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Basic Microsurgery
Course overview
Price categories
Medical Devices
$2,200 - $2,400
What will you learn?
Use of the operating microscope Basic suturing techniques using a plastic model Performing end-to-end arterial anastomoses utilizing the femoral artery of the rat (1 mm diameter): forehand, backhand, and one-way-up suturing techniques Performing end-to-end venous anastomoses utilizing the femoral vein of the rat (1.3 mm diameter) Performing an interpositional vein graft using a femoral vein graft (1.3 mm diameter) and epigastric vein graft (1 mm diameter) Performing end-to-side anastomoses: end of the femoral artery to the side of the femoral vein and end of the femoral vein to the side of the femoral artery Completing a peripheral epineurial repair of the rat sciatic nerve Performing a groin cutaneous free tissue flap
Educational methods
Hands on, Simulation
Course overview

The Basic Microsurgery course involves 40 hours of one-on-one, individualized training of microsurgical techniques in a small class environment where every student can learn at their own pace.

In this course, students will learn how to use the operating microscope, micro-instruments, and micro-sutures to perform end-to-end anastomoses, end-to-side anastomoses, a peripheral nerve repair, and an interpositional vein graft on live rat models. At the end of the course, students can attempt a groin cutaneous free tissue flap as a final assessment or perform any above procedures within a time limit. Throughout these procedures, students will practice self-control, patience, handling of fragile tissues, attention to detail, manual dexterity, efficiency in completion of an anastomosis, and brain-hand-eye-foot coordination.

Because these skills are transferable to other clinical professions, this course is a valuable learning experience for surgeons, clinicians, and researchers alike. Students who successfully complete the curriculum will receive the Basic Microsurgery Certificate of Training.

Price categories
Residents/Fellows 2200
Physicians 2400
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Medical Devices
Carl Zeiss, Inc Sharpoint Surgical Specialties ASSI MICRINS

Day 1 (9:30 AM to 5:30 PM):

Videos (click links below to view videos by the Faculty of Columbia Orthopedics):


  • Gain working knowledge of the use of the operating microscope, micro-instruments, and fine sutures (9-0 and 10-0) by practicing suturing on different planes using the latex rubber glove practice card.
  • Practice end-to-end arterial anastomosis using interrupted suturing: forehand and backhand.


Day 2 (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM):

Videos (click links below to view videos by the Faculty of Columbia Orthopedics):


  • Practice end-to-end arterial anastomosis using one-way-up suturing.
  • Practice end-to-end venous anastomosis using interrupted suturing.


Day 3 (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM):

Videos (click links below to view videos by the Faculty of Columbia Orthopedics):


  • Practice interpositional vein graft using the femoral vein.
  • Practice interpositional vein graft using the epigastric vein.


Day 4 (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM):

Videos (click links below to view videos by the Faculty of Columbia Orthopedics):


  • Practice end-to-side anastomosis using femoral artery to the side of femoral vein.
  • Practice end-to-side anastomosis using femoral vein to the side of femoral artery.
  • Practice epineurial repair using sciatic nerve.


Day 5 (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM):

Final Assessment:

  • Complete end-to-end anastomoses of the femoral artery and vein within a time limit.
  • OR, complete free tissue transfer with groin cutaneous flap (end-to-end or end-to-side).


A PDF version of the syllabus can be found here.


Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes - or bring scrubs.



Directions to the Columbia University Medical Center

The Center is located at West 168th Street and Broadway, immediately southeast of the George Washington Bridge, in the Heights/Inwood section of northern Manhattan. 

By subway:

Take the 1, A, or C train to the 168th Street station. From midtown Manhattan, the A train provides express service.

By bus:

A number of city buses serve the medical center: M-2, 3, 4, 5, and 100. For additional bus and subway information, call the Transit Authority at 718-330-1234.

By automobile:

The fastest and most convenient way to reach the medical center by automobile is to follow directions to the George Washington Bridge and exit onto Riverside Drive. From there, proceed south and turn left onto West 165th Street (the first left), and then right onto Fort Washington Avenue to the medical center parking facility.

  • From upstate New York and New Jersey: after crossing the George Washington Bridge, follow signs to the Henry Hudson (also called the West Side Highway), and then to Riverside Drive.
  • From Riverdale and Westchester: via the Saw Mill River Parkway, exit the Henry Hudson Parkway at the Riverside Drive exit, which is immediately past the George Washington Bridge.
  • From Westchester, Connecticut, or the East Side of Manhattan: via the Major Deegan, Cross-Bronx Expressway, or Harlem River Drive approaching the George Washington Bridge, take the Henry Hudson Parkway, stay to the left, and follow signs to Riverside Drive.
  • From the West Side of Manhattan: take the Henry Hudson Parkway to Exit 15-Riverside Drive South.


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Special option for Columbia Microsurgery Lab Students:

Maison le Grange - Microsurgery Special

Additional Resources

Columbia University Travel Portal

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The NYC Tourism website offers a wealth of information on the city and its attractions.

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Global Review
5 /5
Knowledge aquired
5 /5
Feb 18, 2019
Dr. Luis T.

Feb 11, 2019
Dr. John C.

Jan 21, 2019
Dr. Jeffrey S.

Jan 20, 2019
Dr. Grant C.

Jan 13, 2019
Dr. Andrew R.

<p>Excellent course, with great faculty and facilities. Very enjoyable and well run. </p>

Dec 31, 2018
Dr. Dražen V.

<p>It was fantastic course. A lot of individual work. I enjoyed this course.</p> <p> </p> <p>Drazen Vnuk</p>

Dec 22, 2018
Dr. Mohit J.

Dec 16, 2018
Dr. Paul J. P.

<p>Fantastic course: individualized, comprehensive, excellent resources and great teachinf - would highly recommend</p>

Dec 15, 2018
Dr. Jakub M.

<p>I recommend the Microsurgery Course.</p>

Dec 9, 2018

<p>very useful course in technique and ability to practice with immediate feedback. Would recommend to anyone interested in hand surgery; especially for upper-level residents and hand surgery fellows. Yelena and her interns are readily available for teaching and improving technique throughout the course.</p>

Dec 9, 2018
Dr. Andrew M.

<p>Thanks for a great week!</p> <p>The only downside to this course is the cost :)</p>

Dec 2, 2018
Dr. David K.

<p>Yelena and her team were very patient with me and allowed me to tailor the course to my clinical needs.  It's the hardest thing I have ever done but I definitely improved throughout the week.  I do recommend the course for all levels of experience. </p>

Dec 1, 2018
Dr. Abedin S.

Nov 24, 2018
Dr. Henrik B.

Nov 24, 2018
Dr. Timothy S.

<p>Excellent course, all the staff knew what they were doing, were helpful and constructive and I felt I got a lot out of the course</p>

Nov 18, 2018
Dr. Nana O. S.

Oct 29, 2018
Dr. Rehan Z.

Oct 21, 2018
Dr. Ryan C.

Oct 14, 2018
Dr. Joshua J.

<p>Excellent instructions</p>

Oct 6, 2018
Dr. James M.

Sep 19, 2018
Dr. Guillermo E.

Sep 17, 2018
Dr. Joanna B.

I really enjoyed this course and my confidence in microsurgery bloomed! The facilities are second to none and for my level of expriece (CT2/ST3 transtion in UK system) I can think of no better way to learn, lots of time to go at my own pace and space to make mistakes and correct them with excellent feedback from Yelena, our trainer. A superb course, I will be reccomending it to all my plastic surgery colleauges.

Sep 14, 2018
Dr. Alan S.

Sep 2, 2018
Dr. Aileen E.

Great introductory course

Aug 18, 2018
Dr. Chia W.

Aug 17, 2018
Dr. Aldo L.

Aug 3, 2018
Dr. Nader H.

Jul 28, 2018
Dr. Yaroslav B.

Jul 14, 2018
Dr. Fatine E.

I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in microsurgery, or who wants to horn in on this difficult skill. It's a very informative course with complete hands on experience. No more than 3 students per week so the attention is really one on one and Dr Yelena is the BEST !

Jul 13, 2018
Dr. John S.

Excellent course!

Jul 7, 2018
Dr. Bryan B.

Jun 25, 2018
Dr. Andres L.

Jun 22, 2018
Dr. Moayad A.

Best course I've ever attended, the faculty were extremely organized and were able to tailor the experiences for each one of us, small grouping "3" made it possible for the faculty to monitor our progression and ensuring that we get the maximum out of these 5 days. Having zero experience in Microsurgery at day one, and being able to perform vein grafts by the end of the course can tell how useful it was. EXTREMELY RECOMMENDED.

Jun 16, 2018
Dr. Ahmed D.

Jun 15, 2018
Dr. Christopher S.

The knowledge and experience of Yelena, assistance from the highly trained and capable interns such as Amro, and small group setting of the course (maximum of three) make this probably one of the best microsurgery courses in the world. I would highly recommend it if you'd like to learn micro from scratch or brush up and develop your existing skills. Many thanks!

Jun 11, 2018
Dr. Boris A.

The course and personel overpassed my expectations. Academic level and Hospitality were the Highest features I ever seen in an International trainning. I recommend it doubtlessly.

Jun 2, 2018
Dr. Sayid Z.

Jun 2, 2018
Dr. Gerrit D.

<p>Great Course, learnt a lot.</p> <p> </p>

May 26, 2018
Dr. Ariane B.

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