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SURG5003: Scientific Communication for Surgeons

This unit is designed to promote academic surgery pari passu with the objectives of the Section of Academic Surgery (SAS) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). Candidates will develop the skills and art of delivering powerful professional presentations. They will learn how to craft a suitable abstract for a scientific paper or conference using their research findings in a format acceptable for adjudication as an oral presentation at a meeting of a Surgical Research Society or the Annual Scientific Congress of the RACS and its subspecialties. This includes critical steps to successful abstract preparation, visual presentation, content, structure, coherent design and delivery. Key topics include the formation of an effective argument and focus point, style of delivery, avoiding critical errors, including analysing, understanding and handling the audience. On completion, candidates will be confident and have the core skills to present findings of their research effectively in a way that is engaging, persuasive and will maximise impact.

Code SURG5003
Academic unit Surgery
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand the planning process involved in developing a presentation
  • LO2. explain the principles and logical structure of an effective scientific presentation
  • LO3. identify techniques and demonstrate knowledge of producing focused content
  • LO4. examine, develop and demonstrate methods of avoiding critical errors
  • LO5. identify, select and apply practical methods for interpreting and presenting results
  • LO6. understand and demonstrate style of delivery to create impact for professional presentations
  • LO7. understand how to engage the audience and examine methods to deal with difficulties
  • LO8. examine and understand the planning process of chairing and panel discussions
  • LO9. understand the planning process and identify techniques to prepare and deliver a poster presentation.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.