Gannon, Saint Vincent to Conduct Suturing Workshop
Posted: April 21, 2016
Twenty Gannon University pre-medical students will learn
suturing techniques from a team of Saint Vincent Hospital
physicians on Thursday, April 21 at 6 p.m.
As part of a team led by Timothy Pelkowski M.D., assistant
director of the Family Medicine Residency Program at Saint Vincent
Hospital, local health care professionals will be given the
opportunity to demonstrate their suturing know-how to a group of
Gannon pre-medical students.
The event will begin with a PowerPoint presentation delivered by
Dr. Pelkowski on the basics of suturing. Working in groups of two
and under professional supervision, students will then be able to
practice these newly learned suturing techniques on pig legs.
During this time, students will also have the chance to ask the
participating health care professionals questions about practicing
medicine, how to prepare for and succeed in medical school, how to
maintain a work-life balance and how to choose a specialty.
This workshop, along with other events held on campus by Saint
Vincent physicians, are designed to give Gannon pre- medical
students a competitive edge when entering medical school, provide
medically related program content that extends beyond science
coursework and foster network building between local physicians and
"This is an excellent opportunity for Gannon pre-medical
students to gain some much anticipated hands-on experience
associated with practicing medicine," said Karla Mashburn director
of pre-health programs at Gannon. "As they work side- by-side with
physicians, these students can catch a glimpse of what lies ahead
for them in the future, hopefully strengthening their decision to
pursue a career in the medical field."