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 students.

"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."