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So You Want To Be A Surgeon?

Aspiring healthcare leaders: Reach for the future!

Learn from world-class surgical experts from 15 subspecialties of HKU Medicine!






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15,143 already enrolled!
Starts Jun 9
Ends Dec 31

So You Want To Be A Surgeon?

Aspiring healthcare leaders: Reach for the future!

Learn from world-class surgical experts from 15 subspecialties of HKU Medicine!





6 weeks
3–5 hours per week
Progress at your own speed
Optional upgrade available

There is one session available:

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Starts Jun 9
Ends Dec 31

About this course

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The World Health Organization (WHO) projected urgent need of physicians and surgeons in the next decade and the Lancet Commissions 2015 report indicated the need for surgical services will continue to rise substantially from now until 2030, in particular in the low-income and middle-income regions.

In light of the challenges of new diseases and increase in the aging population, medical and surgical care are ever more essential. The future needs more surgeons!

What do surgeons do? What conditions require surgical care? In this 6-week course, you will be guided through 15 surgical specialties by a team of 40+ clinical experts. You will have a chairside view of the day-to-day work life of a surgeon and learn about diagnosis, treatment planning and surgical care and see surgeons work in a multidisciplinary team to offer the best treatment for the patients.

Surgery is considered both an art and a science. Surgeons not only demonstrate specialist knowledge, techniques, talents and skills in their practice, at the same time, they make use of science and innovation, engaging in tremendous problem-solving and calculated decision-making in patient care.

Whether you aspire to become a surgeon, a physician, a nurse, or you wish to find out more about surgery, this MOOC will be a great roadmap for you.










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At a glance

  • Institution: HKUx
  • Subject: Medicine
  • Level: Introductory
  • Prerequisites:


  • Language: English
  • Video Transcripts: English, 中文, 中文
  • Associated skills: Treatment Planning, Surgical Procedures, Research, Investigation, Surgical Services, Surgery

What you'll learn

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  • You will be introduced to general surgical conditions in different subspecialties and gain basic knowledge in the anatomy and clinical presentation of medical conditions in vascular, thyroid, breast, gastrointestinal and colorectal surgeries, hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgeries, transplant, head and neck, plastic and reconstructive surgeries, urology, paediatric surgery, trauma, cardiothoracic surgery, and neurosurgery.
  • You will learn about different types of diagnostic testing, imaging techniques, treatment planning, and management of different diseases, including the gold standard and minimally invasive treatment care options.
  • In addition to having an up-close view of the day-to-day work of a surgeon, you will be introduced to male and female surgeons at different stages of their career, from a surgical intern to trainee (surgical resident, post-fellow), specialist, senior expert, and academic professor.
  • Last but not the least, you will explore some modern advances and new technologies in surgery including laparoscopic surgery, endoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, image guided surgery and use of artificial intelligence.

  • 本課程將向你介紹不同外科專科:包括血管外科、甲狀腺外科、乳腺外科、胃腸外科、結直腸外科、肝膽胰外科、肝移植外科、頭頸外科、耳鼻喉科、整形外科、泌尿外科、兒科外科、創傷外科、心胸外科和神經外科疾病的解剖學和臨床表現的基礎知識。

  • 你將了解各種類型的診斷測試、成像技術、治療計劃,以及不同疾病的管理。

  • 除了可以近距離了解外科醫生的日常工作之外,你還將了解外科醫生從實習到成為學術教授的各個階段。

  • 最後,你將探索一些現代外科手術的進展和新技術,包括腹腔鏡手術、內窺鏡手術、機器人手術、圖像引導手術和人工智能的應用 。

  • 本课程将向你介绍不同外科专科:包括血管外科、甲状腺外科、乳腺外科、胃肠外科、结直肠外科、肝胆胰外科、肝移植外科、头颈外科、耳鼻喉科、整形外科、泌尿外科、儿科外科、创伤外科、心胸外科和神经外科疾病的解剖学和临床表现的基础知识。

  • 你将了解各种类型的诊断测试、成像技术、治疗计划,以及不同疾病的管理。

  • 除了可以近距离了解外科医生的日常工作之外,你还将了解外科医生从实习到成为学术教授的各个阶段。

  • 最后,你将探索一些现代外科手术的进展和新技术,包括腹腔镜手术、内窥镜手术、机器人手术、图像引导手术和人工智能的应用。

So You Want To Be A Surgeon is a 6-Week-6-Module course covering 15 surgical specialities including, Vascular, Thyroid, Breast, Gastrointestinal and Colorectal surgeries, Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic surgeries, Transplant, Head and neck, Plastic and Reconstructive surgeries, Urology, Paediatric surgery, Trauma, Cardiothoracic surgery, and Neurosurgery. ****

Module 1

1.1 Vascular Surgery

1.2 Endocrine Surgery

1.3 Breast Surgery

Module 2

2.1 Esophageal & Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery

2.2 Colorectal Surgery

Module 3

3.1 Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery

3.2 Transplant Surgery

Module 4

4.1 Head and Neck Surgery

4.2 Otorhinolaryngology

4.3 Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Module 5

5.1 Urology

5.2 Paediatric Surgery

Module 6

6.1 Trauma Surgery

6.2 Cardiothoracic Surgery

6.3 Neurosurgery

Learners will learn about the general surgical conditions, clinical testing, treatment planning and management and surgical operations through flexible modular learning in 15 speciality sections in the course. Furthermore, learners will be introduced to advances and techniques being practiced in different surgical specialties today, as well as, evidence-based research of surgical conditions and treatment. Learners will also have the opportunity to learn about the career path of a surgeon and get a close up view of the roles and responsibilities and gain some career advice from surgeons at different stages of their career.

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Learner testimonials

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"This course gave me a really good insight into different surgical subspecialties and made me more excited to pursue this field in the future."

"I particularly enjoyed the interviews with the professors and medical interns. It gave me a clearer insight in pursuing surgery and motivation to work towards this goal."

"I learnt a lot and am amazed by the development of surgical techniques and technologies. I was fascinated by robotic surgery and deeply interested in Cardiac specialty".

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Who can join this course?

****The course is suitable for university students in science, nursing, pre-med and medicine; practitioners in the medical field or related fields who wish to learn more about surgery; nursing professionals and clinical workers; secondary and post secondary students aspire to become surgeons, as well as, anyone interested in surgery and medicine, in particular patients and patients’ family who wish to learn more about surgery.

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