Surgical Anatomy

Subject ANAT90008 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 100
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 260 hours
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment of 260 hours.





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Core Participation Requirements:

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School of Melbourne Custom Programs
Level 3, 442 Auburn Rd
Hawthorn VIC 3122

Phone: 9810 3245

Subject Overview:

Students will gain thorough knowledge of all aspects of regional and systemic anatomy. In particular, students will learn the surgical relevance of all structures studied, common variations and surgical and procedural approaches to each organ or structure.

Tuition over the 18 week period involves lecture/tutorials and practical sessions (including specimen workshops and cadaver dissection) totalling 160 contact hours. There is also opportunity for additional independent dissection if desired.


On successfully completing this subject students should:

  1. Have developed a thorough knowledge of all aspects of regional and systemic anatomy; and
  2. Understand the surgical relevance of all structures studies, common variations and surgical and procedural approaches to each organ or stucture.


The assessment is in two parts:

• Dissection Coursework (continuous assessment). Fifty per cent. Students will be assessed on the quality of their dissection and on a report of the anatomical variations they are able to identify and display in the cadaver they dissect. The report will consist of five written sheets of approximately 100 words each.

• Oral Examination (20 minutes). Flag race examination (60 minutes). Fifty per cent. Standard questions will be based on knowledge of surgically applied anatomy appropriate to that required for the SET Surgical Sciences Examinations of RACS. The oral examination format includes specimens, bones, imaging and surface projections of the chosen specialty areas. The flag race examination format includes identification of labelled specimens of the head and neck, thorax, abdomen, pelvis, upper limb, lower limb. Students are required to pass all components to graduate.

Prescribed Texts:

You will be supplied with course notes and a comprehensive multimedia program Anatomedia (see also as well as an accompanying textbook (General Anatomy: Principles and Applications) and dissection manual.

Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:


Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Postgraduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy

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