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Contemporary Surgical Practice (SURG90021)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeSURG90021
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The aim of this subject is to provide students with a snapshot of contemporary surgical practice and training, including elements of professionalism. Macro, meso and micro level perspectives will be offered to review different facets of surgical practice and training. This framework considers the role of individuals, institutions and broader societal issues on surgical practice. Although focused on the current, we also look to the past to make sense of the present and project future trends. The content explores the nine surgical competencies as defined by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons setting the stage for the remainder of the course and surgical training.

Intended learning outcomes

Students completing this subject should be able to:

  1. Outline features of contemporary surgical practice from macro, meso and micro levels
  2. Outline the nine surgical competencies and their relationship to levels of training
  3. Give examples of historical factors that impact current surgical practice
  4. Describe current surgical training pathways from selection to fellowship
  5. Discuss key issues in professionalism in the context of surgical practice

Generic skills

  • Initiative, autonomy, organization
  • Problem-solving
  • Oral communication
  • Finding, evaluating and using relevant information
  • Written communication
  • Working with others and in teams

Last updated: 24 August 2019