Head and Neck by Dissection (SURG5027)


This is a face to face teaching course. Candidates dissect in supervised groups of 6, according to a strict daily dissection schedule, utilising team based learning (TBL) methods. This is a proven technique for teaching clinical topographical anatomy to surgical trainees. Throughout this course there is a strong emphasis on applied clinical and surgical anatomy. Supervision is by surgeons. All candidates are given allotted tasks to prepare for presentation to the class prior to dissection. Self directed study is required before each of the sessions of approximately 10 hours per session as a minimum. The student is expected to have read and learnt the appropriate texts, identified the main structures in Rohen's Color Atlas, and completed the MCQs and SPOT tests before coming to class where they will be marked and discussed .There are ongoing SCORPIOs carried out during the dissection. At the end of each module there is a summative examination. The areas covered by the dissection include skull, cranial nerves, face, special senses, gross neuroanatomy, superficial neck, salivary glands, infratemporal fossa, pterygopalatine fossa, deep neck, suboccipital triangle, mouth, pharynx, larynx, thyroid, parathyroids, root of neck, vertebral canal and spinal cord.

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Regular viva voce on wet specimens, MCQs, Spot tests. There is a compulsory test at the end of each module similar to that used in the GSSE. Attendance is compulsory without a signed medical certificate within 5 days. You must attend 90% of the course. 30% for attendance, 40% for dissection, and 30% for final spot tests.


Lasts Anatomy 9th Edition. Editor McMinn. Churchill Livingstone Publisher; 'Color Atlas of Anatomy', Rohen, Yokochi, Lutjen, Drecoll; Grant's Dissector, Alan J Detton, 16th Edition.

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Unit of study rules

Assumed knowledge

This is an advanced course and it is recommended for advanced trainees who are preparing for the GSSE or for a SET program. It is also available if you have completed other Anatomy courses/training.

Additional Information

Minimum of 12, maximum of 18 students.

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

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.