On June 12th, surgical residents from West Virginia University, Charleston Area Medical Center and Marshall University had the opportunity to take part in the Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma course.
For the first time, the surgical residents from across West Virginia were able to come together to participate in this course without the need to travel outside the state. The ASSET course was offered by the WVU Critical Care and Trauma Institute, under the direction of Alison Wilson, M.D., and was in a working partnership with the Departments of Pathology, Anatomy and Lab Medicine.
In the ASSET course, students performed critical trauma procedures on fresh, perfused cadavers in a high-fidelity, dynamic model. This course is geared for senior level surgical residents, fellows and attendings who practice trauma surgery and is made available throughout the year at the WVU Fresh Tissue Training Program in Morgantown.
Daniel Grabo, M.D., served as course director, and has done so locally and nationally for the American College of Surgeons, Committee on Trauma. David Borgstrom, M.D., is the surgical residency program director and has incorporated this highly valuable course into the general surgery residents’ curriculum.
Dr. Borgstom, Tiffany Lasky, M.D., Trauma Director at CAMC, and Lauren Dudas, M.D., associate program director at WVU Morganton, were course instructors.