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Fundamentals of Surgery I (SURG90023)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeSURG90023
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The aim of this subject is to introduce fundamental principles of surgery drawing on the biomedical and clinical sciences. Through case-based learning and disciplinary-based sessions, students will extend their knowledge of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry and develop their medical expertise and clinical decision-making.

Index cases will form the focus of study and be mapped against RACS expectations of surgical trainees at the “intermediate level”. Additionally, students will draw on real world cases (under ethical guidelines) that reflect their current and evolving practice.

Intended learning outcomes

Students completing this subject should be able to:

  • Outline fundamental principles of surgery drawing on biomedical and clinical sciences
  • Apply basic biomedical science knowledge to clinical scenarios
  • Describe commonly occurring surgical presentations involving cerebral and musculoskeletal trauma, gastrointestinal obstruction/ haemorrhage and malignancy, airway obstruction, thromboembolic disease
  • Develop an analytical approach to the diagnosis and management of common clinical problems using underlying biomedical knowledge.
  • Describe the metabolic responses involved in patients undergoing surgery
  • Outline the nutritional changes for the surgical patient using biomedical knowledge

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