Surgery pre-2020 enrolment

Graduate Certificate in Surgery (Breast Surgery)

The following information applies to students who enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Surgery (Breast Surgery) prior to 2020.

Students enrolled prior to 2020 will be able to complete the course in its original structure or may elect to transfer to the Advanced Surgery (Breast Surgery) program provided they meet the admission requirements.

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Surgery (Breast Surgery) pre-2020 enrolment

For continuing students only

Graduate Certificate in Surgery (Breast Surgery)

The Graduate Certificate in Surgery is available in the following streams:
(a) Breast surgery
Students must complete 24 credit points, including:
(a) 24 credit points of core units of study.

Stream units of study

Any of these units of study can be credited if continuing on to the Master of Surgery (Breast Surgery).
SURG5037
Basic Sciences and Benign Breast Disease
6    A This unit is designed as the first part of a curriculum for contemporary breast surgery for Post Fellowship Ttrainees and assumes practical skills training is obtained on the BreastSurgANZ PFT Program (or equivalent). Applicants must have completed general or plastic surgical training and have a strong interest in breast surgery.


Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
Semester 1
SURG5039
Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Level 1
6    A This unit is designed as the second part of a curriculum for contemporary breast surgery for Post Fellowship Trainees and assumes practical skills training is obtained on the BreastSurgANZ PFT Program (or equivalent). Applicants must have completed general or plastic surgical training and have a strong interest
P SURG5037 and SURG5038


Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
Semester 1
SURG5038
Malignant Breast Disease and MDTs
6    A This unit is designed as the first part of a curriculum for contemporary breast surgery for Post Fellowship Ttrainees and assumes practical skills training is obtained on the BreastSurgANZ PFT Program (or equivalent). Applicants must have completed general or plastic surgical training and have a strong interest in breast surgery.
P SURG5037


Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
Semester 2
SURG5040
Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Level 2
6    A This unit is designed as the forth and final part of a curriculum for contemporary breast surgery for Post Fellowship Trainees and assumes practical skills training is obtained on the BreastSurgANZ PFT Program (or equivalent). Applicants must have completed general or plastic surgical training and have a strong interest in breast surgery.
P SURG5037 and SURG5038 and SURG5039


Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
Semester 2

Surgery (Breast Surgery) pre-2020 enrolment

For continuing students only

Graduate Certificate in Surgery (Breast Surgery)

The Graduate Certificate in Surgery is available in the following streams:
(a) Breast surgery
Students must complete 24 credit points, including:
(a) 24 credit points of core units of study.

Stream units of study

Any of these units of study can be credited if continuing on to the Master of Surgery (Breast Surgery).
SURG5037 Basic Sciences and Benign Breast Disease

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Jocelyn Lippey and Dr Susannah Graham Session: Semester 1 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assumed knowledge: This unit is designed as the first part of a curriculum for contemporary breast surgery for Post Fellowship Ttrainees and assumes practical skills training is obtained on the BreastSurgANZ PFT Program (or equivalent). Applicants must have completed general or plastic surgical training and have a strong interest in breast surgery. Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Online
Note: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
Breast surgery requires comprehensive knowledge of the basic sciences of the breast and also the various elements of benign breast diseases. This unit of study aims to prepare candidates for a career in breast surgery. The unit focuses on:
1. the anatomy of the breast, axilla and donor sites for reconstruction flaps
2. anatomical variations and physiological changes in the breast and axilla
3. benign breast diseases including mastitis, mastalgia, nipple discharge and aberrations of normal development and involution (ANDI)
4. current radiological modalities in breast disease imaging and risk assessment for patients
5. genetic and non-genetic risk assessment for patients
6. the importance of oestrogen and HER 2 receptors in breast cancer.
Textbooks
Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
SURG5039 Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Level 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Ben Green and Dr David Messer Session: Semester 1 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: SURG5037 and SURG5038 Assumed knowledge: This unit is designed as the second part of a curriculum for contemporary breast surgery for Post Fellowship Trainees and assumes practical skills training is obtained on the BreastSurgANZ PFT Program (or equivalent). Applicants must have completed general or plastic surgical training and have a strong interest Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Online
Note: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
Breast surgery requires a thorough knowledge of the science and management of malignant breast disease and this unit of study is aimed at post-fellowship training (PFT) candidates committed to a career in breast surgery. You will focus on principles of oncoplastic breast surgery techniques used to extend the role of breast conservation and improve the aesthetics of breast conservation surgery. Techniques of volume displacement, mammoplasty, volume replacement, symmetry procedures and good mastectomy technique are covered. You will develop your clinical judgement regarding the use of different techniques and how they are integrated with the multidisciplinary management of breast cancer.
Textbooks
Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
SURG5038 Malignant Breast Disease and MDTs

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Andrew Spillane Session: Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: SURG5037 Assumed knowledge: This unit is designed as the first part of a curriculum for contemporary breast surgery for Post Fellowship Ttrainees and assumes practical skills training is obtained on the BreastSurgANZ PFT Program (or equivalent). Applicants must have completed general or plastic surgical training and have a strong interest in breast surgery. Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Online
Note: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
Breast surgery requires a thorough knowledge of the science and management of malignant breast disease and this unit of study aims to prepare the post fellowship candidate for a career in breast surgery. The content focuses on the pathology and recent advances in the understanding of the pathogenesis of malignant breast disease. You will gain an indepth understanding of available prognostic assessment tools, multidisciplinary care of breast cancer patients ( including adjuvant and neoadjuvant chemotherapy, radiotherapy, endocrine therapy and the integral role of the breast care nurse and other allied health staff) and survivorship issues. Specific surgical decision algorithms and surgical options for malignant and insitu disease will be thoroughly explored and explained.
Textbooks
Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
SURG5040 Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Level 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Samriti Sood and Dr Joel Symonds Session: Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: SURG5037 and SURG5038 and SURG5039 Assumed knowledge: This unit is designed as the forth and final part of a curriculum for contemporary breast surgery for Post Fellowship Trainees and assumes practical skills training is obtained on the BreastSurgANZ PFT Program (or equivalent). Applicants must have completed general or plastic surgical training and have a strong interest in breast surgery. Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Online
Note: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
This unit of study concludes the specialist breast surgery curriculum. The focus is on breast reconstruction after mastectomy. It includes the full range of breast reconstruction techniques - implant based reconstruction, latissimus dorsi reconstruction and free flap tissue options ¿ as well as lipofilling and nipple reconstruction techniques. Students will participate in multi-surgeon meeting case discussions with complex decision-making and management of complications.
Textbooks
Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units