The hand surgery laboratory of Professor Pivato is born: it is the first Humanitas lab where doctors and residents will work with real anatomical parts

An anatomy lab focused on hand surgery: the first and only one in the Humanitas University training program in which residents –  to whom the lab will be accessible – will be able to work using cadaver parts (in this case, the hands). The project, which will start in the coming months, will be held by a team coordinated by Professor Giorgio Pivato    Head of the Hand Surgery and Reconstructive Microsurgery IRCCS Humanitas Clinical Institute operative unit.

Professor Pivato recently joined the Board of the Hunimed School of Orthopaedics and Traumatology directed by Professor Alessandro Castagna: “I consider it a great honor. And I also feel the strong sense of responsibility that this role entails: the expectations are many and being able to convey the fundamental principles of your own field of activity, is often a very complex challenge.  However, having the opportunity to deal with young doctors in training is a great stimulus for human and professional growth”. For this reason, explains Professor Pivato, “we have tried to create a codified training course that can ensure the best involvement of the residents who rotate in our department”.

The laboratory will allow the students attending the specialization to perform activities in the operating room, to have support in outpatient activities and in the emergency room and to have the opportunity to draw on the case history of the Department “to produce scientific articles and possibly assistance in case they choose to carry out the thesis of specialty with us”.

In addition to these routine activities, there will be the study of the hand anatomy, “which I believe cannot be considered sufficient to fully understand such a complex anatomical district”. As Professor Pivato explains, “this is the reason why we have proposed that all residents who will alternate in our Department, will be offered the opportunity of an anatomical dissection session on the hand at the Cadaver Lab of Humanitas University, where, with the help of a tutor, they will have the opportunity to “explore” the anatomy of the hand and simulate some reconstructive interventions”. To be able to work with real and not reproduced anatomical parts is, for Professor Pivato, “an essential quality requirement: having the anatomical knowledge of the district on which you are going to operate, is like having a navigator that allows you to navigate between the various structures that you encounter and, at the same time, knowing how a healthy structure should be, you are able to repair it when traumatized or affected by a particular pathology”.


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