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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.