Back to All Events

Clinical Procedures Course

June 3-6, 2019

Seattle Science Foundation
550 17th Avenue, James Tower, Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98122

In many settings, healthcare professionals are called upon to perform specialized medical procedures. These invasive techniques are essential for patient care but must be executed properly to avoid complications and minimize patient morbidity.  However, while learning such procedures, health-related professionals are often placed in stressful environments to learn the complex and multiple steps involved in these clinical procedures. Therefore, effectively learning these can be a challenge for any learner.

The specialized and unique four-day Seattle Science Foundation Clinical Procedures course introduces and teaches students the most commonly performed therapeutic and diagnostic procedures in a non-threatening and relaxed environment, in a state-of-the-art bio-skills laboratory designed to mimic an actual operating theater and using fresh human cadaveric tissues. Lectures are designed to emphasize the relevant anatomy and technique for each of the procedures and are followed by a hands-on laboratory to practice the maneuvers under the supervision of practicing clinical anatomists, physicians, and surgeons. The course focuses on 20 procedures that medical practitioners might encounter in daily clinical or emergency settings. 

Honored Guest

Hyun Bae, M.D.

Professor of Surgery, Cedars Sinai Medical Center
Director of Education, Cedars Sinai Spine Center
Medical Director, Spine Institute, Center for Spinal Restoration


Dr. Bae is a renowned expert on minimally invasive surgery, artificial disc replacement, motion preservation technology, carpal tunnel syndrome, cervical spine myelopathy, and non-fusion technologies, and his interests also focus on failed back surgery syndrome, spinal stenosis, and spondylitis. He is a prominent researcher in using stem cell therapy for degenerative disc disease and in treating spinal cord injuries using growth factors. His work has been extensively featured in leading journals, and he has presented at numerous national and international conferences.

Dr. Bae has been a trailblazer in using state-of-the-art medical devices and innovative techniques for minimally invasive spine surgery and dynamic stabilization: he led the way in using growth factor tissue engineering for intervertebral discs, and he is a pioneer in multi-level artificial disc replacement for cervical and lumbar spine. A special passion of Dr. Bae’s is intervertebral disc repair and developing a biologic solution to disc degeneration.

Dr. Bae received his bachelor’s degree in biomechanics from the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. After graduating cum laude from Yale University School of Medicine, he completed his surgical internship at North Shore University Hospital, his orthopaedic surgical residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, and his spine fellowship at Case Western Hospital in Cleveland.

Dr. Bae is a professor of surgery and director of spine education at Cedars-Sinai Spine Center. He is the author of many articles founded on his research, and he has been a frequent presenter representing the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. His current research centers on using adult stem cells to regenerate nerve tissue in patients with injuries to the spinal cord.

Vascular Access

  • Central Venous Catheterization

  • Venous Cutdown

Spine and Extremities

  • Lumbar Puncture

  • Shoulder Joint Aspiration

  • Knee Joint Aspiration

  • Digital Nerve Block

  • Fasciotomy

Head and Neck

  • Occipital Nerve Block

  • Burr Hole Craniotomy

  • Endotracheal Intubation

  • Tracheostomy

  • Tracheotomy

  • Dental Nerve Block


  • Suturing techniques

Thorax and Abdominopelvic Cavities

  • Intercostal Nerve Block

  • Thoracostomy

  • Thoracentesis

  • Pericardiocentesis

  • Urinary Bladder Catheterization

  • Extended Focus Assessment with Sonography for Trauma


Fee: $1,700
Deadline: May 20th
Max: 60 Students

Registration fee includes lab manual, lab supplies, all supplemental materials, snacks, and breakfast. The fee does not include air travel, hotel, ground transportation, or lunch.  To confirm your spot, please register below. For questions, please call +1 (206) 732-6500 or email

powered by Typeform

Accommodation & Information

To view a list of recommended accommodations, click here.

Airbnb & VRBO are other great resources. You could share a large home with your other cohorts who are attending the course. Seattle Science Foundation is in the Central District with a 98122 zip code.

We recommend booking as early as possible as options will become limited. Summer is Seattle’s peak traveling season.


If you would like to wear scrubs, please bring your own.  We will not provide scrubs.  We will provide all other personal protective equipment including yellow isolation gowns that you can wear over your clothes if you do not have scrubs.

The course kicks off at 9am Monday through Thursday.   Breakfast will be served each day from 8:30-9am. Please do not arrive earlier than 8:30am as we have conferences prior to your course.  

You will have one hour each day for lunch on your own.  There are numerous nearby restaurants as well as the hospital cafeteria on the first floor.  You are also welcome to bring your own lunch.  We can store in the refrigerator for you, if needed. 

We will provide light snacks throughout the day.  Please bring a reusable water bottle if you would like to reduce waste.

Hear What Past Attendees Had to Say

We asked last year’s attendees to tell us what their favorite part of the procedures course was? Here is what they had to say.

Everything!! This course was amazing even for someone who just finished 1st term like myself

The lab section of the course. I enjoyed being able to perform the procedures we discusses. I did also enjoy the mini lectures when the importance of application was explained.

My favorite part was having all the doctors and research assistants right there, willing and ready to answer all questions. Also the hands on experience really made understanding the lecture portion much easier.

Learning how to perform the burr hole craniotomies, learning from renowned physicians, and getting to have ample time practicing suture techniques.

The exploratory laparotomy, sutures, ET intubation, and Central Lines insertion. It’s hard to name just one. The staff was amazing and seemed genuinely happy for us to learn. Their enthusiasm was contagious.

My favorite part of the program was everything from the mini lectures in the beginning, to the review sessions of the day prior, to the demonstrations in the lab prior to performing the procedure, to having physicians who are willing to come around to assist and address questions. This was wonderful!

Getting hands on practice for all of the procedures before clinics years. 

We had enough time to go over each procedure. It wasn't hectic and was actually really helpful. We got different advice from a diverse set of physicians. We went through a lot of procedures in a well organized manner. It really was the best course selective I've taken in a while !!

Favorite part was working with different physicians and faculty from different part of the world and from different specialities. Each faculty offer different view points and advice to further advance my practice of medicine.

Learning the procedures in a stress free environment really helped. I also appreciated that the doctors teaching us where very friendly and willing to share their knowledge with us without being pretentiousness.

My favorite part was that a lot of the procedures felt like they were very relevant and that in an emergency I would at least have an idea of what to do and could possibly help someone

My favorite part was actually just going into the lab to practice performing each procedure. Top procedure being the burr hole for me.

Having fresh cadavers to get a sense of what the procedures are like on real patients.

Placing chest tubes and also intubations were my favorite part.

The amount of hands-on practice we were able to have on the fresh cadavers.

Learning procedures that will be applicable in clinical practice.

Getting super hands on with every procedure and being able to perform each one on my own. 

It was great learning all of the procedures. As a term 2 student it was great to see the GI tract to visualize the areas I will be learning about.

I learned how to perfect a subcuticular stitch and feel extremely comfortable doing a urinary bladder cauterization. 

Being able to perform each procedure from beginning to end by myself. 

I enjoyed the lecture first and then tangibly working in the lab immediately after.

I absolutely loved the vast variety of procedures that were offered and the constant support from the faculty. 

Overall the class was great. Intubation was probably my favorite and catheterization because I feel like those are both very common but impossible to properly practice without a cadaver or patient.

Having Physicians from all over the world teaching the procedures. They were so willing to help and make sure we did the procedure correctly.

Getting to know the phenomenal team of doctors and learning from them. 

Everything. There are too many to choose. I love the fact that we get to practice these procedures.

Working so closely with faculty who were genuinely compassionate and caring, asked all our questions and were very patient and understanding with us. Thank you so much.

Earlier Event: May 23
Neurology Grand Rounds 2019
Later Event: June 5
Spine Case Conference Series 2019