Name of the activity: Souk Workshops

Country/NMO: Algeria (Le Souk)

Program: Teaching Medical Skills

Contact information: [email protected]

Type of the activity: Capacity Building (Training or Workshop). Teaching and develop knowledge, skills and techniques in a particular field. While training can have any form, workshops are more formal and also include exchange of information between participants.

General description:

Our curriculum lacks of most of the basic skills and we’ve seen some of the repercussions when faced with difficulties once in the working world, and ones of these lacks are Basic surgery skills and EKG/CRXinterpretation which are the most important and basic topics that every students must master especially in time of crisis . So we decided to tackle the problem though different workshops, presented by specialist and for a limited number of participants at the time to be more impactful .Our target were undergraduate students and our mains beneficiaries are the patients of cous

We made sure to attain our objectives by doing an assessment during the workshops and making sure that each participant understood each point and the end we gave them leaflet with take home reminder and did a feedback session to measure up the impact. Long term evaluation isn’t set up yet but we will definitely work on it once we have a good number of reached people

Focus area:

The activity includes two focus areas the one chosen above and Diagnostic tests interpretation.

Problem statement:

More than 50% of each graduating promotion will become general practitioners, half of them will be sent to rural aeas where they are the only doctors relayed on. Our Education system doesn’t cover Basic surgery Skills nor does it have enough courses on Diagostic tests interpretations such as EKG and CXR. So the problem arises as we medical students don’t know our ABCs which are an obligation before graduation.

Target groups:

Medical students, Healthcare Students


General population

Objectives and indicators of success:

Every student must learn basic surgical techniques such as:

-Surgical scrubbing, growing and gloving.

-Differentiation between the different materials used.

-Basic suturing techniques and treatment for different wounds.

As for the EKG part, the objectives are:

-Knowing the steps to perform a correct EKG.

-Being able to identify a normal EKG and its physiological variances and differenciate it from a pathological one

-Being able to Identify the most known pathological EKGs.

And for the CRX part, the objectives are:

-Knowingthe different techniques for chest radiological exploration.

-Knowing its quality criteria and different incidences

-Being able to identify a normal CRX and its physiological variances.

-Being able to identify the most known pathological CRX


For all the workshops we were dependent on the residents who presented them, see as we had to make on coincide with their free time.

Once the residents confirmed with us, for the Suture workshops sutures kits or cow feet were used to sue on .

Once the material bought and the residents confirmed we launched forms for the participants and we had some criteria as mentioned above (soon to be graduated are prioritized, and those who have some basic notion in cardiology for the EKG workshop and in pneumology for CRX workshop) during the workshops and through different forms of instant evaluation we were able to attain.

At the end we had prepared some leaflet with a take home message,containing the most important points of the workshops as a reminder for late

Plans for evaluation:

Asking questions all along the workshops to know if the point that will be tackled is known/understood by some of the participants (and we count those who don’t know or partial know to measure up the impact) and before the end we do a little quiz to know if everyone understood the different points. As the activity is just starting we can’t really measure up the long term impact as it should be in the field of work but we’ve had some feedbacks from participants who were able to follow better during their trainings .Aside from the impact we’ve had on the student’s by teaching them medicals skills that they don’t have in their curriculum,through this workshop we developed a good working partnerships with the residents that present them and they were able to help up shape up the workshops more and bring focus to certain areas over others. In addition they are our future teachers and the fact that they see our struggle will push them in the long run to help advocate for better curriculum