Surgical Anatomy Review Practical (SARP) 2019

September 2019

As one of the longest-running postgraduate preparatory course offered by Jeffery Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences (JCSMHS), the Surgical Anatomy Review Practical (SARP) was organised successfully by the Chair, Associate Professor Arkendu Sen along with Associate Professor Lakshmi Selvaratnam on 21 and 22 September 2019 at the specially equipped MAPEL Lab.
This hands-on course introduced the participants to key concepts in Surgical and Clinical Applications of Anatomy, Pathology and Microbiology (relevant to General Surgery), and Orthopaedics Practice.

It was a popular postgraduate course, not just in Monash but synonymous with quality Orthopaedics and General Surgery Preparatory course in the whole of Malaysia. The conduct of SARP allowed JCSHMS to establish close collaborations and links with examinations organised by the College of Surgeons, Academy of Medicine of Malaysia.

The course attracted candidates and young doctors far and wide, even as far as Langkawi and Indonesia who were thinking of a career in Orthopaedic Surgery and were preparing for intercollegiate MRCS Part A Exam, Postgraduate Entrance Exams and Basic Sciences Examination (Orthopaedic Surgery). As Dr Arkendu Sen put it, SARP 2019 was a huge success as the unique Technology Enhanced Active Learning environment of MAPEL lab along with Master Classes and facilitation done by our own JCSHMS clinicians Dr Robert Penfort, Dr Lau, Dr Amreeta, Dr Lukman, Dr Sen and Dr Lakshmi.

According to Associate Professor Lakshmi, "We are delighted that this is our 7th SARP Preparatory Course since the inaugural event in 2011, which marked the very first postgraduate surgical training course organised by our Medical School. Throughout the years, we have been fortunate to have the strong support of both the School and the College of Surgeons, Academy of Medicine Malaysia to run this popular event. This year, as always, we are most appreciative of the commitment of our team of experienced facilitators backed by our excellent technical support in the MAPEL Lab.  It was amazing to see all participants- medical officers, house officers and senior medical students alike - work collaboratively together to engage in their learning. We trust SARP 2019 continues to help candidates give that boost in their journey towards a surgical career, going by the testimony of some of our previous participants."

This unique feature of SARP allowed the participants to have a hands-on experience of specimens as well as active collaboration amongst peers with expert input in real-time. Dr Sen pointed out that one of the notable benefits of this course was the opportunity for senior Monash students, including those from Segamat, to be involved in the learning process with House officers and Medical officers from around the country. It was a fruitful learning experience for all.