SMEA15068U Surgical summer course: Introduction to surgery with hands-on simulation training

Volume 2016/2017

Master of Science in Medicine


he aim of the summer school is to provide a comprehensive and systematic overview of the most common procedures in the field of general surgery and the surgical sub-specialties.

The surgical summer school offers an introduction to medical education and simulation in Copenhagen. The course includes theory, as well as hands-on, practical skill development. The students are taught to perform suturing, ultrasound, and endoscopy/bronchoscopy. In addition, the course covers laparoscopy with an initial day focused on theory, and a subsequent day dedicated to skill development with opportunities to practice surgery on pigs (both open and laparoscopic). During the course, students also receive teaching in communication with a focus on both patient-provider interactions and teamwork in the context of surgical care. The students are evaluated with pre- and post-tests.

An emphasis is placed on student participation, and several different innovative teaching methods are used in order to optimize learning and to prepare students for their role as a junior doctor.

Learning Outcome

See criteria for exam assessment below.

International and Danish medical students who have obtained a bachelor’s degree and have completed a minimum of three terms of medical studies at master’s level. Eight places are reserved for students enrolled at University of Copenhagen. Students who are not enrolled at University of Copenhagen will be selected to ensure a balance between national and international students and a high quality and motivation amongst the applicants.
The course involves lectures by invited speakers, interactive seminars, simulation training, and group work. The course emphasizes active student participation.
All course work will be held in English.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 36
  • Exam
  • 2
  • Exam Preparation
  • 1,5
  • Preparation
  • 28
  • Total
  • 67,5
2,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Course participation
Other, 3,5 hours
Mandatory elements:

Written pretest to examine the extent of the students’ knowledge of surgical anatomy, physiology and pathology. Duration: 1,5 hours

Written post-test to assess what was learned from the course. Duration 2 hours.

Active participation during the summer school.
All aids allowed

Students are allowed to use the internet, books and other resources, during the duration of the course including the pre- and posttests.

Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
One internal assessor
Criteria for exam assesment

In order to receive a passing grade on the assessment, the student must demonstrate the following abilities at a sufficient level:


  • Explain the assement and training of nontechnical skills by utilizing concrete examples from the Danish Healthcare System


  • Explain basic suturing, including the different techniques and materials used


  • Explain laparoscopy and the benefits of minimally-invasive surgery, most frequent laparoscopic procedures and most common laparoscopic instruments and guidelines for proper use
  • Explain the factors which determine the most correct ergonomic working position
  • Explain the structure and function of the laparoscopic column
  • Explain the use of pneumoperitoneum in the context of laparoscopic surgery
  • Explain the factors which determine proper trocar placement
  • Explain the characteristics of high risk patients who are not candidates for laparoscopic procedures
  • Explain the most common complications related to laparoscopic surgery and appropriate management.

Robotic surgery

  • Explain the definition of robotic surgery and the key differences between laparoscopic and robotic assisted surgery.


  • Use acquired skills in knot tying and suturing, as well as blunt and sharp dissection (open surgery and laparoscopy).