Surgical Skills (SURG5031)


Two set of competencies that are essential for a career in surgery will be taught ¿ firstly, the non clinical competencies of leadership, communication, collaboration, health advocacy, scholar and teacher plus the essentials of ethics and health law, and secondly the essential technical skills involved with open and endoscopic/laparoscopic surgery.

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3 full consecutive days, limit 16 students per semester: Introductory presentations for each topic, including step by step demonstrations of practical skills; Small group workstations to focus on basic skills and techniques; Hands-on practice with review sessions to consolidate skills; Continuous formative feedback and close work with faculty.


2 x online exam for non clinical comps, 1x2 hr lab based assessment for technical skills. Submission of 1x ¿ hr edited and annotated skills trainng video.


The Australian Medico-Legal Handbook Stewart, Kerride and parker. Safety at the Sharp End Flin, O¿Connor and Crichton. Tissue Approximation in Endoscopic Surgery Cuschieri and Szabo.
The SAGES Manual Fundamentals of Laparoscopy, Thoracoscopy and GI Endoscopy CEH Scott-Conner.

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Waitlist: Due to the limitation of students, please contact the Discipline of Surgery office to be waitlisted for this course.

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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.