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The Making of a Tzu Chi Surgeon - A cadaver’s busy new life: days 3 and 4

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The Making of a Tzu Chi Surgeon
A Tzu Chi exclusive
simulated surgery training course: days 1 and 2
A cadaver’s busy new life: days 3 and 4
Retrospect—end of day 4
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A cadaver’s busy new life: days 3 and 4
The second half of the program was for resident and attending surgeons to practice a wide spectrum of surgical procedures. A few of them had come from other countries, from medical institutions not related to the Tzu Chi Foundation.

In the few years since its inception, the Tzu Chi simulated surgery program has attracted the attention of members of other medical institutions. Some of them, like Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the University of Queensland in Australia, either visited or applied to be trained in the program. Indonesia has so far twice sent the largest contingents, which included faculty, physicians, and students from Universitas Indonesia and Cipto Mangunkusumo Central Hospital, Jakarta.

Many highly experienced surgeons also participated to help guide students. A course on liver transplantation was led by Dr. Yin Wen-yao (尹文耀), head of surgery at Dalin Tzu Chi General Hospital. He impressed the importance of great care in surgery upon those learning at his table. “The slightest slip of the scalpel could cut a blood vessel and cause a great deal of bleeding,” Yin warned his group.

Drs. Chen Ying-he (陳英和), superintendent emeritus of the Hualien Tzu Chi Medical Center, and Yu Zai-jiu (于載九), head of orthopedics at Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital, worked at the orthopedic surgery table. They led their group through various orthopedic surgical procedures on joints, radii, cervical vertebrae, thoracic vertebrae, and lumbar vertebrae.

Dr. Wu Chao-qun (伍超群), head of general surgery at Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital, guided his group through two gastrectomy operations. First, in the morning, they practiced a traditional, invasive approach, making large incisions in the abdomen; this was followed in the afternoon by a laparoscopic approach on another silent mentor. Endoscopic techniques, which are now in wide use in many countries, were an integral part of this class.

Dr. Li Yuan-jie (李原傑) watched Dr. Xu Zheng-xian (許正賢) perform a corneal transplant. Li is an attending ophthalmologist and Xu a resident at the Hualien Tzu Chi Medical Center. Li said that he could not let Xu practice on a living patient, and that it was a really rare and precious opportunity for Xu to perform such an operation from end to end. Xu said, “I could only watch an operation with my eyes, and now I can do it with my own hands. I’m really grateful.”


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