Gannon, Saint Vincent to Conduct Suturing Workshop

Posted: April 22, 2015

Twenty Gannon University pre-medical students will learn suturing techniques from a team of Saint Vincent Hospital physicians on Thursday, April 23 at 6 p.m.

Led by Tim Pelkowski, M.D., assistant director of the Family Medicine Residency program at Saint Vincent, a team of local physicians and residents will work side-by-side with Gannon pre-medical students to provide training in basic suturing techniques.

The workshop is one in a series of interactive presentations hosted by Gannon University's pre-medical programs in collaboration with Saint Vincent Hospital this year. In the fall, the Saint Vincent team led a panel discussion on tips to help students prepare for medical school, including a discussion on challenges and opportunities for physicians and how to maintain a work-life balance.

This series provides crucial networking opportunities to take place between local physicians and future doctors. These are valuable opportunities for students to ask practicing physicians about life for those in the medical profession, how to prepare for and succeed in medical school and how to choose a specialty. It also provides students with a chance to apply pre- medical program content outside of the classroom experience.

"The suturing workshop is one of our most popular pre-medical events every year because it allows students to take knowledge from the classroom and begin to consider how they will someday apply those ideas in a medical context," said Lisa Nogaj, Ph.D. director of Gannon's Pre-Health Programs. "This event complements our efforts as pre-health advisors because students at the workshop directly ask their questions to physicians who are practicing in the field. Students learn what it's really like to be a doctor and how to keep preparing for their future careers in medicine. I think it's very important and inspiring for our students to hear about the different paths that these doctors have taken to get to where they are today. We appreciate the willingness of Dr. Pelkowski and the Saint Vincent team to spend time enriching our students' experiences and skills."