This course will provide clinically relevant advanced anatomy training for medical and/or dental graduates and AHPRA registered health practitioners within Northern Australia. The curriculum and delivery structure of the course has been aligned to the academic requirements for postgraduate surgical education and training (SET) of The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
1 year full-time
Part time available
The objectives of the course are:
- Apply and adapt advanced anatomical knowledge and technical skills to regional cadaveric dissection of a whole human body.
- Exercise a high level of 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.
- Review, consolidate and synthesise knowledge of anatomical development (embryology), tissue structure (histology), functional systematic structure (gross anatomy) to the standard that is required by the RACS for the Surgical Education and Training (SET) examinations.
The curriculum and delivery has been aligned to the academic requirements for those preparing for SET examinations. The course comprises two subjects and will be delivered over the course of 1 year, full time.
This course will suit graduates training within regional locations, as the program will be delivered as a combination of external (online) and limited mode attendance (4 x 4 day workshops) at the Townsville campus. Full-body cadaveric dissection will be facilitated by senior clinical staff. Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) accreditation has been sought.
Students must provide evidence ofbeing 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 aplacement in a Queensland Health facility and consequently may result in theirinability to complete the requirements of the course as accredited by therelevant professional accrediting body. If a student has not complied with theabove requirement by the last day of the first teaching period of theirstudies, their enrolment will be terminated immediately.
2016 Workshop Dates
Module 1: 21 – 24 April
Module 2: 23 - 26 June
Module 3: 29 September – 2 October
Module 4: 8 – 11 December
*For more information, refer to: InfectiousDiseases Policy and Immunisation Guidelines
AT8301:12 Surgical Anatomy Part 1 of 2
AT8302:12 Surgical Anatomy Part 2 of 2
Please consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
Graduate Diploma of Surgical Anatomy
Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)
Professional accreditation status
Accreditation for this course is currently being sought by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Tropical Health and Medicine
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 3c – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
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
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.
AT8301:12 Surgical Anatomy Part 1 of 2
AT8302:12 Surgical Anatomy Part 2 of 2
Due to the online/external delivery design of this course, availability of this course at other JCU campuses is not required. However, the specialised professional, academic and technical requirements necessary for the delivery of the cadaveric dissection workshops would not allow this component of the course to be delivered at alternative sites to the Townsville (Douglas) campus.
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
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.
Expected time to complete
One year full time or part time equivalent
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
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.
Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade
Supplementary exam for
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.
GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF SURGICAL ANATOMY
This is a joint degree
Inclusion of majors on
Not applicable - this course does not have majors
Exit with lesser award
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