communication Skills for Surgeons: interpersonal, spoken and written
- How to lead a ward round
- Handling and writing the evidence
- How to get the most from your trainer
TESTIMONY OF PARTICIPANTS
“Faculty were very attentive and willing to teach.”
“It was the most enjoyable course I’ve done.”
“I started a new rotation and had to lead a ward round. ... Instead of feeling stressed I was able to control the distractions using your tips.”
"The simulations felt so real, I could be myself. I didn't have to act."
“Great opportunities to reflect and direct learning.”