The University of Melbourne Department of Surgery Austin Health
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Tel:       +613 9496 5468
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Site Manager: V Muralidharan
Austin Surgery Education Program

The major focus of The University of Melbourne Department of Surgery, Austin Health is the development and delivery of high quality surgical education and training. The Department provides a comprehensive surgical education program to both undergraduate and postgraduate students in parallel with the clinical surgical training delivered by the members of the Division of Surgery.

This program is aimed at providing continuing surgical education and training delivered through a series of tutorials, seminars, journal clubs and workshops. It also provides participation to all members of the Division of Surgery through the Surgical Forums and the Annual Surgical Unit Audits. The current level of excellence of this program predominantly due to the commitment and dedication by the members of the Division of Surgery who continue to volunteer their valuable time for the benefit of our trainees.

The program is open to anyone who is interested from the Austin and other centres, including all Surgical Trainees, Unaccredited Registrars, Surgical HMOs, Interns and International Medical Graduates.
The bulk of the program is conducted for eight months of the year commencing in April and finishing November to allow both trainees and surgeons time away from educational activities for four months. However a specific series of exam preparation tutorials are run in February and March leading up to the FRACS exam prep course conducted by the Vic/Tas Training Committee of the Board in General Surgery. The various components of the program are briefly described below:

Shock & Awe
(7.00am - 8.00am Tuesdays & Fridays; Weekly; FEB-MAR)
Open ended exam preparation small group tutorials aimed specifically trainees coming up for their FRACS exams in April & May.

Surgery Tutorials
(7.00am - 8.00am Tuesdays; Weekly; APR-NOV)
Small group tutorial sessions on specific topics

Surgical Forum
(7.30am - 8.30am Wednesdays; Weekly FEB - JUN)
Invited speakers presenting on updates in their sub-specialty

Surgical Annual Audits
(7.30am - 8.30am Wednesdays; Weekly JUL - NOV)
Each unit making up the division of surgery presents their annual surgical audit.

Clinical Case Discussions
(7.00am - 8.00am; Fridays; Fortnightly APR - NOV)
Open case discussions, small group tutorials.

Surgical Anatomy Tutorials
(7.00am - 8.00am; Fridays; Monthly APR - NOV)
Small group tutorials on surgical anatomy.

Simulation Workshops
(9.00am - 12.00pm; Saturdays; Four sessions)
Four simulation workshops aimed at junior trainees; These include Colonoscopy, Bowel Anastomosis, Laparoscopic Suturing and Laparoscopic Groin Hernia Repair. Each of these coincide with one of the Saturday Seminars.

Saturday Surgical Seminars
(12.00am - 12.00pm; Saturdays; Monthly; APR - OCT)
The flagship educational events for the Austin. Each seminar is themed on a sub-specialty topic and includes a Q&A session for exam pending trainees, medicine for surgeons presentation by a physician, case presentation & discussion by a specialty fellow, debate and "How I do it" presentation.

SET Interview Prep Course
(9.00am - 12.00pm; Saturday; APR)
Presentations, interview techniques and practice interviews

NON SET Registrar Interviews
(12.30pm - 5.30pm; Tuesday & Wednesday, 2 sessions only)
SET trainees form part of the interview panel for selection of NON-SET surgical trainees to Austin & Northern hospitals