Using innovation as a key building block, the Institute continues to cultivate its ever expanding curriculum with the recent creation of the “Suture Pack.”
The Institute, along with third year medical student Derek Weyhrauch and content experts from the UW's Departments of Surgery and Family Medicine, customized an off-the-shelf simulation product to create a low cost high fidelity resource for medical students and residents to practice suturing skills. The “Suture Pack” consists of a realistic tissue pad, an array of suturing instruments, a series of e-learning modules on proper suturing technique, and most importantly, a standardized curriculum developed by Derek and Insitute faculty which encompasses instrument handling, knot tying, and wound closure. Over the course of just a few months, this project has developed into a fully executed endeavor, which is now formally integrated into the Department of Family Medicine’s Clerkship for all third year medical students training across the five-state WWAMI region.
If you are interested in learning more, please see the full feature to be released in the Institute's upcoming 2012-2013 Annual Report.