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Surgical Skills - SURG5031

Year - 2020

This unit focuses on providing a foundation in the surgical skills required by doctors who are applying for surgical training positions and introduces many of the core competencies essential to surgeons during their training and career. On completion of this unit you will be familiar with current standards of treatment for surgical patients with regards to hospital care and technical skills. You will also gain experience in the practical application of the concepts of ethics, scholarship, professionalism, teaching, management and leadership that is expected of junior doctors who plan to pursue a surgical career.

Online with a compulsory 2-day workshop at the Sydney Clinical Skills and Stimulation Centre at Royal North Shore Hospital.

Ethics case discussions (10%), ethics written assignment (20%), case discussions (20%), workshop assessment (5%), communication essay (10%), short answer questions (15%), skills demonstration video (10%), online quizzes (10%)

Readings include papers from the scientific literature and selected textbook chapters.

Additional information
Places in this unit are limited, please contact Jayne Seward in the Discipline of Surgery office to be placed on the waitlist at

Assumed knowledge
Final year medical student knowledge of physiology, pathology and anatomy is assumed


Faculty: Medicine and Health

Semester 1

24 Feb 2020

Department/School: Surgery
Study Mode: Distance education/intensive on campus
Census Date: 31 Mar 2020
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Dr Anthony Glover
HECS Band: 3
Courses that offer this unit

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