Students at Feinberg practice surgical techniques on mock organs

Feinberg students had the chance to learn about surgical techniques by observing a workshop on suturing. The workshop was organized by the student-led Ophthalmology Interest Group. Many students used a scalpel for their first time, and residents and faculty were there to answer questions and guide them through the workshop.

Opportunities to master practical skills such as suturing aren’t usually available until our third year. This workshop was a good introduction for skills we all want to enhance.

Gina Johnson, second-year student and treasurer, Ophthalmology Interest Group (OIG)

Kelly Laurenti, MD, assistant professor of Ophthalmology in the Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology; Hawke Yoon, MD, assistant professor of Ophthalmology in the Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology; Gina Johnson, second-year student; Jennifer Rossen, MD an assistant professor of Ophthalmology in the Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology; David Younessi, second-year student; and Liza Cohen, MD, an Northwestern Medicine oculoplastic surgeon.

Hawke Yoon, MD, and Jennifer Rossen, MD, both assistant professors of Ophthalmology in the Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology, conducted the workshop and instructed students in pediatric surgical techniques. Students were able to practice basic suturing on chicken breasts, grapes, and hot dogs as well as do scleral passes on food items, such as hot dogs and grapes. They also applied the techniques they learned during the workshop for simulation eye surgery on sheep eyes.

“It was a chance to share something we are all passionate about with the student body at large and let students develop a skill that can be applied across many fields,” said David Younessi who is a second-year student and president of the OIG.

Johnson and Younessi were drawn to ophthalmology due to the wide range of settings for care as well as the microsurgery issues that they face, and continuity of care.

“The prospect of helping an individual keep the sight that we take for granted invokes a sense of privilege in me, and I believe it would allow for an extremely rewarding career,” Younessi said.

One of the many specialty interest groups, the OIG connects students to Ophthalmology resources and offers a platform of interaction and communication between Ophthalmology medical students and faculty.

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