Guess Who’s Inspired? ♥

Posted in Uncategorized by Tinay on May 1, 2011

I was lucky enough to be part of the pioneering batch to have attended a two-day summer surgical course dubbed INSPIRE (Introduction to Surgical Principles, Instrumentation and Rehersal for Excellence) over at EJACC Hall at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center compound. The faculty comprised of the movers and shakers of the surgical department, headed by no other than man himself, Dr. Stephen Sixto Siguan.

 INSPIRE’s main goal was to provide the students an early exposure into the world of surgery by learning the necessary concepts and skills entailed of it. On the first day, we were given a crash course on surgical hand washing, gowning, gloving, and meeting and greeting the basic surgical instruments. I guess it served as a reminder for me to brush up on what I’ve learned over my nursing years as it could come quite handy in the next few months. After that came my two favorite ones — the knot-tying and suturing!! It was quite a challenge, and there was so much art involved! (Haha. Okay, that was just my opinion!) Patience, practice and more practice was the way to creating a decently secure and pretty knot!

A room-full of surgeon aspirants!

TEAM LEFTY!! We are such special population! Hehe 🙂 Here are my fellow groupmates going through our individual learning kits.

Lefties had some luck to be facilitated by Dr. Siguan himself! I’m such a proud leftie!

And at 6:30 this morning, we dragged our lazy bums over at the barangay hall of Sambag 2 for the culminating activity—Operation Tuli. Screaming kids, crying kids, giggling kids, abnormally quiet kids, shy kids, talkative kids, seemingly possessed kids, OLD kids— all became brave little soldiers as they left the room! Turning boys into MEN is such a wonderful contribution to the society, don’t you think?! 😉

I didn’t really get to document anything from today, but anyhow, it was an immensely fulfilling feat!  The heat, the back aches, the thigh aches, the anxiety  and all the oozing blood in the world were totally worth it! And as mentioned by Doc Siguan, today’s activity wasn’t just for the mere application of our learned skills, but it was being of service as well.

I HIGHLY suggest other medical students especially to surgeon- wannabes to attend their course next time around! Credits to the course faculty — Dr. Jerry Alinsug (General Surgeon), Dr. Samuel Yadao (Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon), Dr. Loreto Ong (General and Colorectal Surgeon), Dr. Saleshe Tracy Anne Baking (General Surgeon), the sponsors, the nurses and all the other people who create the team. Thank you so much for the opportunity and kudos to all 🙂


My wrongly named certificate of participation is still out there! I didn’t know that my sister can be quite famous! I should really learn to step out of her shadow and make a name for myself! HAHAHA. 😀

Laughs. Loves and My Surgical Love Affair.

* tinay *


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