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Surgical Anatomy

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Health and Medical Award Postgraduate Diploma

Course

Postgraduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy

Course Code

N26AA

Course Abbreviation

PGDipSurgAnat

Partner Faculty

Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science (MDHS) , School of Health Sciences and Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) 

Background

The Postgraduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy is a joint qualification of The University of Melbourne's Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and a formal award of the University of Melbourne comprising of 100 points of training at a Postgraduate level.

The course is specifically designed to assist participants intending to take the SET Surgical Sciences Examination of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. It also provides an opportunity to perform a comprehensive and supervised dissection (and surgical procedures) on a cadaver.

Description

The objectives of the course are:

· To provide a supervised cadaver dissection of selected regions of the body.

· To provide training in surgical anatomy to the standard required for the SET Surgical Sciences Examination of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Students gain thorough knowledge of all aspects of regional and systemic anatomy. In particular, students learn the surgical relevance of all structures studied, common variations, and surgical and procedural approaches to each organ or structure.

Tuition over the 18-week period involves lecture/tutorials and practical sessions (including specimen workshops and cadaver dissection) totalling 160 contact hours. There is also opportunity for additional independent dissection if desired.

Target Audience

Students who have completed their MBBS and are looking to further their career in Surgery by undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy as a bridging course for the SET Surgical Sciences Examination of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Academic and Teaching Team

The course is quality assured by the University of Melbourne and conducted by expert academic staff from the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience at the University of Melbourne.

A/Prof Chris Briggs – Course Co-ordinator, Department of Anatomy & Neuroscience

Delivery Mode

Lecture style environment, online LMS and dissection classes. 

The course is run on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6-10pm, with optional 'catchup'/revision sessions on Saturday mornings.

Venue

Classes are held in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience at the University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus.

Entry Requirements

Completion of an undergraduate medical degree, such as MBBS or its equivalent
qualification.  Please note: preference will be given to applicants with at least 1 year of post-degree clinical experience.

For international participants the English language requirement is an IELTS score of at least 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0) or equivalent in the 24 months preceding.

Subjects

The course comprises a single subject:

Surgical Anatomy ANAT90008 Surgical Anatomy

Assessment

Students will be assessed on the quality of their dissection and by both flag race and oral examination.

Other Information

Albert Coates Memorial Prize - a prize of $5000 awarded to the candidate in the Postgraduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy who obtains the highest overall mark.

The Albert Coates Memorial Prize was established to perpetuate the memory and achievements of Sir Albert Coates. Sir Albert had close links with the University of Melbourne where he held the position of acting Professor of Anatomy and later was Stewart Lecturer in Surgery. After volunteering for duty during World War II Sir Albert served with distinction and saved many lives as a prisoner of war on the Thai-Burma Railway.

Pathways to Further Study

The course is specifically designed to assist participants intending to take the SET Surgical Sciences Examination of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Delivery Dates and Times

Applications have now closed.  No further applications will be accepted for the 2014 delivery of this course.

Dates for 2014:

No Classes:
Monday 10th March 2014 (Labour Day)
Thursday 17th April, Monday 21st April, Thursday 24th April 2014 (Easter)

Delivery Dates:
Classes commence: Monday 3rd February 2014
Classes end: Saturday 31st May (Thursday 29th May 2014)

Examinations:
Monday 26th May 2014 – Flag Race
Monday 2nd June 2014 – Oral Exam

Results Released: Wednesday 4th June 2014

PLEASE NOTE:  the class size and other teaching constraints mean places on this course are limited.

Course Fees

$11,870.00 for 2014.  Fees are subject to an annual increase.

Fee Inclusions

Students are supplied with course notes and a comprehensive multimedia program Anatomedia as well as an accompanying textbook (General Anatomy: Principles and Applications) and dissection manual. 

FEE HELP

Fee-Help is a loan from the Australian Government to cover tuition fees and is available to Australian Citizens only.

How to Apply

Applications have now closed.  No further applications will be accepted for the 2014 delivery of this course.

Please note: preference will be given to applicants with at least 1 year of post-degree clinical experience.

Further Information

Student Cards

For access to the teaching labs the University will issue a student swipe-card. To speed up the processing of this card students are requested to submit a head and shoulders photograph to surgicalanatomy@commercial.unimelb.edu.au.  This will need to be in a high resolution jpeg, minimum 50mm X 50mm. Failure to submit this photograph may delay receipt of the card.

RACS curricular requirements are published on the RACS website.

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