In the realm of medical education, learning from experienced professionals holds immense value for aspiring healthcare practitioners. On August 4, 2023, Dr Quan Ngo, a Specialist Plastic Surgeon certified by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), collaborated with Urologist Dr Ranjan Arianayagam to facilitate a focused teaching session for 40 penultimate-year Medicine students from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). This enlightening session, titled "Sutures and Futures," took place at the Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre at the Ingham Institute within Liverpool Hospital.
Dr Quan Ngo's background includes his role as the Head of the Department of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Maxillofacial Trauma Surgery at Liverpool Hospital, reflecting his stature in the medical field. With training in both Australian specialist techniques and international Fellowship training, particularly in the Head and Neck Region, Dr Ngo is frequently sought after for referrals from peers and medical practitioners.
Beyond his clinical responsibilities, Dr Ngo contributes as a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of New South Wales and Macquarie University, reflecting his commitment to nurturing the skills and knowledge of future Australian Specialist Plastic Surgeons. His dedication has been recognised through teaching awards, including the esteemed 'Best Teacher' accolade.
The heart of the "Sutures and Futures" session, hosted within Liverpool Hospital's Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre focused on two key components. The 'Sutures' segment offered hands-on experience with suturing techniques and surgical instruments, covering simple cutaneous sutures like the simple interrupted and simple continuous stitches. This practical insight enabled students to grasp essential skills.
The 'Futures' aspect delved into pathways, careers, and lifestyle considerations that lie ahead for Medicine graduates. Dr Ngo and his colleague's guidance encouraged students to reflect on their future journeys, presenting them with a range of possibilities.
The "Sutures and Futures" session effectively bridged theoretical knowledge with real-world application. Dr Ngo's expertise, alongside the insights provided by his colleague, fostered an environment of learning and discovery. The session combined hands-on suturing experience with thoughtful discussions about potential career paths, leaving a lasting impact on students.
In conclusion, the collaborative teaching session led by Dr Quan Ngo and his colleague exemplified the essence of medical education—connecting knowledge with practical experience. This session, centred around the themes of 'Sutures and Futures,' allowed students to hone essential skills while also pondering the trajectory of their medical careers. Equipped with these insights, the students are poised to embark on their individual journeys, prepared to weave the fabric of their medical futures.