Graduate Diploma in Surgical Education

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Surgical Education Award Graduate Diploma
Course Graduate Diploma in Surgical Education
Course Code GD-SURGED
Course Abbreviation GradDip. in Surgical Education
Partner Faculty Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science (MDHS) and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and the RACS Academy of Surgical Educators (ASE)
Background The Graduate Programs in Surgical Education are a suite of qualifications co-badged with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and offered by the University of Melbourne through the Department of Surgery, Austin Health.

The programs' content recognises the unique challenges that characterise the clinical settings and the advanced technologies that are increasingly important in surgery and surgical training. Effective teaching skills are essential attributes for educators responsible for training the next generation of surgeons in the complex sets of skills required for safe surgical practice.

The programs allow surgeons to gain formal skills in teaching and educational scholarship. The content reflects critical issues in the broader education community together with specific challenges for surgical education - the role of regulatory bodies, balancing clinical service with training, ethical imperatives for simulation-based education, managing under performing trainees, developing professionalism, safer working conditions including safe hours and more.
Description The Graduate Diploma in Surgical Education comprises of the successful completion of the first four compulsory subjects PLUS 50 points of study from the nested suite of subjects that lead to the Master of Surgical Education qualification.
Subjects Core Subjects (12.5 points per subject):
MEDS90006: Context in Surgical Education
MEDS90007: Learning and Teaching in Surgical Practice
MEDS90008: Educational Theory for Surgical Training
MEDS90009: Curriculum Design in Surgical Practice

Elective Subjects (12.5 points per subject):
MEDS90011: Research Methods in Surgical Education
MEDS90012: Recruitment and Selection in Surgery
MEDS90013: Teaching Professionalism in Surgery
MEDS90014: Managing Underperforming Trainees
MEDS90015: Simulation in Surgical Education
MEDS90016: Teaching Surgical Science
MEDS90017: Educational Leadership in Surgery
MEDS90018: Assessment and Evaluation in Surgery

NOTE: Students intending to enrol in the Master program must include Research Methods in Surgical Education as one of their electives.
Subject will only run if minimum number of participants is met. Please contact School of Melbourne Custom Programs for further details.
Assessment Each subject is formally assessed to meet the requirements of University accreditation. Assessment is designed to be practical and relevant.
Target Audience Fellows, Trainees and non-surgeons who contribute to surgical education programs and have an interest in increasing their capacity to deliver surgical education including Surgeons, Veterinary Surgeons, Clinical Proceduralist, Obstetricians, Gynaecologists and other relevant health professionals.
Academic and Teaching Team Academic Coordinator, Professor Chris Christophi
Chris is Professor and Head of Department Surgery at Austin Hospital.

Course Director, Professor Debra Nestel
Debra Nestel is Professor of Surgical Education, Department Surgery at Austin Hospital
Delivery Mode The program is delivered part-time, with students expected to enrol in 2 subjects each semester. However, it is possible to undertake just one subject per semester. All subjects (with the exception of the Minor Thesis) will be taught using multiple delivery modes. This will include one full day (8 hours) workshop plus self-paced learning activities (e.g. webinars, moderated interactive discussions, and tutorials) spread over 13-week semesters. The self-paced learning activities will be accessed through an online learning management system. Students should expect to commit approximately 8 - 10 hours per week to each subject. This includes formal learning activities, reading and private study.
Entry Requirements All applications for entry will be assessed by the Selection Committee who will evaluate the applicant's ability to successfully pursue the program. The following criteria specify entry requirements:
  1. A Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery or equivalent qualification (such asdentistry, veterinary medicine etc.) plus
  2. At least two years of relevant clinical work experience. It is important that students have an appreciation of clinical practice before they commence studies for this course;
  3. Meet the English language requirements of the University of Melbourne. International Medical Graduates are also expected to meet the English language requirements of the Medical Board of Australia (an IELTS score of 7 in all four elements - reading, writing, listening and speaking).
  4. Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate (4 core subjects) or equivalent.
The Selection Committee may conduct interviews and tests and may call for referee reports or employer references to assist in the selection process.
Other Information System requirements for webinar attendance will be provided to participants.
Pathways to Further Study Students who completed the Graduate Diploma in Surgical Education can gain a full credit (100 points) towards Master of Surgical Education.
Course Fees $3,090 per 12.5 point subject in 2018. Fees are subject to an annual increase.
Fee Inclusions Fees include tuition, course materials and access to on-line resources & catering (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea) during intensive delivery of subjects.

As enrolled students of the University of Melbourne, students have access to a range of facilities and amenities provided by the University of Melbourne.
FEE HELP Fee-Help is a loan from the Australian Government to cover tuition fees and is available to Australian Citizens only.
More Information The Program is supported by a core leadership group, with guidance from local and international reference groups. Program Reference Groups:
Australasian Reference Group
Prof Debra Nestel Program Director, University of Melbourne
Prof Chris Christophi Program Director, University of Melbourne
Assoc. Prof Stephen Tobin FRACS Dean of Education, RACS VIC
Prof David Watters FRACS President, RACS VIC
Assoc. Prof Julie Mundy FRACS Chair, BSET
Assoc. Prof Prem Rashid FRACS Surgeon
Prof John Collins FRACS Surgeon
Prof Julian Smith FRACS Surgeon
Prof Stephen O'Leary FRACS Surgeon
Assoc. Prof Jenepher Martin FRACS Surgeon/Educator
Assoc. Prof Elizabeth Molloy Clinician/Educator in non-surgical field
Prof Geoff McColl Physician/Educator VIC
Prof Spencer Beasley FRACS Chair Academy of Surgical Educators, RACS NZ
Dr David Hillis Chief Executive Officer, RACS
Mr John Biviano Director, Fellowship and Standards, RACS VIC
Raymond Yap Student Member
Robert Whitfield Student Member
Key Dates
Applications for Semester 1, 2018 are now closed.
Semester 1, 2018
MEDS90006 Context in Surgical Education Monday 12 February 2018
MEDS90007 Learning and Teaching in Surgical Practice Tuesday 13 February 2018
MEDS90010 Minor Thesis Monday 19 February 2018
MEDS90011 Research Methods in Surgical Education Wednesday 14 February 2018
MEDS90017 Educational Leadership in Surgery Thursday 15 February 2018
MEDS90018 Assessment and Evaluation in Surgery Friday 16 February 2018
Semester 2, 2018
MEDS90008 Educational Theory for Surgical Training Monday 6 August 2018
MEDS90009 Curriculum Design in Surgical Education Tuesday 7 August 2018
MEDS90010 Minor Thesis Wednesday 8 August 2018
MEDS90013 Teaching Professionalism in Surgery Thursday 9 August 2018
MEDS90015 Simulation in Surgical Education Friday 10 August 2018
Venue Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)
250-290 Spring Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia
Online Learning System - SOLE Once you have enrolled you will be issued with a user name and password to access the UoMC Online Learning system, known as SOLE. Here you can access to all course materials and activities as well as being able to interact with other students using this platform e.g. participating in discussion forums.
Related Award Courses Graduate Certificate in Surgical Education
Masters of Surgical Education
Contact Elizabeth Soares
Program Coordinator
The University of Melbourne
P: +61 3 9035 9608