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Basic Sciences and Benign Breast Disease - SURG5037

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

Additional information
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.

Assumed knowledge
Applicants must have completed basic surgical training.


Faculty: Medicine and Health

Semester 1

25 Feb 2019

Department/School: Surgery
Study Mode: Online
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? Yes
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Dr Jocelyn Lippey, Prof Andrew Spillane
HECS Band: 3
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