INTO AFRICA:BASIC SURGICAL SKILLSTRAINING IN NORTHERN TANZANIA

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Abstract

The intercollegiateBasic Surgical Skills(BSS) course is a rite of passage for UK surgical trainees and this approach to teaching skills is used in daily practice to ensure our trainees develop good surgical techniques and habits. We take it for granted that formal courses are delivered by the surgical royal colleges and now via the schools of surgery; however, this form of teaching is only now being introduced throughout other parts of the world. On the back of the success achieved byBSSin the UK,1it has been successfully implemented in over 45 countries, including Barbados,2El Salvador,3Jordan4and Dubai5in the past 5 years alone. The Education Department of the RCS recently visited Tanzania to encourage inception of a surgical skills course programme.

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