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Orthopaedic Surgery Residents Gain Hands-On Experience in Tucson Cadaver Lab!

May 31, 2024

Skeletal Dynamics Hosts Successful Cadaver Lab for the Residents to Practice Their Surgical Skills.

Photo of Thomas Roberts, MD, Benzi Estipona MD, Nathan Sherman, MD, Austin Post, MD, Mo Abbas, MD, Martin Lu, MD, Matthew Miller, MD, Brian Richard, MD and medical student, Deborah Nelson, MS4 – named from left to right.

Photo taken at the end of the cadaver lab session.

Orthopaedic surgery residents gathered for an enriching cadaver lab session hosted on May 30, 2024, at the Tucson Marriott University Park in Tucson, Arizona. Organized by Skeletal Dynamics, the event provided a unique opportunity for participants to deepen their understanding of upper extremity procedures and hone their surgical skills.

Beginning at 6:30 PM, the cadaver lab featured a series of practical exercises focusing on upper extremity surgeries. Attendees had access to four specimens, with two spanning from the clavicle to the fingertip and two from the midshaft humerus to the fingertip. The session covered various approaches, including distal radius and elbow approaches, with specific attention to lateral approaches for terrible triad injuries and posterior approaches for humerus fixation. Additionally, participants were encouraged to engage in additional dissection procedures to broaden their experience.

The highlight of the event was the opportunity for residents to work with a range of surgical instruments and tools, including the Distal Elbow Set, Humeral Fixation Set, and Wrist and Forearm Set, provided by Skeletal Dynamics. These resources facilitated a hands-on learning experience, allowing participants to practice essential techniques under the guidance of experienced instructors.

Dr. Brian Richard, the organizer of the cadaver lab, emphasized the importance of practical training in orthopaedic surgery and expressed his anticipation for the event. The lab aimed to supplement residents' academic knowledge with valuable hands-on experience, preparing them for the complexities of surgical practice.

Feedback from participants highlighted the value of the cadaver lab in enhancing their surgical skills and confidence. Many expressed gratitude for the opportunity to practice procedures in a controlled environment and appreciated the support provided by instructors and organizers.

The success of the cadaver lab underscores the importance of hands-on training in orthopaedic surgery education. Such initiatives play a crucial role in preparing future orthopaedic surgeons to deliver high-quality patient care.

For updates on future educational events and opportunities, residents are encouraged to stay connected with the orthopaedic surgery department and explore additional training opportunities in their field.