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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.





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, neurosurgery, 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, post-fellow, surgical resident, 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.

  • 本课程将向你介绍不同外科专科的一般外科疾病,你将学到有关血管,甲状腺,乳腺,胃肠道和结肠直肠外科,肝胆胰腺外科,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,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。

  • 你将了解不同类型的诊断测试,成像技术,治疗计划以及不同疾病的管理,包括黄金标准和微创治疗护理方案。

  • 除了可以近距离了解外科医生的日常工作之外,你还将了解男性及女性外科医生在他们职业生涯的各个阶段,从外科实习生到接受专科培训(外科住院培训,研究员培训),再到专科医生,高级专家和学术教授。

  • 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, Neurosurgery, 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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Meet your instructors

Stephen Wing-Keung CHENG
Professor, Head of Department, Chief of Surgery
The University of Hong Kong
Ian Yu-Hong WONG
Course Director of Surgery MOOC
The University of Hong Kong
Kent-Man CHU
Clinical Professor, Director (Surgical Endoscopy Service and Centre for Education & Training)
The University of Hong Kong
Clinical Professor, Chief of Division (Breast Surgery)
The University of Hong Kong

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