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ASiT Pre-conference Course 2020: Core Skills in Paediatric Surgery


ASiT Core skills in paediatric surgery 


Date & Time

6th March 2020 9am registration


ICC Birmingham 

Course convenors

Ben O’Sullivan, Omar Nasher, Abi Jones, Oliver Burdall, Andrew Gordon, Tony Lander, Kathryn Ford

Partner trainee organisation (if applicable)

Trainees in Paediatric Surgery (TriPS)

Target audience

General surgeons with DGH paediatric interest or Juniors interested in paediatric surgery



The NHS future plan is set to drive a large amount of tertiary care back in to the local centres. This will affect the incredibly diverse practice of paediatric surgery and leave some of this in the laps of General Surgeons.

So, if sick kids in your A&E scare you and you want to know how to manage them better or you are interested in paediatric surgery, either as specialist interest, a part of the exams you don’t get or as your chosen career with interviews looming; come along.

Learning Outcomes

  1. To cover common paediatric surgical conditions that might present to a DGH A&E for surgical review and their management with focus on difference from adult practice, local decision making tools and when to refer. - to focus on what might be encountered by surgical SHO or Junior Registrar - cover MRCS section 7 “surgical care of children” module; including consent issues and non-accidental injury of children
  2. Provide operative experience of key paediatric surgery procedures including those for the interviews.
  3. To give demonstrate to breadth of paediatric surgery pathology.

Cover the application pathway and interview format.

Provisional programme

9am Registration/tea/coffee

9:15 Introduction

9:30 LECTURE: General Surgery of Childhood: Lumps, bumps and the sick surgical child in your ED.

10:30 Group Workshops: (45mins each)

1: Paediatric Physiology and Fluid Management

2: SKILLS: Laparoscopic Pyloromyotomy Simulation

12:00 Lunch

13:00 LECTURE: The Surgical Neonate: Congenital Abnormalities and NEC

14:00 SKILLS: Duodenal Atresia: Duodenoduodenostomy Simulation

15:30 Coffee

15:45 Split Groups Depending on Learning Needs (Delegate Selected):

  1. WORKSHOP: Paediatric Surgery Interview Prep with SKILLS: Open Appendicectomy Model (Previously Whole Interview Station).


  1. WORKSHOP: Paediatric Acute Scrotum: SKILLS: Scrotal Exploration for Torsion and Fixation (Wet Lab Sim)

17:00 Closing Remarks

17:30 Finish

Optional Extra paediatric Surgery interview preparation available.

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