About this course
- Entry and participation requirements
- Attributes, outcomes and skills
- Course structure
- Further study
Melbourne School of Professional and Continuing Education
|Award title||Graduate Diploma in Surgical Education|
|Year & campus||2019 — Parkville|
|Fees information||Subject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date|
|Study level & type||Graduate Coursework|
|Credit points||100 credit points|
|Duration||24 months part-time|
The program has been developed to address the specialised needs of teaching and learning in surgical environments. Surgical education is unique within the broader discipline of medical education characterised by the clinical settings in which surgery is taught. Technology has had a significant impact and will play an increasingly important role in teaching and learning the complex sets of skills required for safe surgical practice.
The program is designed to support surgeons in developing expertise in teaching and to promote educational scholarship. There are core and elective subjects with face to face and online delivery modes. This serves the purpose of exposing participants to a range of delivery modes, increasing program flexibility essential for busy professionals undertaking studies in conjunction with clinical commitments. The program content reflects critical issues in the broader education community together with specific challenges for surgical education – the role of regulatory bodies, balancing clinical service with training, teaching and learning in the workplace, ethical imperatives for simulation-based education, and safer working conditions including safe hours.
1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:
- a Doctor of Medicine or Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery or equivalent qualification, and
- at least two years of documented relevant clinical work experience.
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.
2. In ranking and/or assessing applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
- prior academic qualification and performance; and
- the professional experience.
3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.
4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university's English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 7 is required.
Inherent requirements (core participation requirements)
For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to providingsupport to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website. http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/
Please refer to website.
Intended learning outcomes
Subjects should provide participants with a thorough grounding in theory and practice of medical and surgical education.
After the program, participants should be able to:
- Discuss key educational theories
- Use educational theory to enhance teaching and learning activities
- Describe relevant policy, settings, format and processes of surgical education
- Evaluate contemporary approaches to surgical education
- Describe simulation-based education relevant to surgical training
- Constructively critique educational practices
- Appraise educational technology including e-learning
- Demonstrate effective oral and written communication in a range of educational settings (as learner, peer, teacher, examiner)
- Design innovative educational programs in response to real world challenges
- Describe approaches to researching surgical education
- Appreciate the role of research in developing the field
- Exercise appropriate professional judgment in the area of surgical education
Please refer to website.
The Melbourne Experience enables our graduates to become:
- Academically excellent:
- have a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship
- have in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline(s)
- reach a high level of achievement in writing, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication
- be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning
- be adept at learning in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies
- Knowledgeable across disciplines:
- examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines
- expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse subjects
- have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems
- have a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment
- Leaders in communities:
- initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces
- have excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills, including an awareness of personal strengths and limitations
- mentor future generations of learners
- engage in meaningful public discourse, with a profound awareness of community needs
- Attuned to cultural diversity:
- value different cultures
- be well-informed citizens able to contribute to their communities wherever they choose to live and work
- have an understanding of the social and cultural diversity in our community
- respect indigenous knowledge, cultures and values
- Active global citizens:
- accept social and civic responsibilities
- be advocates for improving the sustainability of the environment
have a broad global understanding, with a high regard for human rights, equity and ethics
Students must complete the 4 core subjects (12.5 credit points each) and choose another 4 elective subjects (12.5 credit points each) from the list below.
|Code||Name||Study period||Credit Points|
|MEDS90006||Context of Surgical Education||
|MEDS90007||Learning & Teaching in Surgical Practice||
|MEDS90008||Educational Theory for Surgical Training||
|MEDS90009||Curriculum Design in Surgical Education||
Students must choose 4 of the following elective subjects.
|Code||Name||Study period||Credit Points|
|MEDS90011||Research Methods in Surgical Education||
|MEDS90012||Recruitment and Selection in Surgery||
|MEDS90013||Teaching Professionalism in Surgery||Not available in 2019||12.5|
|MEDS90014||Managing Underperforming Trainees||
|MEDS90015||Simulation in Surgical Education||Not available in 2019||12.5|
|MEDS90016||Teaching Surgical Science||
|MEDS90017||Educational Leadership in Surgery||
|MEDS90018||Assessment and Evaluation in Surgery||
Students who completed the Graduate Diploma in Surgical Education can gain a full credit (100 credit points) toward the Master of Surgical Education.
Last updated: 6 December 2019