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Master of Advanced Surgery (Breast Surgery)

Study breast surgery at Sydney Medical School

Breast surgeon, Dr Samriti Sood speaks about how this flexible course will prepare you for a career in breast surgery and can be completed while working full time.

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Overview

The breast surgery program was launched in 2016 and continues to evolve to meet the needs of modern breast surgical practice. The course was developed and is delivered in collaboration with Breast Surgeons of Australia and New Zealand Inc (BreastSurgANZ). The coursework is designed to provide breast surgeons with the latest knowledge of breast oncology and breast surgical and oncoplastic techniques. It is suitable for Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in General Surgery or equivalent, who are training or have completed training, in breast surgery. It is taught by leading breast surgeons, and other clinicians including medical oncologists, radiologists and geneticists.

In this program, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of benign and malignant breast conditions. This includes screening, risk assessment and the genetics of breast diseases, and recent advances in the understanding of the pathogenesis, assessment and management of malignant breast disease. You will gain an understanding of the multidisciplinary care of breast cancer patients, including adjuvant and neoadjuvant chemotherapy, radiotherapy, endocrine therapy as well as the integral role of the breast care nurse and other allied health staff.

Specific surgical decision algorithms and surgical options for malignant and in situ disease will be explored and Level 1 and 2 oncoplastic breast surgical techniques will be thoroughly explored and explained.

How will you learn?

The breast surgery coursework and assessment is delivered fully online with lectures and podcasts, surgical videos and other educational resources supplemented by online discussion and webinars. 

Course outcomes

The breast surgery coursework will develop your clinical judgement in breast management and prepare you for the subtle complexities of contemporary multidisciplinary breast cancer care. The knowledge you develop will complement the practical experience gained during post-fellowship training offered by BreastSurgANZ, and will augment your research, leadership and communication skills.

Course information

Students complete the following units of study in sequence, one each semester:

  • Basic Sciences and Benign Disease
  • Malignant Breast Disease & MDTs
  • Oncoplastic Breast Surgery I
  • Oncoplastic Breast Surgery II.

In addition, students must complete 2 elective units of study from a selection including Genomics in Clinical Practice, Health Technology Evaluation, Trial Design and Methods, Drugs and Devices: R and D to Registration, Commercialising MedTech and Pharma, Leadership in Organisations.

Master’s students must also complete a 12 credit point supervised research project. 

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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What you'll study


The Master of Advanced Surgery requires the successful completion of 48 credit points of units of study including:

  • 12 credit points of capstone core units of study; and
  • 24 credit points of surgery selective units of study; and
  • 12 credit points of elective units of study.

Students must complete 12 credit points of capstone core units of study:

  • SURG5056 Advanced Surgery Project Part A    6CP    S1/S2
  • SURG5057 Advanced Surgery Project Part B    6CP    S1/S2

Students must complete the following 24 credit point (CP) units of study in sequence, one each semester:

  • Basic Sciences and Benign Disease    6CP    Semester 1
  • Malignant Breast Disease & MDTs    6CP    Semester 2
  • Oncoplastic Breast Surgery I    6CP    Semester 1
  • Oncoplastic Breast Surgery II    6CP    Semester 2

Elective units of study

Students must complete 12 credit points (CP) of surgery elective units of study.

Admission requirements

Admission to the Master of Advanced Surgery (Breast Surgery) requires a medical degree from the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification; and

  • a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons or equivalent; and
  • acceptance into or completion of post-fellowship breast surgery training program or equivalent; or
  • a minimum of 3 years’ experience in breast surgery.

Course opportunities

Postgraduate study in breast surgery is available at Sydney Medical School in the following courses:

  • Sydney Professional Certificate in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery
  • Graduate Certificate in Advanced Surgery (Breast Surgery)
  • Graduate Diploma in Advanced Surgery (Breast Surgery)
  • Master of Advanced Surgery (Breast Surgery)

Students can tailor the coursework to meet their needs. The program consists of a sequence of articulated courses: graduate certificate, graduate diploma and masters.

From 2020, breast surgeons who would like to enhance their skills to improve breast conservation and reconstruction will be able to complete the oncoplastic breast surgery units and receive the Sydney Professional Certificate in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery. Successfully completed units may subsequently be credited to any of the degrees.

Established breast surgeons may also choose to undertake a single unit and this can be negotiated on an individual basis. 

Learn more about professional development and short courses at Sydney Medical School.

Future study options

Outstanding graduates may be eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine) and Master of Philosophy (Medicine) offered by Sydney Medical School.

A research degree provides students with the opportunity to prepare a substantial piece of work which represents a significant contribution in a particular field of study and to gain transferable skills in general research methodology.

The school is affiliated with over 40 independent medical research institutes aimed at achieving medical firsts in specialist areas of health and medicine.

Sydney Medical School provides an outstanding environment for postgraduate research. Our research activities consistently attract high levels of funding from the federal and state governments, overseas funding agencies and other public and private sources.

Other study options  

Sydney Medical School offers a wide range of short professional development courses for health professionals through its clinical schools, disciplines and associated research institutes.

Many of the courses offered are pre-accredited for Continuing Medical Education (CME) points, and other courses may be awarded CME points on request to your relevant association or professional body.  A full list of short courses and more information is available here.

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Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

  • Sydney Professional Certificate in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery
  • Graduate Certificate in Advanced Surgery (Breast Surgery)
  • Graduate Diploma in Advanced Surgery (Breast Surgery)

Further enquiries

Course Directors

Professor Andrew Spillane
Phone: +61 2 9114 1221
Email: andrew.spillane@sydney.edu.au

Associate Professor Sanjay Warrier
Phone: +61 2 9114 1221
Email: sanjay.warrier@sydney.edu.au

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