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Semester 1 (Early-Start) - Online
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This subject introduces participants to the discipline of surgical education and the context in which it is situated including regulatory frameworks. Challenges facing the discipline will be explored. Several topics are introduced with the opportunity to pursue further study in subsequent subjects.
Participants have an opportunity to gain an understanding of the structure of the course, consider study skills and resources to support learning and use a range of educational methods to explore the contemporary context of surgical education.
Participants complete a range of exercises (readings, small group discussions – online; web-based writing; journal review; presentations and two essays).
Overall aims of the subject are:
- To provide participants with the context and expectations of teaching and learning for surgeons and surgical trainees
- To provide participants with background knowledge on medical and surgical education including the role of government and professional bodies in regulating and monitoring standards
- To introduce participants to the academic discipline of education with specific linkages to surgical training and continuing professional development (CPD) programs
Intended learning outcomes
After completing the subject participants should be able to:
- Describe the core educational approaches and methods that are relevant to surgical education
- Outline participants' responsibilities in learning
- Use a range of media for managing course materials
- Describe key policy and governance issues influencing medical and surgical education
- Demonstrate knowledge of Government policies relating to medical education and training
- Demonstrate an understanding of surgical education and training across universities, medical colleges, specialist societies and associations and health authorities
- Demonstrate knowledge of processes and criteria used for accreditation of hospitals and other healthcare facilities for surgical training
- Discuss current challenges facing the delivery of medical and surgical education
- Identify contemporary areas of research in the medical and surgical education literature
- Identify surgical education leaders at local, state, national and international levels
- Identify databases and other resources for studying and researching medical and surgical education
• Understanding of the basic concepts in education
• Study skills related to a range of educational methods – e.g. online learning
• Presentation skills
• Academic reading skills
• Academic writing
• Basic skills for reviewing diverse research methodologies
Last updated: 11 February 2021