Program Goals

The Supervised Training in Operative Procedure (STOP course), is a course dedicated to providing supervised and standardized training in basic surgical skills This standard is achieved through meticulous research, regular updates and adopting a “one safe approach” towards all the relevant basic surgical skills.

Course Objectives

Participants will be introduced to one safe method to perform surgical skills, build their confidence by providing training and practice to all through supervision of experienced surgeons.


Upon successful completion of the STOP provider course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Perform the basics of patient preparation for/in the OR
  2. Handle and manipulate various surgical instruments
  3. Understand the rationale behind sterilization, disinfection and safety
  4. Perform different knots and sutures
  5. Understand the principles behind operative bleeding control which include:
    • Vascular Control
    • Dressings
    • Drain Insertion
  6. Perform small surgical procedures
  7. Understand the basics behind Electro-surgery and Laparoscopic surgery

Description and STOP Educational Format

This is a hands-on, 3 day course taught in a module format that includes both interactive discussions and skill stations taught and supervised by experienced surgeons.


Course materials include a student manual, link to pre-course assessment website and practice videos.


There are 8 modules in this course divided into lectures, videos, demonstrations and skill practice.


STOP modules:

  • Surgical preparation
  • Equipment and instruments
  • Knots
  • Sutures
  • Operative bleeding control
  • The Operation
  • Surgical Procedures
  • More Advanced Surgery

Target Audience/Requirements

This course is designed to be accessible to a wide variety of doctors. These include:

  • Final Year Medical Students
  • Interns
  • General Practitioners
  • Doctors in remote areas with less access to resources
  • Junior residents – this includes service or training residents in various specialties such as surgical, emergency and obstetrics and gynecology
  • Any other doctor that wishes to attend from any specialty


It is important that participants come well prepared and studied the entire STOP course student manual to be familiar with all subjects of the course. Successful completion of the course involves receiving a minimum grade of 70% on the pre-course assessment, attending the entire course, and passing all the skill stations.


Operating Room Nurses can attend the course as auditors and if interested can pursue an appointment as a coordinator.


Upon completion of the course, the provider will receive a certificate of completion as well as CME hours.

A doctor, (with surgical experience) who successfully underwent the provider course, maybe chosen as an “Instructor Potential”; further training would be provided if interested.

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