Procedural Skills Courses

2017 National
Conference

Save the date for the 2017 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students!

July 27 - July 29, 2017
Kansas City Convention Center
Kansas City, MO

Gain hands-on experience from expert faculty. Perform procedures regularly conducted in a family medicine practice. Each course has a $90 fee and ranges from two to three hours in length.

You may register for procedural skills during the registration process or call the AAFP member resource center at (800) 274-2237 to add the option to your registration. On-site registration for procedural skills is also available (possible limited number of spots available).

Basic Suturing Techniques

Thursday, July 28 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Friday, July 29 | 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Limit: 30 registrants per session
Faculty: Michael Kennedy, MD and Donald Milligan, MD

  • Learn basic techniques for wound care, knot-tying, suturing methods and wound closure through hands-on practice.
  • Discuss material selection for use in suturing; which may include surgical needles, sutures, skin staples, topical skin adhesives, tapes, bandages or skin adhesives.
  • Accurately predict when stitches should be removed based on location and the extent of wound healing.

NOTE: The exercise is performed on the skin of pigs' feet.


Advanced Suturing Techniques

Saturday, July 30 | 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Limit: 30 registrants
Pre-requisite: Must be a resident or third- or fourth- year medical student
Faculty: Michael Kennedy, MD and Donald Milligan, MD

This course is most valuable after completing the Basic Suturing course.

  • Review indications and pitfalls for tissue rearrangement procedures.
  • Practice the corner stitch closure for flaps and trauma situations.
  • Summarize specific indications and perform tissue rearrangement procedures, including single and double advancement flaps, single and double VY plasties, rotation flaps, bilobed flaps, rhomboid flaps, and O to Z plasties.
  • Discuss the indications for the single and multiple Z-plasty techniques.
  • Review the proper closure of oblique lacerations.
  • Practice proper closure following tissue lacerations.

NOTE: The exercise is performed on the skin of pigs' feet.


Joint Injections

Friday, July 29 | 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Friday, July 29 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 30 | 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Limit: 30 registrants per session
Faculty: William J. Cox, DO and Gautam Desai, DO

  • Understand the why and how joint injections are performed.
  • Properly perform joint injections.
  • Recognize risks and benefits of joint injections.

Osteopathic Manual Medicine

Thursday, July 28 | 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Limit: 30 registrants
Faculty: William J. Cox, DO and Gautam Desai, DO

Review osteopathic theories and concepts of dysfunction as they relate to musculoskeletal and other problems. Learn a variety of musculoskeletal techniques and then practice on each other.

  • Be introduced to observation, postural evaluation and palpation skills.
  • Become familiar with basic manipulation techniques, their application and contraindications
  • Explore manipulative medicine’s role in restoring and maintaining homeostasis.
  • Consider the role of the musculoskeletal, lymphatic system and fascia in the treatment of the whole person.
  • Review the purpose of an Osteopathic treatment.

NOTE: Loose comfortable clothing that allows palpation of the back and neck is recommended.


Perineal Laceration Repair

Thursday, July 28 | 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Limit: 30 registrants per session
Pre-requisite: Participants should be able to tie suture knots and properly hold instruments.
Faculty: Todd D. Shaffer, MD

Maximize the time spent on multiple-layer laceration repair through multiple learning methods, such as slide presentation, video demonstration, and hands-on use of models.

  • Classify perineal lacerations as first, second, third or fourth degree tears.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in suturing tears to the perineal skin, muscles and vaginal tissues.

Skin Biopsy Techniques

Friday, July 29 | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Limit: 30 registrants per session
Faculty: Michael Silvers, MD and Rose Zwerenz, MD

  • Explain the options for skin biopsy including shave, punch, ellipse and incisional biopsies.
  • Recognize how to choose the best biopsy type for the lesion depending upon the type of lesion and its expected depth.
  • Perform shave biopsy, punch biopsy and elliptical excision upon indication.

Women's Health Procedures

Thursday, July 28 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Friday, July 29 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Limit: 30 registrants per session
Faculty: Kavitha Arabindoo, MD and Jennifer Tieman, MD

Learn the skills needed to perform common outpatient gynecology procedures.

  • Describe the indications, risk and complications of an endometrial biopsy, IUD insertion and Bartholin cyst incision and drainage.
  • Describe the correct preparation of the patient and equipment for an endometrial biopsy, IUD insertion and Bartholin cyst incision and drainage with word catheter placement.
  • Demonstrate an endometrial biopsy, IUD insertion, and Bartholin cyst incision and drainage on the available simulated models.