Practical Introduction to Surgery – University of Copenhagen

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Practical Introduction to Surgery

Photo: Jesper Rais

Clinical professor Lars Konge, employee at University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen
Academy for Medical Education and Simulation (CAMES), is the driving force behind these two new international summer courses in Introduction to Surgery Simulation.

The summer courses offer you surgical experience. You will improve/boost your surgical skills through innovative hands-on simulation.

Both courses focus on hands-on surgical training where participants are introduced to and practice surgery procedures on simulators and pigs. In course II participants will shadow experienced surgeons at the hospitals.

Practical Introduction To Surgery Simulation consist of two courses: Introduction to surgery with hands on simulation training and Introduction to surgery with simulated team-training and clinical experiences. For maximum benefit, we strongly advise participants to apply for both courses.

Introduction to surgery with hands on simulation training

Join this summer course and get a comprehensive and systematic overview of the most common procedures in the field of general surgery and the surgical sub-specialties.

The surgical summer course offers an introduction to medical education and simulation in Copenhagen. The course includes theory, as well as hands-on, practical skill development.

You are taught to perform suturing, ultrasound, and endoscopy/bronchoscopy. In addition, the course covers laparoscopy with an initial day focused on theory, and a subsequent day dedicated to skill development with opportunities to practice surgery on pigs (both open and laparoscopic).

During the course, you also receive teaching in communication with a focus on both patient-provider interactions and teamwork in the context of surgical care. The participants are evaluated with pre- and post-tests.

An emphasis is placed on participation and several different innovative teaching methods are used in order to optimize learning and to prepare participants for their role as a junior doctor.

We strongly advise that participants apply for Introduction to surgery with simulated team-training and clinical experiences as well.

Introduction to surgery with simulated team-training and clinical experiences

The aim of this summer course is to provide a systematic and comprehensive overview of the most common procedures and techniques within surgical specialties.

You are enrolled in a day of full-scale simulation (team-based training) and also have the opportunity to participate in surgical self-training on virtual reality simulators and black boxes at the Simulation Center in the afternoon.

For three days, you have the opportunity to observe clinical care at the hospital where you are paired with and shadow a doctor during their time in the clinics, with a focus on the examination and treatment of surgical patients, as well as time in the operating room.

During this shadowing experience at the hospital, you participate in daily conferences and discussions. The summer course offers different surgical sub-specialties: urology, cardiovascular surgery, orthopedics, gynecology, abdominal/general surgery, and ‎thoracic surgery.

An emphasis is placed on student participation and dialogue, including different innovative educational methods intended to optimize learning outcomes and to prepare the participant for life as a junior doctor.

We strongly advise that participants apply for Introduction to surgery with hands on simulation training as well.

Course structure/ teaching methods

The courses involves lectures by experienced surgeons, interactive seminars,
simulation training, and group work. The courses emphasizes active student
participation. Additionally, course II includes individual clinical shadowing experiences.

For inspiration, please study the course schedule for the two combined courses.

Photo Jesper Rais


  • Lars Konge
  • Therese Møller-Andersen
  • Leizl Joy Nayahangan
  • John Christensen
  • Jonas Eiberg
  • Flemming Bjerrum
  • John Christensen
  • Torur Dalsgaard 
  • Kirsten Engel
  • Sofie Mundt
  • Louise Preisler
  • Paul Clementsen
  • Kristina Nielsen
Credits - per course 2.5 ECTS
Exam - course I Course participation including 3,5 hours mandatory elements
Exam - course II Course participation including 6 hours mandatory elements

Formal requirements

International and Danish medical students who have obtained a bachelor’s degree and have completed a minimum of three terms of medical studies at master’s level may apply for the courses.

International medical students with a different educational structure must have completed 4.5 years of medical studies.

Application procedures

The online application form is available on this web page in January 2017. The application deadline is 1 April 2017.

Participants who apply for both courses will be prioritised during the selection process.

Tuition fee

Participants exempted from payment:

Students from Danish universities will not be charged any tuition fee provided that the course is accepted as part of their MSc programme. Danish students must provide a pre-approval of credit transfer upon application.

Students enrolled in certain programmes at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH, do not need a pre-approval of credit transfer. Please study the overview of study programmes, where preapproval of summer course is not required.

Exchange students from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences', UCPH, partner universities can participate in this course free of charge, if they have been nominated by their home university. The course must be an integrated part of their study programme.

Fee paying participants:

All other participants (students, working professionals, etc.) must pay tuition fee according to the information below.

Tuition fee per course is:         EU/EEA citizens 2,500 DKK
Non-EU/EEA citizens 4,500 DKK

Tuition fee for both courses is: EU/EEA citizens 5,000 DKK
Non-EU/EEA citizens 9,000 DKK

The fee covers participation in the course. It does not cover course materials, travel, accommodation and living expenses during the course. Full payment of course fees must be transferred in May 2017. Payment details will be forwarded upon acceptance.

Refund policy

You can only get a refund of your tuition fee, if you cancel at least two month prior to the beginning of the course including e-learning modules.

Contact information

Project Consultant: Maja Pejs Jensen

Course Coordinator: Clinical professor Lars Konge

Additional information

Accommodation: Please note that the summer courses are non-residential. Participants are responsible for finding and funding accommodation during their stay in Copenhagen. University of Copenhagen Housing Foundation can assist you in finding accommodation. Please visit their website:

You can also use different accommodation portals. Additional information about accommodation will be provided upon admission.

Copenhagen has an international airport, and the city centre can be reached within 30 minutes. If you want additional information read Arriving in Copenhagen.

For more details about the courses please read the course descriptions for course I and course II in UCPH's course database.

For more information about Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen.

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You can read more about Copenhagen Health Innovation at their website.