Siow Jia Cheng

The Masters in Surgical Science and Practice is a wonderful course for a doctor to gain more knowledge on surgery and expertise in the surgical field.

I joined the MSSP course because it contains all the essential elements required to become a competent surgeon. It includes core knowledge such as clinical anatomy, physiology and pathology, surgical skill, clinical skill, communication skill, and professional development, including healthcare management, global surgery, surgical innovation, etc.

In journal club, we discuss the latest update in surgery, the knowledge that is yet to be printed in the textbook. Before I join this course, I found that it was difficult for me to read through the research paper because of multiple unfamiliar term and too many words. It was challenging because an article finding may contradict another article. Therefore, we need to analyse the article and criticise them. After a year of training, I am confident in reading surgical articles and understanding them well.

There are eight hours of hands-on sessions every week to train our surgical skills, starting from suturing technique to appendicectomy, hernia repair, cholecystectomy, laparotomy, laparoscopy, colonoscopy, esophagogastroduodenoscopy, bowel anastomosis and vessel anastomosis. Besides, we also have the opportunity to learn microsurgery - where surgery is done under the microscope. These surgical skills that I have learned in this course make me a step higher than others after returning to work in the hospital.

With all the knowledge learned in this course, I passed the MRCS exam with a high score.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ireland was forced to lockdown; unlike other courses, we can still have classes on the campus. N95 mask was provided for us to ensure our safety, and a social distancing of two metres was maintained throughout the class. Thanks to Professor Oscar Traynor and Dr Marie Morris persistence in making all the class face-to-face and guidance throughout the course.

Siow Jia Cheng, Surgical Science and Practice, Class of 2021