SMEA15069U Surgical summer course: Introduction to surgery with simulated team-training and clinical experiences

Volume 2016/2017

Master of Science in Medicine


The aim of the summer school is to provide a systematic and comprehensive overview of the most common procedures and techniques within surgical specialties.

The summer school: The participants are enrolled in a day of full-scale simulation (team-based training). They also have the opportunity to participate in surgical self-training on virtual reality simulators and black boxes at the Simulation Center in the afternoon. For three days, the students have the opportunity to observe clinical care at the hospital. They are paired with and shadow a doctor during their time in the clinics, with a focus on the examination and treatment of surgical patients, as well as time in the operating room. During this shadowing experience at the hospital, the students participate in daily conferences and discussions. The summer course offers different surgical sub-specialties: urology, cardiovascular surgery, orthopedics, gynecology, abdominal/general surgery, and ‎thoracic surgery.

An emphasis is placed on student participation and dialogue, including different innovative educational methods intended to optimize learning outcomes and to prepare the student for life 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 combines lectures by invited speakers, interactive seminars, simulation training and group work. The course is based on active student participation and includes individual clinical shadowing experiences.
All course work will be held in English.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 30
  • Clinical practice
  • 22,5
  • Exam
  • 6
  • Exam Preparation
  • 3
  • Preparation
  • 6
  • Total
  • 67,5
2,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Course participation
Other, 6 hours
Mandatory elements:

Active participation during the summer course and a practical test lasting 6 hours.

The test is divided into two parts:

1. An individual test in open surgery.
2. An individual TABLT test (validity of a cross-specialty test in basic laparoscopic techniques)
All aids allowed
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 different suturing methods and knot tying techniques
  • Distinguish between advantages and disadvantages of open and laparoscopy procedures.
  • Explain the most common pathological surgical conditions and procedures (including their indications and contraindications).
  • Explain suturing, including the different techniques and materials used and the advantages and disadvantages of open and laparoscopic surgical procedures


  • Explain the definition of endoscopy, the different types of endoscopy (cysto-, bronchopulmonary, gastro, sigmoideo- and colonoscopy) and their indications
  • Explain the most frequent complications related to the different types of endoscopy, their prevention and management.


  • Explain the basics of ultrasonography, indications and contraindications and the different knobologies.


  • Demonstrate in simulation (laparoscopy and endoscopy):
    • Demonstrate competency regarding the significance/impact of the fulcrum effect, barbell principles and the lack of depth perception in the context of laparoscopy and endoscopy
    • Demonstrate basic competence in the use of laparoscopic instruments, including hand/eye coordination, dissection and clipping
    • Test basal endoscopic instrument handling
  • Show situation awareness, decision making, leadership, communication and teamwork based on knowledge in patient communication
  • Demonstrate basic suturing, including decision making on the right method to use.


  • Function as trainee doctors in Danish clinical departments of surgery.