Surgical Training Feedback
- Testimonial from the mentor:
The surgical training at the Tampere Surgical Education Centre at the Tampere University Hospital was a unique teaching experience. Performing surgery on fresh cadavers is as close to the true clinical setting as it can get. The two half-day surgical sessions allowed us to practice glaucoma procedures step by step. Moreover, we simulated some glaucoma surgery complications, which was ideal to teach the fellows how to deal with difficult surgical situations and how to solve these issues. Besides the surgical training, I also enjoyed lecturing to a very interested audience at the Tays Eye Center and I was very happy to share some of my research work with them. Altogether this was an unforgettable experience.
I’m convinced that this initiative will be an invaluable asset for many glaucoma specialists in training and will therefore contribute tremendously to the advancement of glaucoma surgical training in Europe.
Prof. Ingeborg Stalmans, Leuven, Belgium
Testimonial from the trainee Sophie Lemmens:
After our visit so it is very spontaneous and real-life ;) This absolutely wonderful experience took my already profound interest in glaucoma to the next level. The Tays Eye Hospital tour also made a great impression. I want to thank you both once more for this unique opportunity, I realise what a privilege this was. It was a splendid stay in Tampere, and I am sure this initiative will give future participants the same boost it gave me.
With pleasure I report on my experiences in the TAYS cadaver training center.
At my visit in Tampere Eye Hospital in January 2015 I had the opportunity to experience the advantages of the cadaver surgery training unit. This department was well equipped with surgical ophthamic microscopes and two cadaver specimen were available. The set up turned out to be extremely helpful to demonstrate some special new operations to experienced coworkers of the department: It was possible to demonstrate the access to Schlemms canal and its tubing of 360 degrees circumference, a structure that measures only 200 x 70 μm in diameter. This delicate technique is needed for non-penetrating glaucoma surgery such as canaloplasty and for childhood glaucoma surgery (360 degree trabeculotomy) in buphthalmic eyes. Conventional trabeculotomy with metal probes was also demonstrated.
The situation mimics true live surgery and usually allows demonstration and proper training in the two eyes of each body with eventually multiple approaches. This training unit is extremely useful for both beginners and experienced surgeons and is far more realistic that the usual wet-labs offered with pig eyes, where major steps of the procedure such as the above mentioned cannot be simulated. I am convinced that establishing a surgical workshop in the TAYS cadaver training center is of great help for teaching basic and advanced techniques of ophthalmic microsurgery.
Prof. Franz Grehn, Würzburg, Germany
I had the unique opportunity to participate in a cadaver trabeculectomy wet lab in the Tampere Surgical Education Centre in Finland. Since first-hand surgical experience was not possible during my fellowship in Leuven, due to legal restrictions, this was a fantastic complement to the fellowship.
EGS Fellow Joao Breda, Lisbon, Portugal