|There's a conference on the West coast when a|
Nor'easter is scheduled to hit Philly? Sign me up!
|Perelman students at the Penn Surgery reception|
|It's not SF without the Golden Gate Bridge|
Every year, Dr. Rosser of Morehouse Medical College holds a competition at the American College of Surgeons called the "Top Gun Laparoscopic Skills Challenge." I first saw the competition as a senior in college, when the minimally invasive surgery fellow in my lab at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center won the contest. Since then, I have wanted to learn how to perform the laparoscopic surgery tasks tested in the challenge. Thanks to the mentorship of Drs. Noel Williams, Kristoffel Dumon, and Kenric Murayama, as well as the support of residents and fellows in the Department of Surgery, I was able to practice for the contest at the Penn Clinical Simulation Center using high tech virtual reality laparoscopic surgery trainers. The contest was held over the first 3 days of the conference, and Penn Surgery made it to the finals ahead of ~30 medical students, residents, fellows, and attending surgeons who competed. In the final round of competition, I was fortunate to have performed well enough to win 1st place, beating out a chief resident and a 3rd year surgical resident from a different institution. I'm certainly grateful to Penn for providing me with the training environment to be the first medical student to win the Top Gun contest since its introduction to ACS in 1996.
|With Dr. James Rosser, creator of the|
Top Gun Laparoscopic Skills Challenge
|Agnew Surgical Society: Vice President Rachel Yang,|
President Jarrod Predina, former president
(current 3rd year Penn resident) Dr. Olugbenga Okusanya
|Monkeying around in SF Chinatown|
|There was an abundance of delicious|
Japanese food in Nihonmachi (Japantown)
|Perelman students getting dinner with a Penn Surgery resident and |
Dr. Murayama, chief of surgery at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center