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SURG5036: Surg Research: Translation and Innovation

The objective of this unit is to introduce candidates to the basic concepts of innovation. Participants will be able to identify and evaluate surgical innovation as well as focus on the methodological and practical challenges to rigorous surgical research. Candidates will develop the skills to design and complete level one evidence based research in surgery with a key focus on randomised and non-randomised controlled trials. The course will evaluate the complexity of surgical innovation and how to identify related factors influencing outcome. Candidates should be able to identify challenges facing the surgical research community when performing an evaluation of a therapeutic, procedure-based intervention. How to pinpoint the issues and deconstruct these into constituent methodological parts such that several important areas will be targeted for developing a systematic process that would guide appropriate, evidence based surgical practice. Ethical aspects in research and innovation will be addressed and the process of translational research will be reviewed. Other broad topics will focus on surgical oncology and survival analysis, evaluating performance when measuring the value of surgical research and the key concepts in diagnostic tests and accuracy in surgery.

Code SURG5036
Academic unit Surgery
Credit points 6

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

  • LO1. Understand the fundamental concepts and stages of surgical innovation
  • LO2. Explain the barriers, impact and timeline to success
  • LO3. Examine trial concepts and the various study designs for surgical based treatments
  • LO4. Examine key criteria prior to commencing, identify outcome measures and examine funding, costs and the surgical learning curve
  • LO5. Examine the ethical concepts and issues encountered in surgical innovation
  • LO6. Understand the innovation cycle, the process of evaluation and how to identify challenges
  • LO7. Explain and understand the principles of knowledge transfer in surgery
  • LO8. Examine and understand the process of intellectual property, prototyping, technology transfer and cost effectiveness
  • LO9. Understand the key process of diagnostic tests, accuracy and diagnostic endpoints in surgery
  • LO10. Develop skills in understanding the various aspects of surgical oncology and survival analysis methods in surgery
  • LO11. Learn how to critically appraise surgical trial quality and the published literature

Unit outlines

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