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Thorax, Back, Spinal Cord by Dissection - SURG5028

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 before coming to class. There are ongoing SCORPIOs carried out during the dissection. At the end of each module there is a summative examination. The dissection covers all aspects of the thorax, including body wall, thoracic wall, diaphragm, thoracic cavity, superior, anterior, middle and posterior mediastinum, pleura, lungs, heart, oesophagus, and osteology of thorax.

Please refer to Surgery timetable for dates

Regular viva voce on wet specimens, MCQs, Spot tests There is a final exam at the end of the 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.

Additional information
Minimum of 12, maximum of 18 students.

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.


Faculty: Medicine and Health

Semester 1

25 Feb 2019

Department/School: Surgery
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Mar 2019
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Adjunct Professor Lindsay Wing, Adjunct Associate Professor Allan Meares, Clinical Professor Pierre Chapuis
HECS Band: 3
Courses that offer this unit

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