The best way is hands-on practice with real patients. If you are a student, spend time in the ED and volunteer to suture. Watch as many repairs as you can and ask questions. If able to do them yourself-go for it. Depending on where you work, having someone to do sutures is a huge help, it allows the other physicians to see other patients. If you are a non-emergency medicine resident, you will be spending time in the ED on rotations. Jump on every laceration you can. Your EM resident colleagues will be doing plenty as well, but let them know you want to repair lacerations. EM residents-just wait-you will be doing more than your fair share of laceration repairs. This course will help you from a knowledge standpoint more than anything.
Working in an urgent care is a great place to get experience. If you are not able to work full time, see if you can get some part time work at an urgent care, the experience will come. For everyone-I highly recommend that you get an at-home suturing practice kit. There are many of these available. I have partnered with YOURSCI, manufacturer of these kits-you get one for free when you purchase the course. This is a durable product that has many pre-made “lacerations” that you can practice on. Biggest thing is getting comfortable holding the instruments, suture needle, and tying basic instrument tie knots. Focus on mastering the instrument tie and basic interrupted suture. Progress from there.
Watch YouTube videos, go to an in-person workshop in your area. I hope to be offering these in the near future-if you can get a group together, let me know and I would be happy to help organize a workshop for you.