Practical Introduction to Surgery – University of Copenhagen

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Practical Introduction to Surgery

Teaching in progress

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 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 manikins. In course II participants will observe experienced surgeons at the hospitals.

Practical Introduction to Surgery Simulation consists 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 will learn  to perform suturing and assist at open surgery. Furthermore, on the simulators you get hands on training in laparoscopy and emergency tracheotomy. In addition, the course covers laparoscopy, where an entire day is dedicated to theory  followed by a day dedicated to skill development with opportunities to practice surgery on pigs (both open and laparoscopic).

During the course, you also learn about communication skills focusing 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 student participation and several different innovative teaching methods will be  used in order to optimize learning and to prepare participants for their role as a junior doctor.

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

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. On the simulators you get hands on training in bronchoscopy, gastroscopy and ultrasound diagnostics.

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

Along with the observation at the hospital, you participate in daily conferences and discussions. The summer course offers different surgical sub-specialties: urology, cardiovascular surgery, orthopaedics, gynaecology, abdominal/general surgery, and ‎thoracic surgery.

The course also emphasizes student participation and dialogue, including different innovative educational methods intended to optimize learning outcomes and to prepare the participants for their role 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. Active student participation is integral during the courses. Additionally, course II includes individual clinical observation experiences. Furthermore, due to a heavy workload and an advanced academic level, it is strongly recommended that students make use of the opportunity to participate in surgical self-training on virtual reality simulators and black boxes at the simulation centre in the afternoon.

For practical course information, please study the course schedule (preliminary) for the two combined courses.

Teachingin progress

Photo: Jesper Rais


  • Lars Konge
  • Therese Møller-Andersen
  • Leizl Joy Nayahangan
  • John Christensen
  • Jonas Eiberg
  • Flemming Bjerrum
  • Torur Dalsgaard
  • Kirsten Engel
  • Paul Clementsen
  • Kristina Nielsen
Credits - per course 2.5 ECTS
Exam - course I

Course participation including 3,5 hours mandatory elements

Marking scale: pass/fail

Exam - course II

Course participation including 6 hours mandatory elements

Marking scale: pass/fail


International and Danish medical students who have obtained a bachelor’s degree may apply for the courses.

International medical students with a different educational structure must have completed 3 years of medical studies.

Application procedures

The online application form is available on this web page 22 January 2018. The application deadline is 1 April 2018

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 2018 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

Course administration:

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.

You can use different online portals to search for accommodation, such as:

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 IIin UCPH's course database.

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

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