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SURG5037: Basic Sciences and Benign Breast Disease

2024 unit information

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.

Unit details and rules

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Code SURG5037
Academic unit Surgery
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
This unit is designed as the first 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

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

  • LO1. demonstrate the basics of anatomy and physiology of the breast and the impact of the female reproductive hormonal cycle on the breast
  • LO2. appraise the complexity of surgical and multidisciplinary management of benign breast disease and patients at high risk for breast cancer
  • LO3. assess the strengths and weaknesses of breast imaging - its strengths and weaknesses
  • LO4. critically evaluate the literature on sentinel node biopsy and breast localisation techniques
  • LO5. explain the genetic, hormonal and environmental factors influencing breast cancer risk
  • LO6. explain the role of Oestrogen, Progesterone and Her2 receptors in breast cancer phenotyping and treatment

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2022
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2023
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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