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Cluj-Napoca - The International School of Advanced Surgical Skills - Ed. 8.

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This summer school will enable participants:to study and acquire advanced surgical skills in various surgical specialties, evaluate their workmanship and decide whether they will settle upon a surgical career, engage in a future residency program well prepared, both in a theoretical and a practical manner This project also aims to create: a relaxed but in the same time professional working atmosphere, that would allow the students to fulfill their educational goals as well as to get to know other colleagues from various medical centers to learn to work as a team and to build friendships.All of these objectives would eventually lead to better relationships between universities and set the foundation for future national and international projects.Click here to see ISASS' Facebook page Click here to see our Facebook page and thus, more details regarding our activity.


• Principles of asepsis and antisepsis used in the operating room; knot tying and types of sutures;
• The surgical instruments and their use, focusing on the specific ones for different surgical specialties;
• Plastic and reconstructive surgery skills (multiple skin flap techniques, tendon reconstruction);
• Vascular surgical skills (notions of vascular suture, arterial anastomosis and reconstruction);
• Digestive surgical skills (intestinal anastomosis-multiple types and techniques);
• Laparoscopic surgical skills (including performing a cholecystectomy on experimental swine liver);
• Skills pertaining to urology (partial nephrectomy, ureteral anastomosis and ureteral reimplantation);
• Common maneuvers (urethral catheterization, nasogastric catheterization, rectal and vaginal examination) performed on mannequins.


This course consists of 7 modules (1 module per day) with the duration of approximately 7 hours per day. The modules start on Saturday – the 13th of July 2019 and end on the following Friday – the 19th of July 2019. Each module has a theoretical part assisted by SSCR trainers and medical doctors. The trainers will provide additional information to the presentations and will engage with the participants in discussions on the given topic.The theoretical part of the course is accompanied by a practical part consisting in demonstrations performed by the main trainer at the central desk, whose instructions are followed step by step by the participants working at their tables. The demonstrations carried out by the main trainer are filmed and presented in real time.Given the fact that surgery involves teamwork, the 24 participants are arranged in pairs at the 12 work tables. Each student will be given a surgical kit as well as a trainer which will sit among the students, supervising and helping participants in making the surgical maneuvers designed and explained by the main trainer. Each technique is repeated until all students get accustomed to it and only afterwards is the next one presented.

Friday, the 14th of July
Participants' arrival and accommodation
17:00 - Opening ceremony
20:00 - Welcoming dinner

Saturday, the 15th of July – Knots & Sutures
08:30 - Breakfast
09:00 - 16:00 - Course & Coffee Breaks
13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch
from 18:00 - Social Program

Sunday, the 16th of July – Plastic Surgery 
08:30 - Breakfast
09:00 - 16:00 - Course & Coffee Breaks
13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch
from 18:00 - Social Program

Monday, the 17th of July – Vascular Surgery
08:30 - Breakfast
09:00 - 16:00 - Course & Coffee Breaks
13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch

Tuesday, the 18th of July – Urologic Surgery
08:30 - Breakfast
09:00 - 16:00 - Course & Coffee Breaks
13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch

Wednesday, the 19th of July – Digestive Surgery
08:30 - Breakfast
09:00 - 16:00 - Course & Coffee Breaks
13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch

Thursday, the 20th of July – Laparoscopic Surgery
08:30 - Breakfast
09:00 - 16:00 - Course & Coffee Breaks
13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch

Friday, the 21st of July - Laparoscopic Gynecology
08:30 - Breakfast

09:00 - 16:00 - Course & Coffee Breaks
13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch

Saturday, the 22nd of July 

08:30 - Breakfast
10:00 - 13:00 - Recapitulation & Certificate delivery
13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch
from 16:00 - Social Program
21:00 - Ending/farewell party/dinner

*the daily schedule may vary and the final form shall be announced later on.

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The FEE includes participation in theoretical and practical courses, accommodation in students’ hostel, workshop expenses, breakfast, and lunch - as mentioned in the field -PROGRAM-, field trips outside the city, promotional materials, and certificate of attendance.

-The participants will be chosen from medical students who attend any Medical Faculty abroad or in Romania, who have completed at least the 2nd year of study.

-The prerequisite needed in order to attend this workshop must be one of the following:

1.    The applicant has completed a Basic Surgical Skills workshop, for example, the ones organized by the Romanian Student Society of Surgery (this includes The Surgery Summer Camp or The International Surgery Summer School);
2.    The applicant has completed the General Surgery Module/any other Surgical Specialty Module at his home Faculty;
3.    The applicant has completed a month of clinical practice (during summer practice, for example) in a Surgery Department;
4.    The applicant has participated in a previous edition of the International School of Advanced Surgical Skills workshop.

-The participant must have proof of one of the above-mentioned criteria; as it is an advanced surgical skills workshop, basic knowledge of the surgical field is mandatory.

-The participants must have completed the application form to all its demands, without omitting any field and without giving false information.


-The accommodation will be provided by the “Iuliu Hatieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy in the students' hostel which is located about 10 minutes walk from University.
-The course will take place at the Center for Experimental Medicine, every day, from Saturday until Thursday, starting from 9.00 AM.
- Breakfast and lunch will be provided by the catering service as mentioned in the “Program” field, as well as the Welcoming Dinner and the trip from the Social Program on the 26th of May.


-The deadline for the application/submission forms is Friday, the 12th of May 2023, 18:00 PM (GMT +2);
-Until Sunday, the 14th of May  2023; 23:59 PM, your application/submission forms will be analyzed and participants will be notified if their application was:
•    accepted;
•    placed on a waiting list for five days; (after which they will be announced our final decision– in a week time, the 20th of May 2023);
•    rejected.

-    If accepted, participants will have to pay their fee within 5 days, as it follows:
•    until Friday, the 19th of May 2023, through a Western Union Transfer or via Online Banking.

- If accepted after being placed on the waiting list, participants will have to pay their fee within 5 days, as it follows:
•    until Friday, the 26th of June 2023, through a Western Union Transfer or via Online Banking.

-More details regarding the payment, accommodation and course of events will be sent in the acceptance e-mail.

-After the confirmation of the participant and payment, students will fill in a form regarding arrival details, dietary needs, allergies, etc.
-Due to the long period of time required to issue an invitation letter for a VISA, participants will need to know their national status. If a VISA is required, SSCR can only guide them for the application procedure.

ATTENTION: the fee must not be paid until notified whether you were accepted to this project. Once paid, the fee is non-refundable.

Coordinator: Alexandru Mihai Popicu Luca David

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