A Cascades East doctor leads a workshop for Oregon Tech students to practice suturing techniques

March 11, 2022KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. A workshop led by Cascades East family medicine resident Derek Wiseman, MD, provided Oregon Tech students with hands-on training and guidance in the art of suturing.

The March 7 workshop was organized by Oregon Tech Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) Chapter, a national honor society for pre-professional health students. Dr. Wiseman guided the students through various stitching techniques and provided non-human specimens to practice on.

Casey Butz, AED President and Health Sciences Club Co-Chair, helped organize the workshop. “We wanted students to get a real taste of hands-on medical experience before they even entered a graduate program,” he said. “It will help them better understand exactly what they are going for. Some students used scalpels and forceps for the anatomy and physiology labs when we worked on cadaver dissection, but in terms of actual suturing, this is the first time we’ve had something like this. This is a very exciting opportunity.

As a graduate of Oregon Tech’s Biology-Health Sciences program, Dr. Wiseman is particularly interested in providing students with more hands-on experience and the opportunity to interact with healthcare providers. “It’s an easy and fun workshop that I would have enjoyed as a student,” said Dr. Wiseman. “We hope this will excite students about the long and difficult journey to medicine.”

A native of Klamath Falls, Dr. Wiseman taught anatomy labs at Oregon Tech for a year before enrolling in medical school at Oregon Health & Science University. He is now in his first year of residency.

Casey said it was ACN’s first event for its 16 members this year. The chapter is implementing mock maintenance workshops, webinar events with the University of Nevada Reno, and a Spring Stop the Bleed event with Dr. Wiseman.

Students who attended the event include Zaysha Akina-Mahoe, Sydney Baker, Jaelynne Birkby, Rebecca Brogan, Alyx Burkhartzmeyer, William Caldwell, Kori Delgado, Diana Escamilla, Ialee Hering, Nick McMillen, Angel Mondragon, Elizabeth Peterson, Aja Phelps , Lydia Poss, Aaron Ruiz, Katie Sabin, Erin Skelton, Claire Wilson and Chad Yanagisawa.

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