Gannon, Saint Vincent to Conduct Suturing Workshop

Posted: April 15, 2014

Twenty Gannon University pre-medical students will learn suturing techniques from a team of Saint Vincent Hospital physicians on Tuesday, April 15.

Led by Tim Pelkowski, M.D., Director of the Family Medicine Residency program at Saint Vincent, the physicians will work together in teams with two students to practice suturing on a pig leg. Dr. Pelkowski will also deliver an initial PowerPoint presentation on the basics of suturing.

The workshop is one in a series of presentations held by the Saint Vincent physicians this year for Gannon pre-medical students. The presentations are designed to give students a competitive edge when entering medical school, provide medically related program content that extends beyond science coursework and foster building networks between local physicians and students.

Through the suturing workshop and the panel discussion on medical careers that was held this past fall, students have begun a mentoring relationship with the physicians with valuable opportunities to ask them about life in the medical profession, how to prepare for and succeed in medical school, how to maintain a work-life balance and how to choose a specialty.

"The suturing workshop allows students to take knowledge from the classroom and apply it in a medical context," said Lisa Nogaj, Ph.D. director of Gannon's pre-professional medical and pre-pharmacy programs. "This event complements our efforts as pre-health advisors because at these workshops, students may directly ask physicians their questions about how to navigate these challenging careers and what it's really like to practice medicine. We appreciate Dr. Pelkowski and the Saint Vincent team for their willingness to spend time enriching our students' experiences and skills, and know that our Gannon students will someday pay it forward to the next generation of pre-medical students."