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So You Want To Be A Surgeon?
About this courseSkip About this course
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.
At a glance
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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.
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. ****
1.1 Vascular Surgery
1.2 Endocrine Surgery
1.3 Breast Surgery
2.1 Esophageal & Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery
2.2 Colorectal Surgery
3.1 Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery
3.2 Transplant Surgery
4.1 Head and Neck Surgery
4.3 Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
5.2 Paediatric Surgery
6.1 Trauma Surgery
6.2 Cardiothoracic Surgery
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.
Learner testimonialsSkip Learner testimonials
"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.