About this course
|Award title||Graduate Diploma in Surgical Science|
|Year & campus||2019|
|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 Graduate Diploma of Surgical Science is designed for prevocational doctors who plan a career in surgery or a proceduralist speciality. The content is based on the JDocs Framework from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)(2014). Students in this course will receive formal and structured learning in the nine competencies the RACS expect of surgeons: medical expertise, judgment (clinical decision-making), technical expertise, professionalism and ethics, health advocacy, communication, collaboration and teamwork, management and leadership and, scholarship and teaching (RACS, 2012). However, the course does not confer the status/privileges of a surgeon nor does it guarantee entry to surgical training programs.
This 2-year, part-time course will provide students with foundational knowledge and some skills relevant for entering surgical training. In particular, the course offers the theoretical background essential for practice in the nine surgical competencies. Although the course has been designed for students who are not on a surgical training program, it is also likely to be valuable to those who have recently commenced surgical training, especially the opportunity to learn about surgical research. Students will benefit from working while they are studying. Some subjects require clinical experience.
Graduates may find the formal and structured theoretical foundation in surgical competencies relevant for entering higher training in other medical specialities that are procedurally-oriented.
The Graduate Certificate in Surgical Science is an exit point after one year of study.
Most subjects require attendance at up to two study days and up to two webinars each semester.
Most teaching staff are practicing surgeons from the Department of Surgery. Content experts will also contribute to the program from the disciplines of psychology, sociology, ethics, human factors, leadership and education.
Last updated: 2 May 2020