Advanced Surgical Anatomy Course

The Advanced Surgical Anatomy Course (ASAC) is a non-accredited postgraduate offering by The University of Queensland.

The course provides topographical training in anatomy with practical sessions on wet prosected specimens. Although the course is intended mainly for junior doctors preparing for Surgical and Radiology Training examinations, it is open to junior doctors from other specialties as well.

We are now accepting expressions of interest for the Semester 1, 2021 course. Your EOI will be registered and we will contact you as soon as registration opens. Read the brochure here.

The course will be conducted by experienced Brisbane based senior practising surgeons who are Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, (RACS). ASAC comprises an eleven module course structure that is delivered over 22 weeks at the University of Queensland's St Lucia Campus. Modules are delivered on Wednesday evenings, 1800 hrs-2100 hrs. There will be a mid-semester assessment half-way through the course and a final assessment at the end of the course, both held on Saturdays.

The course is offered by the University Of Queensland's School of Biomedical Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine. A Certificate of Attainment by the University of Queensland will be awarded to successful candidates.

We are now accepting expressions of interest for the Semester 1, 2021 course (timetable yet to be confirmed). Your EOI will be registered and we will contact you once registration opens.

Register

Following your registration, we will email you with confirmation that your application has been accepted, a unique registration number and a link to the University of Queensland's secure Registration Fee Payment Gateway.

There are two exceptions for not being accepted: (1) incomplete information provided, or (2) the course is full. In both cases you will receive a follow-up email from us with further instructions/advice. 

Just remember that full registration is a two-step process:

  1. Submission and acceptance of your application. Acceptance (or otherwise) will be confirmed in an email from us.
  2. Payment of the course registration fee - either as a single payment (A$6,550.00) or over five equal instalments. Payment of the fee (either in full or in-part) will guarantee a place on the next course. In-part means payment of the first instalment of A$1310.00.

Your full registration status will be confirmed via email.

Formative and summative assessments

Formative assessments to support your learning will be held for each module at the time of the subsequent module tutorial. Answers from this assessment will be posted with the learning resources.

There will be two (2) summative assessment points in the course: a mid-semester summative assessment on material from the first five modules; and the end of course summative assessment on material from all modules, but with a larger weighting to the final 6 modules. Assessment will be by multiple choice questions (MCQs), and objective structured clinical exam (OSCE).  [Borderline candidates may be invited for oral examination (viva voce) by 2 examiners.]

There must be a 70% attendance at the modules plus completion of the exam for any certificate to be awarded. There will be three different types of certificate awarded, depending upon the marks achieved and attendance; a Certificate of Merit; a Certificate of Completion; and a Certificate of Participation. In addition, the highest mark will receive special acknowledgement and an award of $1000.

  • Certificate of Merit

75% or above in the final exam, plus 90% attendance at the modules

  • Certificate of Completion

60% or above in the final exam, plus 90% attendance at the modules

  • Certificate of Participation

Exam completion, plus 70% attendance at the modules