Surg Skills and Pract Professionalism (SURG5031)


This unit has been designed to teach surgical trainees the surgical skills and techniques to allow the safe completion of key operative procedures. The unit is designed around key open and endoscopic procedures and techniques that junior trainees will face early in their careers, including
¿ Laparotomy ¿ entry and abdominal wall closure
¿ Bowel resection & anastomosis
¿ Vascular repair
¿ Principles of safe laparoscopy & port insertion
¿ Laparoscopic cholecystectomy & appendicectomy

As well as focusing on the technical aspects of operative surgery, due attention will be given to the theoretical, medicolegal and ethical aspects of surgical practice.

Further unit of study information


4 full consecutive days, limit 15 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.


In-course lab based continuous assessment of practical skills (40%), end-of-course examination (30%), satisfactory attendance (30%).


Basic Surgical Techniques, 6e. RM Kirk
Basic Surgical Skills & Techniques. David Stoker.
The SAGES Manual Fundamentals of Laparoscopy, Thoracoscopy and GI Endoscopy CEH Scott-Conner.

Faculty/department permission required?


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.