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Japanese Hospital Tests New Surgeons with Difficult and Artistic new Exam

  • 24
  • 08
  • 2016

Becoming a skilled surgeon is difficult under the best of circumstances. It requires an enormous amount of both study and dexterity in order to hone your skills to a level where you are able to practice.


In order to ensure that surgeons are qualified to perform their intensely difficult work, they are tested hundreds of times over the course of medical school, which are some of the most difficult schools and classes that are available in all of education.

The problem? These tests are mainly focused on theory and not the practical application that is so important to the work of surgeons. So then, how do you go about testing the steady hands of new surgeons? Well, a hospital in Western Japan has come up with a new range of tests that most of us could never hope to achieve.


Using only their surgical tools, these new recruits are asked to perform tasks such as folding tiny paper cranes and assembling almost microscopic rolls of sushi. To make this even more difficult, these tests are given a strict time limit of only a few minutes. What this means is that a task that most of us would struggle with at full scale needs to be performed quickly and with the limited tools of scalpels and forceps. I don’t know about you guys, but as someone who can’t even construct a full-sized paper crane, this gives me a whole new respect for the talent and developed skills of surgeons.


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