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Build your own laparoscopic trainer workshop 2016


This course is aimed at medical students, foundation trainees and core surgical trainees who want to improve their laparoscopic skills.


This one day course will provide attendees with all the materials, tools and expertise required to build their own laparoscopic trainer which they will then be able to take home at the end of the day to continue their practice.

The morning session will be devoted to the supervised construction of the trainers, while the afternoon will comprise of a skills workshop led by surgical trainees, allowing participants to practice and refine their skills in a more relaxing environment than theatre.

There will be a skills competition at the end of the day in which the winner will take home laparoscopic instruments in addition to their trainer.


Teaching opportunities in theatre are often limited by time constraints and a potentially stressful and intimidating atmosphere which is not conducive to learning. Becoming adept at laparoscopic surgery is particularly challenging as it requires working in a 3D field based on a 2D screen image; a skill that often only comes with practice. Trainees have had to adapt to overcome the challenge of learning such a difficult skill with limited opportunities and found that proficiency in depth perception, object handling and manipulation is highly transferrable and practicable outside of the theatre setting.

Purchasing laparoscopic trainers is prohibitively expensive for individuals, however, using alternative materials it is possible to build a model which allows trainees to practice all those transferrable skills.


The course is being held at the Norfolk & Norwich University hospital.

Norwich is easily accessible from London and the surrounding area by rail and fares are as low as £20 when booked in advance.


Saturday, 21st November.

Cost will include

All materials for building laparoscopic trainer
Lunch and refreshments
Course certificate
In order to keep costs low, you will need to bring your own laptop (or tablet with connector) to view laparoscopy. We will provide all necessary instruments on the day, however, their purchase will not be included in the fee. Information as to where they can be acquired will be made available.

The course will be limited to ensure a low tutor to trainee ratio and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.