This course is a joint postgraduate offering between The University of Queensland and the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

We are accepting Expressions of Interest for courses planned to start in July 2017 and in February 2018 via a dedicated website which outlines all the relevant information and enables online application and online payment. There are instalment plan payment options available.

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

The course will be conducted by experienced Brisbane based senior practising surgeons, Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, (RACS). The ASAC course has an eleven module structure course that is delivered over 23 weeks at the University of Queensland's St Lucia Campus. To enhance accessibility, each module session will be delivered twice; once on a Saturday 0900hrs-1200hrs and once on a Wednesday night 1800 hrs-2100 hrs. There is a trial assessment and final assessment at the end of the course.

The course is accredited and quality assured by the University Of Queensland's School of Biomedical Sciences within the Faculty of Medicine. A Certificate of Attainment from the University of Queensland and Queensland Health, with RACS accreditation, will be awarded to successful candidates.

Course objectives

The objectives of the course are:

1. To provide training in topographical anatomy to a level appropriate for postgraduates in surgical, radiologic and medical disciplines.

2. To enable candidates to identify marked structures and their anatomical relations in prosected specimens and images.

3. To enable candidates to correlate anatomical structures with radiological images.

Course content

The course will teach surgical anatomy addressing all aspects of regional and systemic anatomy. Upon successful completion of the course, candidates will demonstrate knowledge of the surgical relevance of all the structures covered in the course and surgical and procedural approaches to each organ or structure; and develop skill in anatomical structure identification and radiologic interpretation.

Entry requirements

Completion of a medical degree, such as MBBS, MD or equivalent qualification.

Course fee

The course fee is AUD $6,300. This can be paid in one payment or over 5 instalments.  There is no addition cost associated with the instalment plan.

Course schedule

The course has a limit of 40 candidates divided into 2 streams (Wednesday and Saturday) with approximately 20 candidates per stream. For convenience, each module is delivered twice - once on a Wednesday and once on a Saturday.  Candidates are required to attend each module only once. Candidates will be required to submit their choice for their chosen Saturday and Wednesday modules. Candidates can mix and match the days to suit their needs. The preferred days will, however, only be allocated if available, therefore early registration is advised.  

Course structure and delivery method

The lectures will be delivered in the UQ School of Biomedical Sciences histology laboratory, fitted with 60 latest iMAC computers and a new integrated high definition audio visual system. All practical workshops will be delivered in the UQ Gross Anatomy Facility.

Each module will be taught as a three hour session, and will include:

  1. Pre-test multiple choice questions (MCQs) for 15 minutes;
  2. Composite group teaching involving an overview of module objectives by the module co-ordinator to all attendees lasting 25 to 45 minutes.
  3. Focussed group teaching small group-facilitated-learning on prosected specimens and images lasting 2 hours. The surgical faculty to candidate ratio will be approximately1:5.


The candidates will be assessed via:

  1. Pre test MCQs for each module, and
  2. On course completion:
  • Post test MCQs
  • Specimen identification
  • Radiologic image identification

Prize for Outstanding Achievement

A prize of $1000 will be awarded for outstanding achievement to the candidate in the Advanced Surgical Anatomy course who obtains the highest overall marks.

Course coordinator details

Associate Professor Alan Gale
Director of Clinical Training
Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital
Phone: +617 3636 0894