This week I participated as a learner in The Procedures Course. The course is run as a collaboration between The Alfred Trauma Unit, Alfred Emergency & Trauma Centre, National Trauma Research Institute and Monash University. It is a cadaver-based ‘hands on’ procedures course designed to enable emergency and critical care physicians to develop the mastery necessary to perform life-sight-and-limb-saving procedures when the time comes.
I’ve been involved in many courses as a participant, facilitator, and convenor. This course ranks among the very best. The pacing of the course is spot on, participant-to-cadaver and participant-to-faculty ratios were excellent, sub-specialty experts were on hand for Q&A sessions, and the extensive online resources accompanying the course were top notch. The resources include high-quality procedure videos, concise yet thorough treatments of the procedures covered, and an excellent audio podcast.
The best thing about this course is the procedures themselves. You get to work through them on real human anatomy at your own pace, with the opportunity to freely discuss all aspects of each procedure with expert colleagues. For some procedures, like lateral canthotomy and cantholysis, there simply is no adequate ‘mannikin’ substitute for the real thing. Procedures covered include:
- orbital decompression (lateral cantholysis and canthotomy)
- emergency craniotomy (burr holes)
- emergency surgical airway
- transvenous pacing
- resuscitative vascular access (IO, RICC lines, and Mac lines)
- pleural decompression and drainage
- resuscitative thoracotomy
- pre-hospital limb amputation
- emergency hysterotomy
The good news is that you can take advantage of the Procedures podcast even if you haven’t enrolled in the course. I highly recommend it.
Upcoming course dates will be announced on TheProceduresCourse.com website soon — a little bird tells me the next course will be in Melbourne in November 2017.
Disclaimer: I have no conflict of interest. I am an employee of Alfred Health (in the Intensive Care Unit, which is not affiliated with this course) and I have an adjunct position with Monash University (with no involvement in the course).