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Microsurgery Training Course

Microsurgeon at work

Microsurgery has become an essential skill for surgeons in many specialties including plastic surgery, hand surgery, general surgery, otolaryngology, and scientific research. The aim of the course offered in our laboratory is to teach the basic and advanced techniques of microsurgery for all levels of medical practitioners including medical students, research scientists, residents, fellows, physicians and physician assistants.

The course will be conducted at MD Anderson's Department of Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX. The Department of Plastic Surgery is internationally recognized for oncologic reconstructive microsurgery. The Microsurgery Research Center is located within the 303,000 square-foot Basic Science Research Building (BSRB).

A Certificate of Completion is issued by the Department of Plastic Surgery.

Course Descriptions

Basic Microsurgical Course (40 hours)

This course aims for trainees to obtain the basic microsurgical skills. The course includes the following:

  • Lectures and videos regarding principles of microsurgery and microsurgical techniques
  • Practice using rubber sheet
  • Practice using silicon tubes
  • Micro-anastomosis in chicken leg and wing
  • Micro-anastomosis in a rat

    Advanced Microsurgical Course

    Open to those who have completed the basic microsurgical component, the advanced course will be tailored to applicants seeking to acquire more advanced microsurgical skills, including free flap surgery in a rat.

Microsurgical Course for Physician Assistant (24 hours)

This course aims for physician assistants to assist micro procedure more comfortable. The course includes the followings:

  • Lectures and videos regarding principles of microsurgery and microsurgical techniques
  • Practice using rubber sheet
  • Practice using silicon tubes

Course Fee

  • Basic Microsurgical Course: $1,200
  • Microsurgical Course for Physician Assistant: $500
  • Advanced Microsurgical Course: To be determined

Fees are to be paid in advance.

How to Apply

For additional information and course registration, please contact Hiroo Suami at hsuami@mdanderson.org.

Course Faculty

Hiroo Suami, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of Microsurgery Research Center


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