Surgical Training
with Dr. Pollock

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The Course

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 all aspects a doctor must master to become a proficient mohel.

Dr. Pollock’s ground-breaking circumcision course covers:

  • anatomy
  • surgical technique
  • minimizing complications
  • treating complications
  • pre and post-operative care routines

The course is taught in a one-on-one, hands-on, live patient training format. You will participate in procedures and eventually perform many dozens under supervision as part of the training experience.

About Doctor Pollock

Dr. Neil Pollock is a practicing physician and Mohel. He is the founder and director of the Pollock Clinics in Vancouver.

Dr. Pollock limits his practice to a few surgical procedures. Circumcision is one of these procedures. (No-Scalpel No-Needle Vasectomy is another). For these two procedures, Dr. Pollock is one of the busiest and most well-known physicians in North America.

Years ago, before beginning to perform these procedures, Dr. Pollock traveled to many cities in North America researching firsthand what he believed to be all the best techniques used by the most experienced doctors. After carefully studying their most effective strategies, Dr. Pollock put together his own approach to these surgeries, combining the most effective elements of what he learned.

As of 2019, Dr. Pollock has performed over 35,000 circumcisions. Currently he performs approximately 2000 annually at his two private clinics. Dr. Pollock is a frequent guest lecturer at local hospitals and conferences. His research into developing a reliable, quick and virtually pain free approach to circumcision has been published internationally.

Dr. Pollock is active in developing the Gentle Procedures Clinic network of circumcision clinics serving the broader public in four countries. Gentle Procedures offers doctors the opportunity to train in Pollock Technique™ circumcision along with business development and marketing support for their own clinic.

He often appears as a medical expert on radio and television. His pioneering efforts to establish a quick and virtually painless method of circumcision have also been highlighted in medical journals.

“I have know Dr. Neil Pollock for a number of years.

He is one of the leading physicians who have mastered the technique of performing newborn circumcision safely, quickly and painlessly, and he heas performed the procedure thousands of times.

I know of no one who is more qualified than Dr. pollock to teach the technique of newborn circumcision […]”

– Edgar J. Schien, M.D.

Circumcision Surgical Training

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.

The course given one-on-one by Dr. Pollock will focus on the surgical methods and skills key to consistent positive outcomes. Topics will include anatomy, surgical technique, minimizing complications, treating complications, pre and post-operative care routines.

Training Overview

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.

Training Objective

The duration of the course will depend on the dexterity, knowledge and prior training of the applicant.

Typically, an MD will spend 5 to 10 days with Dr. Pollock, depending on prior experience. The pace of the course will progress at a rate that is comfortable for the trainee.

High Standards

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.

Next Steps

Please get in touch to discuss potential next steps toward circumcision training and becoming a Mohel.