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Surgical Skills - SURG5031

Two sets of competencies that are essential for a career in surgery will be taught: firstly, the non-clinical competencies of communication, collaboration, health advocacy, scholar and teacher plus the essentials of health law, and an introduction to key ethical concepts and methods of ethical analysis relevant to surgical practice and research.; and secondly, the essential technical skills involved with open and endoscopic/ laparoscopic surgery.

Classes: 2.5 days of technical and non-technical competencies (compulsory attendance), online discussion forums Practical Work: Day 1 Basic surgical skills: (1) Instrument and hand knot tying (2) Excision of skin lesions (pig skin) and suturing (3) Safe handling of sharps and diathermy (4) Tissue handling and dissection (kidney blocks) (5) Patient positioning on the operating table. Day 2 Non-technical skills: This workshop will be run in conjunction with the Pam McLean Centre for Communication at the Kolling Institute. It will focus on how to obtain appropriate consent, breaking bad news, the ethics of surgical practice, and identifying and managing bullying/harassment. Day 3 Basic laparoscopic and anastomotic skills: Hands-on basic laparoscopic and anastomotic skills (vascular and bowel) using synthetic and tissue models.

ethics case discussion (10%), ethics written assignment (20%), workshop assessment (20%), workshop reflection essay (10%), short answer quizzes (30%), skills demonstration video (10%)

The Australian Medico-Legal Handbook Stewart, Kerridge 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.

Additional information
Places in this unit are strictly limited, please contact Jayne Seward in the Discipline of Surgery office to be placed on the waitlist at

Assumed knowledge
Waitlist: 16 places, strictly limited, please contact Jayne Seward in the Discipline of Surgery office to be waitlisted for this course.


Faculty: Medicine and Health

Semester 2

05 Aug 2019

Department/School: Surgery
Study Mode: Distance education/intensive on campus
Census Date: 31 Aug 2019
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? Yes
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Professor Tom Hugh
HECS Band: 3
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