Practical Microvascular Course

This practical microvascular training course, now in its 32nd year, takes place in a new purpose-built facility. It integrates over 30 hours of hands-on surgery using a live femoral and epigastric vessel model with 15 hours of tutorials and lectures. We have secured generous sponsorship from Severn Healthcare Technologies, Synovis MCA and Zeiss in order to reduce registration fees, and to maintain below similar courses.

Head and Neck Reconstructive Surgery is a complex and highly technically challenging field central to the effective management of oncologic and other defects. This is the only UK practical and theoretical microvascular course designed solely for, led by, and taught by expert head and neck surgeons in a simulated setting. The course aims to provide an intensive, skills-based development focus in highly specialist surgery to complement students’ day to day clinical practice. 

MDSC189 Practical Microvascular Surgery 2024 (PDF) (link)
MDSC189 Practical Microvascular Surgery Enrolment Form 2024 (Word) (link) 

w/c 11th March 2024



The aims and subsequent learning outcomes are: 

• To provide health care professionals with a deeper understanding of the techniques that underpin contemporary complex microvascular surgery.

• Develop students’ skills in employing these techniques in a safe and simulated surgical environment

The course will take place in a purpose-built facility at the University of Liverpool. It will run over a one-week intensive block and integrates over 30 hours of hands-on surgery in a simulated setting, supported by 15 hours of lectures and group tutorials. 

The assessment will comprise of an oral presentation of a case report, supported by robust evidence base; written assignment and feedback rich assessment of practical surgical skills in the simulated setting during the teaching week.

Course Directors: Professor Richard Shaw, OMFS, Aintree University Hospital & University of Liverpool and Professor Andrew Schache

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