Newsletter – Oct, 2015

Hi everyone,

The UBC Technology in Medicine Club (TiM Club) will be hosting two hands-on workshops on laparoscopic surgery and robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery. If you missed out last year, here’s another chance!

What: Robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery and laparoscopic surgery workshop
When: 5:00 – 6:30 pm and 6:30 – 8:00 pm on Thursday, March 31st

Where: Basement of Vancouver General Hospital

Enter the lottery for seats by signing up here by 11:59PM Saturday, October 17. Drawn names will be notified on Sunday, October 18

More information:

Dr. Christopher Nguan, a practicing urologist at VGH, will teach the basic techniques of both robot-assisted and manual laparoscopic surgery. After that you’ll get to sit in the driver seat of the da Vinci Si surgical robot (picture attached) and try out some surgical tasks.  You’ll also get to do the same using conventional/manual laparoscopic surgicalinstruments. The event will be held in the biomedical engineering department in the basement of VGH and pizza will be provided.

The workshop is open to both medical and engineering students. We will randomly select 34 students to participate in the workshops. Please note that we cannot accommodate more than that although we wish we could. For med students: unfortunately, this workshop will not be offered at the distributed medical sites. 

Save the date! We’ll be having a TiM Talk on November 5th on eHealth at the Medical Student Alumni Centre! More details to follow in the upcoming weeks.

For questions or comments, please email We look forwarding to seeing you October 22nd!



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