Is a short doctor course in circumcision for you?

Currently, around 20% of the 12.58 million males in Australia are circumcised. Circumcision is practised for medical, health, cultural or religious reasons.

A doctor can add the surgical procedure as a speciality, as public hospitals in Australia do not offer routine circumcision. Circumcision is only offered in public hospitals as a corrective measure for a health issue.

For a GP who would like to specialise in circumcision at any stage of their career, a short doctor course on the latest techniques and developments will provide the requisite theoretical knowledge coupled with hands-on practice from the course presenter, a circumcision specialist.

Consider the following points while deciding if a short doctor course in circumcision is for you.

Convenient online learning for doctors

The short doctor course is helpful for a doctor who wants to add circumcision to outpatient procedures but who needs to study online because of time and travel constraints. Online medical courses enable doctors in more remote areas to benefit from the techniques a specialist doctor in the city has acquired through working in a large circumcision clinic.

Improved patient outcomes

Circumcision is typically performed on a newborn male child, but teens and adult men may need circumcision to correct specific problems. Travelling with a baby can be stressful, so a trip to the local doctor’s day clinic is easier for parents and the child.

The knowledge that their local general practitioner has experience in the latest techniques and can perform the surgery gives them peace of mind. Circumcision is also linked to a reduction in infection rates for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), keeping the person who has been circumcised and his partner safer.

Virtual reality developments facilitate online learning

Short doctor courses in Australia are becoming more popular due to the impact of the pandemic, which has seen a move to online learning, with simulations and virtual reality techniques that enable doctors to be virtually present via videos and other online learning programs.

A practical component of a short doctor course

There is a practical component where the course presenter, a qualified surgeon, will work with the student taking the short doctor course during live procedures to assess competency in the techniques taught. An online medical certificate indicates that the general practitioner is qualified as a circumcision doctor.

Learning at an individual pace

A short doctor course is ideal for a GP who already works in a busy practice. They can choose the time and the pace at which they want to learn the theory of the techniques involved in becoming a circumcision doctor. Often this is done over weekends and in the evening at home. Taking time off during work hours for theory or simulations is no longer necessary. Only the practical aspects are now done in person. However, the time is reduced because the general practitioner is already competent in surgical procedures and is simply adding another speciality to the outpatient services offered to patients.

Latest techniques for a relatively pain-free procedure

Doctors taking the circumcision doctor course learn the various techniques used and which are the safest. In the US, the Mogen clamp, a Gomco clamp or the Plastibell device are used in most cases. There is also the Chinese Shang Ring technique. In a 2020 comparative study in Saudi Arabia, the Gomco and Plastibell devices were compared for the incidence of complications in infants aged up to six months.

According to the study, the Gomco ring results in the least complications and is considered a safer method. The Plastibell device, however, resulted in a lower bleeding volume than the Gomco method. The short doctor course will explain all the details and correct methods for the procedures using different devices.

Helping keep patients safe

General practitioners who wish to specialise as circumcision doctors or want to be able to add circumcision to the range of procedures they offer will benefit from this health informatics course in Australia.

The course explains all the health benefits for parents of neonatals who may be unsure of whether to proceed with circumcision. The short doctor course will explain why the risk of contracting UTIs is reduced in circumcised males and why circumcised men have less risk of sexual dysfunction as they age.

Most importantly, a neonatal circumcision may eliminate the need for treatment later in life when around 6% of boys will require circumcision to rectify medical problems. The risk of AIDS (HIV) and Human papillomavirus (HPV) may also be reduced in circumcised males.

The doctor can explain the latest methods to patients who may be unsure of the process and reassure them about the discomfort involved and how the latest medicines can provide a relatively pain-free experience.

To find out more about a short doctor course in circumcision available through Small Surgery Courses, contact us today.