Abdourahmane Ndong MSc alumni LSSS_crop

Programme: MSc Laparoscopic Surgery & Surgical Skills

Year of study: 2020-2021

Undergraduate education: MD, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Sénégal

Graduate education: Surgical resident, Gaston Berger University, Saint-Louis, Sénégal

Current role: General Surgeon, Gaston Berger University, Saint-Louis, Sénégal

Abdourahmane Ndong

What made you decide to study the MSc Laparoscopic Surgery & Surgical Skills programme at Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London?

I chose to study this programme because Queen Mary was ranked fifth in the UK for research quality (REF 2014). Thus, this course could help to improve my capacities in open and laparoscopic surgery. The programme focused on advanced practical training and laparoscopy and offered an important opportunity to improve my career.

What aspects did you enjoy most about the programme?

The use of simulation was central to the training, and the simulation centre at the Barts Cancer Institute was available regularly for extra training. In addition, the immersion in the operating theatre at the Royal London Hospital was of great help.

Can you describe your career path and touch on your current role?

I am currently a General Surgeon at Gaston Berger University. I have consolidated laparoscopic activities in my practice since my training in London. I hope to develop minimally invasive surgery training and practice at my university.

How do you think your MSc will help you with your current role / future career path?

Besides practical training at the simulation centre at Barts Cancer Institute and immersion in the operating theatre at the Royal London Hospital, we received training about literature search and medical writing. These skills are fundamental in my career as a researcher. With the research and surgical skills gained during this MSc, I aim to participate in the training of the next generation of general and laparoscopic surgeons of Senegal and Africa; to give better access to surgery for all my community.

Do you have any advice for prospective students who are considering this course?

My main advice is to enjoy and fully take advantage of this course. The mentors are very dedicated and patient to help students learn the maximum of new skills.