Medical students from WSU get handson training

first_imgAlex Franke has donned surgical gloves in the past. But the Washington State University medical student had never gone step-by-step through the process of gowning and gloving for a sterile operating room.On Monday, Franke and 13 of his peers learned the meticulous process required for scrubbing into surgery and maintaining a sterile environment from the staff at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center.“It’s mind-boggling how much goes into it,” said Franke, a 23-year-old Seattle resident.The experience was new for fellow medical student Megan Short, too.“I didn’t realize how much I didn’t know,” said Short, who graduated from Skyview High School in 2008.Short and Franke are part of the first class of medical students at WSU’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. The 60 students spend the vast majority of their first two years in the classroom in Spokane, before finishing the program with two years of clinical work in four Washington communities: Vancouver, Everett, the Tri-Cities and Spokane.During each of the first two years, the students — split into four cohorts of about 15 students — have three one-week visits to their communities. The first day of those stays includes some time in the classroom, as well as a workshop. This time around, Legacy hosted the 14 students for a workshop on surgical gowning and gloving and an introduction to suturing.Dr. Richard Green, a plastic surgeon at Salmon Creek Plastic Surgery, led the students through the suturing portion of the workshop, demonstrating how to hold instruments and perform a simple interrupted suture.last_img read more