Swansea Coronary Anastomosis Wetlab a Huge Success

Cardiothoracic surgeons from ABMU Health Board ran the Swansea Coronary Anastomosis Wetlab on Friday 11th April 2014 at Swansea University.

The morning began with a lecture on the history of pioneering surgeons and was followed by practical demonstrations of vascular techniques. The 12 participants were then able to gain first hand experience of performing these delicate manoeuvres, with consultant supervision. Delegates included a mixture of cardiothoracic trainees, F2 doctors as well as four Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) students with an interest in surgery. Feedback for the course was overwhelmingly positive, with the only request being to run more courses.


The course was convened by Miss Farah Bhatti, with faculty support from Mr Ashraf,  Mr Youhana and Mr Zaidi.  Of the course, Miss Bhatti said:

‘I was excited about running a practical skills based event which will both enhance the surgical skills of our trainees, as well as inspire the next generation of potential surgeons.’

‘I would like to thank my consultant surgeon colleagues for their input, as well as the College of Medicine for hosting the event, and look forward to further collaborations.’

Professor Judy McKimm, Dean of Medical Education at the College of Medicine, added:

‘This was a highly interesting, interactive and inspirational event, led by Miss Farah Bhatti and clinical colleagues from ABMU. The real strength was the way in which students, doctors in training and experienced colleagues all worked and learned from one another and I know the GEM students hugely valued this opportunity. My thanks to all involved and I hope this can be at the least an annual event in our collaborative calendar’.

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