Suturing Skills and Advanced Techniques Course Description

Course Credits: Earn up to 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and AAFP Prescribed Credits.

Course Price: $1,695

Suturing Skills and Advanced Techniques is a two-day course.

Primary care providers in the outpatient setting are frequently expected to manage a wide variety of wounds. Proper techniques and strategies are necessary to manage the challenges of traumatic wounds, as well as elective wounds made in a controlled setting for the purpose of biopsy or excision. Whether the wound is simple or complicated, the common goal for all repairs is complete closure while minimizing complications and maximizing healing to achieve the best possible cosmetic outcome. 

This course is designed to provide insight into the anatomy of the skin, principles of healing, surgical equipment, and multiple techniques employed to optimize results and patient satisfaction. Basic suturing concepts and techniques will be covered in addition to multiple advanced techniques to address difficult wounds with irregularities, asymmetry or missing tissue. Lecture time is focused on the concepts and details applicable to all types of wounds. The course agenda includes an abundance of hands-on practice time, allowing attendees to develop confidence and skills necessary for accurate wound repair.

Didactic material and techniques range from very basic to more advanced techniques, so the course is designed for providers of all skill levels. Those with minimal experience will find a comfortable agenda and learning environment to master the basics. Those with more experience will find ample opportunity to sharpen and refine skills while broadening their abilities with the more advanced techniques. Hands-on practice will include simple sutures, mattress sutures, subcutaneous sutures, and buried sutures. Advanced techniques will include leveling stitches, dog ear repair, z-plasty, v-y plasty, and advancement flaps.

This course provides a friendly, low-pressure environment for residents, physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants from a variety of practice settings. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn, practice, and improve your skills without feeling judged or intimidated by what you don't already know.