Graduate Diploma of Surgical Anatomy

Courses and Study Australian courses Graduate Diploma of Surgical Anatomy

The Graduate Diploma of Surgical Anatomy provides clinically relevant advanced anatomy training for medical and dental graduates, and health practitioners registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). The program has been specifically designed with the needs of graduates currently working in regional and remote communities of northern Australia and beyond. The course can be studied from anywhere in Australasia.

This course is accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Campus
Townsville
Start dates
February
Duration
1 year full-time
Part time available
Study mode
Limited
Prerequisites
AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a health-related field, be AHPRA registered and maintain registration for the duration of the course; or be a current final-year student of a JCU MBBS program with a minimum 4.0 GPA

Career opportunities

This Graduate Diploma course is for you if you're a relevant graduate located outside metropolitan centres and you're looking for opportunities to advance your career. The curriculum and delivery of this course have been aligned to your academic requirements when you're preparing for Surgical Education and Training (SET) examinations.

Course highlights

This one year full-time (or equivalent part-time) course will suit graduates training within regional locations throughout Australasia, as the program will be delivered as a combination of external (online) and limited mode attendance at four workshops at James Cook University's (JCU) Townsville campus. The course can also be studied part-time over two years.

Full-body cadaveric dissection is a central component of this program and will be facilitated by senior clinical and anatomical staff.

Course overview

The Graduate Diploma of Surgical Anatomy provides advanced education and training in clinically relevant anatomy. It covers the advanced structure of the human body by regions through a combination of core anatomy teaching, specialist surgical teaching, self-directed distance education and *cadaveric dissection.

The course comprises extensive study of two subjects, Surgical Anatomy 1 and 2.

*Cadaveric dissection workshops

The specialised professional, academic and technical requirements necessary for the delivery of the cadaveric dissection workshops requires this part of your studies to be delivered at the Townsville (Douglas) campus.

Workshop dates 2018

The workshops are held over four days on campus:

  • Workshop 1 (April 19-22) - Head, neck and neuroanatomy
  • Workshop 2 (Jun 21-24) - Vertebral column and upper limb
  • Workshop 3 (Sep 27-30) - Lower limb and thorax
  • Workshop 4 (Nov 22-25) - Abdomen and pelvis

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Applications for our 2018 program are still open. Places are limited.

For any enquiries email: gdipsurgicalanatomy@jcu.edu.au.

Important notice

All applicants must provide evidence of being immune to hepatitis B within the first teaching period of their studies. Evidence of having a blood-borne viral disease may result in a student’s inability to obtain a placement in a Queensland Health facility and consequently, may result in your inability to complete the requirements of the course as accredited by the relevant professional accrediting body.

If you have not complied with the above requirement by the last day of the first teaching period of your studies, your enrolment will be terminated immediately.

For more information refer to Infectious Diseases Policy and Immunisation Guidelines.

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

AT8301:12 Surgical Anatomy Part 1 of 2

AT8302:12 Surgical Anatomy Part 2 of 2

Pathway into course

For prerequisites and pathways into this course visit the admission requirements section in the Handbook

Handbook

Graduate Diploma of Surgical Anatomy

Course code

113906

Course type

Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)

Professional accreditation status

This course is accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Division

Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course prerequisites

Applicants must have completed an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a health related field, and be an AHPRA registered health practitioner and maintain their registration for the duration of the course; or

Be a current final year student of a James Cook University MBBS program with a minimum GPA of 4.0 or above and have their enrolment approved by the Dean of College/Course Coordinator; or

Submit, as an exceptional case, evidence of professional and academic attainments, including employment for a minimum of three years in health related activities and previous anatomical studies at a tertiary level.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3cSchedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Post admission
requirements

Hepatitis B immunisation:

Students must provide evidence of being immune to hepatitis B within the first teaching period of their studies. A blood-borne viral disease may result in a student’s inability to obtain a placement in a Queensland Health facility and consequently may result in their inability to complete the requirements of the course as accredited by the relevant professional accrediting body. If a student has not complied with the above requirement by the last day of the first teaching period of their studies, their enrolment will be terminated immediately.

For more information, refer to:

Infectious Diseases Policy and Immunisation Guidelines

Students must maintain AHPRA registration for the duration of the course, except for students concurrently enrolled in MBBS.

Due to online/external delivery of this course, computer and internet access is required.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

Attendance and participation in the cadaveric whole body dissection workshops (4 across the degree) held in Townsville.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Surgical Anatomy will be able to:

  • Apply and adapt advanced anatomical knowledge and technical skills to structural identification and regional cadaveric dissection of a whole human body

  • Review, consolidate and synthesise knowledge of anatomical development (embryology), tissue structure (histology), and functional systematic structure (gross anatomy) to identify anatomical variants and analyse the clinical and surgical implications of such variants

  • Exercise high level and independent judgement in the critical interpretation and evaluation of how normal structure and variations of structure relate to normal and abnormal function of the human body

  • Relate detailed anatomical knowledge to the potential for pathology development, functional complications of the human body and the options for management of complications

  • Communicate theoretical knowledge using high level oral and written English language and, where appropriate, numeracy skills to a variety of audiences

  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for future professional development based on reflection of current skills and knowledge.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

AT8301:12 Surgical Anatomy Part 1 of 2

AT8302:12 Surgical Anatomy Part 2 of 2

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville

Limited Attendance:

Course delivery will be predominantly through online delivery due to the workplace and training requirements of graduate medics/dentists and AHPRA-registered health practitioners.

Attendance at Townsville-based cadaveric dissection workshops is a requirement for course completion.

Candidature

Expected time to complete

One year full-time or part-time equivalent

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression
requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Whole Body Cadaveric Dissection Workshops:

This course includes prescribed whole body cadaveric dissection workshops. These workshops are a compulsory/mandatory component of the course.

Special assessment
requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation
requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for
final subject

A student who has failed the final subject towards the award and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by the relevant accreditation body will apply.

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Not eligible

Maximum allowed

Nil

Currency

Not applicable

Expiry

Not applicable

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title

GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF SURGICAL ANATOMY

Approved abbreviations

GDipSurgAnat

This is a joint degree

No

Inclusion of majors on
testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.