The needs of reconstructive microsurgery have increased exponentially in the last 10 years . Microsurgery is a rapidly developing area which is crucial in surgical specialities such as Plastics, Maxillofacial, Gynaecological, and General surgery. It has revolutionised procedures such as free tissue transfer used in reconstruction after cancers and trauma, transplant surgery, and limb or tissue replantation. In December 2012 the first upper limb transplant in UK was performed in Leeds with the use of microsurgery skills.
This course will improve knowledge and skills in microsurgery, allowing advancing of practice and promoting better surgical outcomes. It will help to improve confidence in microsurgery operating for both the trainee microsurgeon and the more experienced surgeon. QMUL (Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry) has an excellent reputation if the area of Medical training and is well recognised internationally. Studying at QMUL will be a unique and enriching opportunity. Furthermore, this course run by the The Barts and the London’s Academic Plastic Surgery Group is based at The Centre for Cutaneous Research (CCR) at The Blizard Institute (BICMS). The CCR is composed of the academic unit of Dermatology and the Cancer Research UK Skin Tumour Laboratory, and is one of the largest cutaneous research centres in Europe. Hence this group has a strong academic and research background and will be able to provide strong support for students undertaking this programme.
- This is the first dedicated UK microsurgery degree in this innovative and rapidly developing field.
- This programme will provide surgeons with comprehensive training in microsurgery and clinical management.
- Modules will enable surgeons to develop a thorough knowledge of clinical anatomy and physiology relevant to microsurgery which can impact on operative decisions.
- The course include hands-on training through Microsurgery and Flap courses providing crucial and invaluable training which will broaden surgeons’ skills and expertise. ( Basic microsurgery, advanced microsurgery, perforator flap and live animal flap courses)
- The importance of evidence-based practice is developed through critique of microsurgery literature and synthesis of balanced views, impacting on Surgeons’ practices
- An on-line platform provides module study materials, videos and literature and allows completion of summative assessments. Surgeons will be supported by on-line tutors and student discussion forums will enable group discussions
- An international microsurgery fellowship will be facilitated with a highly reputable microsurgery team. This includes centres such as in Seoul (Korea), Okayama (Japan), Naples (Italy), Timisoara (Romania), St Andrews (Broomfield Hospital, UK). However, students will also have the option to participate in a fellowship at their local unit.