Scientific Communication for Surgeons (SURG5003)


The objective of this unit is to provide surgical candidates with the skills and art of delivering powerful professional presentations at scientific meetings. Knowing how much detail to include or exclude requires judgement. Candidates will learn the critical steps to success from abstract preparation, visual presentation, content, structure, coherent design and delivery. Key topics covered include the formation of an effective argument and focus point, composition and style of delivery, avoiding critical errors, as well analyzing, understanding and handling the audience. By the end of the semester candidates will be confident and have the core skills to present their own surgical research effectively in a way that is engaging, persuasive and will maximise impact. This unit of study will assist candidates undertaking dissertation A and B to effectively summarise and present their research projects in an efficient format for peer review within the Master of Surgery program.

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This unit is delivered online and with weekly lectures and discussions


Compulsory participation in 6 online modules (30%), submission of a presentation worth 70%


Notes will be linked to online teaching material.

Faculty/department permission required?


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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.