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Medicine short courses

Medicine and surgery professional development and short courses
Develop further expertise in your chosen field of medicine or surgery, with our range of short courses and non-degree study options across a wide range of disciplines.

Our short courses

The University of Sydney School of Medicine is the largest provider of postgraduate vocational coursework for clinicians in Australasia. We offer a wide range of high quality professional development courses to help you stay up to date and develop and broaden your skills and knowledge. Professional colleges accredit some of our courses for training and CME purposes. 

Our teachers are experts in their field and the coursework is provided online using the latest user-friendly systems including access via mobile devices. Some courses have a face-to-face workshop and these are held in state of the art facilities on campus or in one of our teaching hospitals. 

The length and complexity of the courses vary from one-day seminars or workshops to a full unit of study that runs over a semester of 13 weeks duration (see Study Dates). 

There are two ways to complete a single unit of study without having to enrol in a full degree program:

  • Formal University enrolment via Medicine Postgraduate Non-Degree enrolment
  • Assessment and examination tasks must be completed
  • Credit may be granted towards relevant University of Sydney degree
  • Results appear on academic transcript
  • Fee charged at pro-rata rate of relevant full-time degree fee
  • Direct registration via Sydney Medical School
  • Some assessment tasks but no formal examinations
  • No credit towards a University of Sydney degree
  • Certificate of completion but does not appear on academic transcript
  • Short course fee (varies per individual unit)

Areas of study

Clinical Neurophysiology Techniques (CLNP5003)

This unit covers the most commonly used diagnostic techniques (other than EEG) and will particularly focus on nerve conduction studies and sensory evoked potential recordings.

Delivery: Online

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Advanced Electroencephalography (CLNP5004)

This unit covers advanced aspects of diagnostic electroencephalography.

Delivery: Online

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Neuromonitoring in Anaesthesia (CLNP5005)

This unit will examine the techniques available to monitor the function and wellbeing of the brain and nervous system during anaesthesia and surgery.

Delivery: Online

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Intraoperative Monitoring I (CLNP5006)

This unit will examine the methods used for monitoring the function and safety of cranial and peripheral motor nerves, the techniques used for risk reduction during spinal instrumentation and the use of motor evoked potential monitoring in both spinal and non-spinal surgery.

Delivery: Online and face-to-face

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Intraoperative Monitoring II (CLNP5007)

This unit focuses on intraoperative monitoring of the somatosensory and auditory systems for both neurological and non-neurological surgery.

Delivery: Online and face to face

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Short Course Critical Infection SCCI

Each year, researchers in critical infection hold a two day event that explores the latest updates in critical infection from a broad range of speakers. 2019 dates to be confirmed.

Delivery: Two-day conference

Pharmacology for Critical Care (CRIT5003)

This unit will address the syllabus requirements of the Primary or First Part examinations of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, College of Intensive Care Medicine and the Australian College of Emergency Medicine.

Delivery: Online

Learn more | Enrol as non-degree student


Physiology for Critical Care (CRIT5004)

This unit will address the Primary or First Part syllabus requirements of the Australian College of Anaesthetists, the College of Intensive Care Medicine and the Australian College of Emergency Medicine.

Delivery: Online

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Clinical Reasoning and Communication (CRIT5005)

This unit of study aims to help clinicians develop decision making and high level communication skills in order to effectively care for patients, engage carers and relatives and perform optimally as a team member or leader.

Delivery: Online

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Retrieval Medicine Operational Environment (CRIT5006)

This unit helps students gain an understanding of the theory that underpins operation environment of retrieval medicine including safety systems, clinical governance and human factors.

Delivery: Online and face-to-face

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Clinical Retrieval Medicine (CRIT5007)

This unit follows on from CRIT5006 and aims to equip and train prospective candidates in this exciting field of retrieval medicine.

Delivery: Online

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Point of Care Ultrasound (CRIT5010)

This unit of study will introduce students to ultrasound physics and knobology on ultrasound machines.

Delivery: Online

Learn more | Enrol as non-degree student

Our short courses in ethics and bioethics are offered through the Sydney School of Public Health. Learn more about short courses in public health.


Ethics and mental health

This course will provide participants with a broad perspective of issues in bioethics applied to mental health and mental illness.

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Ethics and public health

This course provides students with an overview of the ethical and political issues that underlie public health and public health research.

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Human and animal research ethics

This course introduces students to research ethics in its wider context. It explores the underpinnings of research endeavor in both humans and non-human animals.

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Multiple Mini Interview workshop

Hone the skills required for the Multiple Mini Interview workshop.

Delivery: Half day workshop at Concord Clinical School

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Not available for non-degree enrolment


Teaching in the Clinical Environment (MEDF5002)

This unit of study provides a practical introduction to the theory and practice of teaching and learning in the health environment.

Delivery: Online

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Essential Dermatology (DERM5001)

Essential Dermatology will cover most of the common skin diseases, providing a comprehensive review of: clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, impact on quality of life and management.

Delivery: Online lectures/tutorials and one compulsory one day workshop

Learn more | Enrol as non-degree student


Essential Imaging for Clinicians (IMAG5042)

This unit of study aims to provide students with a practical and clinically relevant overview of the uses of imaging in medicine

Delivery: Online

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Internal medicine

All units of study below can be taken online and cover the requirements of trainee physician practice:

Enrol as non-degree student


Advanced Diabetes Management (MBHT5002)

This unit of study provides students with an advanced level of understanding of the effective management of diabetes mellitus.

Delivery: Online 

Learn more | Enrol as non-degree student


Cardiovascular metabolic management (MBHT5004)

This unit will develop an enhanced understanding of how to effectively manage both cardiovascular risk to optimise health, and the cardiovascular complications that may occur in metabolic disease.

Delivery: Online 

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Foundations of Leadership and Policy in Mental Health

Brought to you by the Brain and Mind Centre, this five day intensive course will arm you with a strong knowledge of leadership and policy in mental health, with experienced facilitator Professor John Mendoza.

Delivery: Face to face workshops (lecture style)

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Not available for non-degree enrolment


Perinatal Mental Health Course Online: An Introduction

Join this self-paced interactive online course at the Centre for Continuing Education and learn how to provide mothers and fathers with mental health services during their perinatal period.

Delivery: Online 

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Not available for non-degree enrolment

Pain management multidisciplinary workshop

This two week workshop is a comprehensive overview of all major aspects of pain management, integrating basic science with its clinical application.

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Not available for non-degree enrolment


Putting cognitive behaviour skills into practice 

This webinar training program gives you an opportunity to learn how to help your patients better manage chronic or persisting pain problems.

Delivery: Online

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Not available for non-degree enrolment


Early intervention for injury related pain

A one day masterclass for health professionals to enhance and develop skills in psychologically informed practice when treating musculoskeletal pain. Hear from leading experts of early intervention for injury related pain. 

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Not available for non-degree enrolment


Advanced clinical communication skills training

This webinar series helps clinicians develop skills in detecting and responding to individual patients’ expectations and needs, and to overcome foreseeable barriers to effective patient-clinician communication.

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Not available for non-degree enrolment

Ocular pathology

This course aims to provide you with core knowledge in ocular pathology and prepare you for the RANZCO Pathology exam. 

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Not available for non-degree enrolment


Introductory Histotechniques

This course assumes no prior knowledge of histotechniques and introduces the participant to the basic concepts of histology. It is suitable for beginners and those who would like to refresh their knowledge and practical skills.

Delivery: Lectures and practicals sessions over two days

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Not available for non-degree enrolment


Introductory immunohistochemistry

This course assumes no prior knowledge of immunohistochemistry and introduces the participants to the basics. It is suitable for beginners and those who would like to refresh their knowledge and practical skills in immunohistochemistry.

Delivery: Lectures and practicals sessions for two days

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Not available for non-degree enrolment

Modern Therapeutics and Medical Devices (PCOL5102)

This unit of study develops knowledge in current state-of-the-art therapeutic technologies.

Delivery: Online 

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Pharm and Medical Device Development (PCOL5104)

Develop the critical thinking needed to transform a new therapeutic drug or device into a commercially viable product. 

Delivery: Online and one compulsory face to face workshop on campus (Camperdown)

Learn more |  Enrol as non-degree student 

Get your paper published

This one-day workshop is based on extensive linguistic research into the essential elements of successfully published peer reviewed research papers.

Delivery: One-day workshop

Learn more | Not available for non-degree enrolment


Introductory Analysis of Linked Data (PUBH5215)

This unit introduces linked health data analysis.

Learn more | Enrol as non-degree student
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Qualitative Research Analysis & Writing (QUAL5003)

This course offers an opportunity for intensive learning and reflection on analyzing and writing with qualitative data. It is designed for people with a bsic understanding of qualitative research.

Learn more | Enrol as non-degree student


Fundamentals of sleep medicine

This week-long course covers all aspects of sleep medicine and technology, sleep analysis techniques, CPAP workshops and NIV case studies.

Delivery: Lectures/tutorials 

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Sleep scoring bootcamp

This two-day course is an intensive introduction to the analysis of adult sleep studies and is designed for sleep technologists who have very little scoring experience.

Delivery: Online 

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Arthroscopic skills workshop

This workshop covers the fundamental principles of arthroscopy for shoulder, knee and ankle joints. Topics include meniscal surgery, ACL basics, chondroplasty and diagnostic arthroscopy.

Delivery: One day course (face to face lectures/workshops)

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Imaging Surgical Patients (SURG5011)

The unit of study aims to introduce all types of imaging relevant to the practice of surgery, to understand the underlying physical and technological principles upon which imaging relies and to know the indications for use and complications of imaging.

Delivery: Online 

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Laparoscopic appendicectomy and cholecystectomy workshop

This course will help you master laparoscopic cholecystectomy and appendicectomy and is specially designed to supplement the Surgical Skills Network Training Program.

Delivery: Online 

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Physiology and Pharmacology for Surgeons (SURG5032)

Learn the basic and advanced physiology, pharmacology and some pathophysiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal and urinary systems that training surgeons require.

Delivery: Online 

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Ultrasound in trauma surgery workshop

This workshop will introduce you to the instrumentation and application of ultrasound, and provide you with practical experience in performing and interpreting ultrasound scans 

Delivery: Online 

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Vascular and Endovascular Surgery (SURG5016)

Develop a greater understanding of the anatomy, pathophysiology and treatment options for vascular surgical disorders by open or endovascular means

Delivery: Online + one compulsory face to face skills session on campus (Camperdown)

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Malignant Breast Disease and MDTs (SURG5038)

This unit aims to prepare the post fellowship candidate for a career in breast surgery, offering a thorough knowledge of the science and management of malignant breast disease.

Delivery: Online

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Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Level 2 (SURG5040)

This unit of study covers theory behind advanced oncoplastic breast surgery procedures including a full range of volume replacement flaps, lipofilling and nipple reconstruction techniques.

Delivery: Online

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Sydney Medical School is pleased to offer an intensive course for medical students and medical graduates intending to take the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), Step 1.

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Not available for non-degree enrolment