There has been widespread adoption of laparoscopic surgery over the last two decades. The benefits of this minimal approach are well documented and encompass patient, surgeon, healthcare system and societal advantages. The acquisition of surgical skills has generally occurred during the training years of surgeons and has primarily taken the form of a logbook without formal assessment of competency.

 

Over the last several years there have been drivers for change with respect to this type of ad hoc skills training. The introduction of new technology, the increased numbers of doctors in training and legislation limiting the number of working hours for these doctors has meant that the overall exposure of surgeons in training to various procedures has reduced in relative terms. There is an urgent requirement to introduce new curricula with respect to the skills training of surgeons. Knowledge-based learning is well embedded in most curricula which have been developed for the training of surgeons, however there is no universal agreement with respect to the methodology of acquiring skills for these doctors.

 

The objective of this postgraduate certificate in laparoscopic surgical skills is to create a platform on which surgeons in training can acquire the core surgical skills required prior to actual operating room experience and to allow them to advance on to more complex surgical procedures in either a simulated context or on patients. This certification process, in common with the airline industry, will become a standard for all surgeons prior to taking command of an operating room and the care of patients.

 

Course Outline

Course Detail

 

Entry requirements

Applicants for the Postgraduate Certificate in Endoscopic surgery should normally:

(A) Be a registered medical practitioner on a division of a medical Council of their normally resident country.

(B) have clinical practice experience (support structures, operating room exposure). It is also advised course participants have preceptor to oversee their clinical work.

 

Programme delivery

Once enrolled all participants will attend for an initial setup session where they will be introduced to the online training portal and given a username and password to allow access to this for the duration of the course.  

 

Module 1

 

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COMPREHENSIVE SPINAL CARE

 

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SCOLIOSIS SURGERY

 

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SPORTS MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION

 

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SPINAL INJECTIONS

 

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HAND SURGERY

 

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- tendon repairs

- carpal tunnel syndrome

- joint arthroscopy

- traumatic injury care

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

 

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TOTAL JOINT SURGERY

 

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PHYSICAL THERAPY

 

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- Scoliosis program to treat curvature of the spine

- Manual therapy, which uses the massage and manipulation of the body's soft tissues to relieve pain and promote healing

- Preparing the body before orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation after surgery

- General strength training

- Rehabilitation after a bone fracture

- Outpatient prosthetic rehabilitation, to help individuals adjust to an artificial limb or other external appliance

- Rehabilitation after a back or neck injury

- Rehabilitation after a sports injury

- Comprehensive musculoskeletal evaluation to determine the cause of and best treatment for acute or chronic pain

SPINAL INJECTIONS

 

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