Breast surgery requires comprehensive knowledge of the basic sciences of the breast and also the various elements of benign breast diseases. This unit of study aims to prepare candidates for a career in breast surgery. The unit focuses on: 1. The anatomy of the breast, axilla and donor sites for reconstruction flaps; 2. Anatomical variations and physiological changes in the breast and axilla; 3. Benign breast diseases including mastitis, mastalgia, nipple discharge and aberrations of normal development and involution (ANDI); 4. Current radiological modalities in breast disease imaging and risk assessment for patients; and 5. Genetic and non-genetic risk assessment for patients. 6. Importance of oestrogen and HER 2 receptors in breast cancer.
Weekly online lectures, discussion boards and webinars.
Online quizzes (10%); 2 x short essays (20%); clinical case discussions (20%); 1 x online examination (50%)
ABC of Breast Diseases: 3rd Edition : Michael Dixon
This unit is designed as the first part of a curriculum for contemporary breast surgery for PFT and assumes practical skills training is obtained on the BreastSurgANZ PFT Program (or equivalent). Students completing all 4 breast surgery units must complete them in sequence ie SURG5037, SURG5038, SURG5039, SURG5040.
Applicants must have completed basic surgical training.