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."