Physiology and Pharmacology for Surgeons (SURG5032)


This unit of study covers most of the basic and advanced physiology, pharmacology and some pathophysiology that training surgeons need to have at their fingertips. With a focus on the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal and urinary systems, the systems and concepts studied confer a deep understanding of those at play during surgery. It provides students with a solid basis for the preparation of the GSSE exam of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons.

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Online lectures will provide the overview and detailed study of topics to supplement Ganong and other resources. Webinars with topic experts will provide opportunity for interaction


Online module quizzes 30%, participation in online activities 20%, final examination 50%


Ganong's Review of Medical Physiology, 24th Edition. Lange basic Sciences

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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.