Surgeons are expected to be effective leaders and have a detailed understanding of the attributes of professionalism in their discipline. In the modern health care setting being an effective leader and adhering to high standards of ethics and professionalism can be challenging, involving responsibilities to our patients, peers, institutions, community and society. Many recent challenges to surgical practice are related to the quality and style of leadership and professional skills and attitudes. In this capstone unit we will examine in detail the knowledge and skills required to be an effective leader. The unit will feature leading members of the Australian surgical and medical community and examine how we can identify and respond to challenges in surgical practice. Leadership will be examined across a range of scenarios from every-day clinical practice to international health advocacy campaigns. Changes in surgical practice stemming from quality improvement and new technology as well as relationships with industry will be explored to provide a framework for effective leadership and professionalism. This unit will equip surgeons at any stage of training with approaches to evaluate and improve the practice of surgery in Australia.
online learning and discussion forums; online group case presentation; 1 day face to face workshop (compulsory)
Workshop group case presentation (25%) discussion boards (15%) written assesment (60%)
Readings include papers from the scientific literature and selected textbook chapters for each module.
CEPI5100 or SURG5035 or PUBH5018 plus 18 credit points of surgery selective units of study