Course Syllabus

Medical Simulation Lab

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Semester & Location:

Spring 2023 - DIS Stockholm

Type & Credits:

Elective Course - 3 credits

Major Disciplines:

Biology, Biomedicine / Biotechnology, Pre-Medicine / Health Science


One year of biology and one year of chemistry at the university level


Students have to be enrolled in the Precision Medicine core course

Faculty Members:

Chen Tamm & Paulina Mendoza (current students please use the Canvas Inbox)

Program Director:

Susana LS Dietrich

Academic support: 

Time & Place:

Mondays and Thursdays, 15:00 - 17:00/18:00

Specific meeting times will change depending on location: look at the schedule for details 

Location: DIS (D-509) and Karolinska New Hospital


Course Description

In this hands-on lab course, you will learn about specific diseases and follow the diagnosis and treatment pathway of a patient. The focus will be on surgical and clinical skills, such as history taking, first contact patient management, knot tying, instrument handling, suturing, haemostasis and tissue dissection. You will learn about relevant anatomy and physiology by using virtual reality (VR)  alongside traditional approaches. Learn about the ever-growing field of medical imaging and how methods such as X-Ray, CT, MR, and ultrasound are becoming an increasing part of medical diagnostics and treatment. You will gain a clear idea of how a surgeon has to prepare and train, by training and performing certain interventions and surgical procedures through the use of medical simulators, VR, or other.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify and locate organs and anatomically relevant tissues relating to a specific disease and/or surgery
  • Compare and contrast diagnostic options, and discuss when surgery is the treatment option
  • Name the different surgical equipment and identify when each should be used
  • Demonstrate how different surgical equipment should be held and used
  • Perform some of the most common pre-op procedures
  • Execute different types of surgery procedures, using a simulation approach
  • Describe possible operative and post-op complications, and prioritize the follow up action according to severity and possible outcomes
  • Show different suturing techniques and justify when to use each



Chen Tamm

Active as Consultant radiologist in Abdominal Radiology department at Karolinska University Hospital since 2022. M.D (Uppsala University 2013). M.Sc. (Biomedical Sciences, Karolinska Institute 2008). With DIS since 2022.


Paulina Mendoza

M.D. (La Salle University, Mexico City, 2019). M. Sc. Nutrition Science (Karolinska Universitet, 2021). Previous employment at the Military Central Hospital in Mexico City (2019-2020). With DIS since 2021.


Chapters from Hole’s JW: Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology, 13th WC Brown Publishers, London 2004

Chapters from The Unoffical guide to Radiology: Mark A Rodrigues, Zeshan Qureshi
ISBN: 9780957149946

Additional readings regarding specific important information and instructions relating to specific procedures will be posted on canvas.

Approach to teaching

The course will primarily use Problem-Based Learning (PBL) as well as a hands-on approach to learning. Clinical cases will be used to stimulate inquiry, critical thinking and knowledge application and integration. Assignments and tests will assess relevant theoretical and practical knowledge.

Expectations of the students

Students are expected to actively participate in all activities related to the course. Additionally, students should come duly prepared for each class. Students should be willing to follow a surgeon’s approach to preparation for surgery, which includes a lot of training and executing the same type of procedure repeatedly in order to optimize performance.

Lab simulation work

The course will have at least 3/4 practical hands on work. This will include performing and training pre-op, operative, and basic clinical procedures, as well as surgical simulation. 


To be eligible for a passing grade in this class all of the assigned work must be completed.

The factors influencing the final grade and their weights are reported in the following table:

Participation 15%
Anatomy assignment 10%
Performance-based assessment 20%
Tests 35%
Smaller procedure individual test 20%
Total 100%


Academic Regulations

Please make sure to read the Academic Regulations on the DIS website. There you will find regulations on: 


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*The schedule is subject to change.

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