An International Mohel Surgical Training Course is now being offered by Dr. Neil Pollock, MD of Vancouver Canada. The course will focus on the surgical aspects of Brit Milah including anatomy, surgical technique, minimizing complications, treating complications, pre and post-operative care routines.
Dr. Neil Pollock is a practicing physician and Mohel in Vancouver. He is founder and director of the Pollock Clinics in Vancouver. He performs approximately 2500 circumcisions per year and has done close to 30,000 to date. He often appears as a medical expert on numerous radio talk shows and nationally televised programs. His pioneering efforts to establish a safe, quick and virtually painless method of circumcision have also been highlighted in medical journals.
The course is unique in that it offers an in depth look at the surgical aspects of Brit Milah in a very intensive and organized manner. To our knowledge, there is no other comparable surgical training course offered anywhere else in the world today. To begin, each applicant will be guided through a detailed information booklet. Next, they will progress to operating on constructed models while being provided with detailed feedback as they improve their technique. Then, the applicant will assist in, or perform with guidance, circumcisions on live patients. There will be approximately 25 circumcisions to perform each day.
The duration of the course will depend on the dexterity, knowledge and prior training of the applicant. Typically an MD will spend 3 days with Dr. Pollock. Most return for a second 2 day consultation, a few weeks to months later. The pace of the course will progress at a rate that is comfortable for the trainee. Dr. Pollock emphasizes that each trainee must work towards acquiring knowledge and skills to be able to perform a safe and painless surgery that is of the highest aesthetic standard. Dr. Pollock uses the Mogen clamp technique with a 4 step pain control protocol which includes Tempra or Tylenol, sugar solution, topical anesthetic cream and a local anesthetic injection. This combined approach allows for a virtually bloodless, painless 30 second procedure.