​Fellowship exam preparation

(Unaccredited Registrars, SRMOs, JMOs also welcome)

Attendance

Your attendance is expected at education sessions that have been arranged for you.

NOTE: If you are unable to attend a session where you are expected to present, you must make alternate arrangements amongst your colleagues in consultation with the trainee representative.

Surgical Trainee Representative

A representative based at the John Hunter Hospital will be chosen (usually a SET4/5 trainee) to coordinate the Surgical Education Program.  It will be the trainee representative's responsibility to communicate with the relevant tutors a week in advance to confirm the sessions or make alternative arrangements if necessary.

Term One:        Dr Zhen Hou / Dr Scarlett Shackleton     2 Feb 2015 to 3 May 2015

Term Two:        Dr Rahul Mehrotra                                 4 May 2015 to 2 Aug 2015

Term Three:      Dr Senan Al-Mahaidi                              3 Aug 2015 1 Nov 2015

Term Four:        Dr Martin McLeod                                  2 Nov 2015 31 Jan 2016

Participate in the NSW and GSA Courses

You must over the course of your training (SET1-5) attend 65% of the NSW Long Course sessions. These are now held on four Saturday's each year in Sydney. Being part of the Newcastle/Gosford rotation or on a rural rotation is not an excuse for non-attendance. It is your responsibility to equally distribute weekend cover to allow as many SET's as possible to attend.  Proposed dates are:-

General Surgeons Australia (GSA) NSW / ACT Educational Program Course

  • Saturday 21 Feb
  • Saturday 20 Jun
  • Saturday 25 Jul
  • Saturday 17 Oct

(These dates will need to be confirmed with the GSA).

The NSW / ACT Fellowship Exam Prep Course runs from Monday 16 March until Tuesday 31 March 2015 (inclusive).  Places in this course are limited with those sitting the Fellowship Exam in May given first preference.

GSA training days – usually held in conjunction with the RACS Annual Scientific Congress and with GSA Annual Meeting – there is likely to be an attendance requirement introduced for this.

At your hospital

Participate in Morbidity and Mortality Meetings and CME

For those of you preparing for your fellowship exam, you will find most consultants happy to provide teaching for you at a mutually convenient time. Make sure you use this resource by contacting consultants individually and arranging tutorials and/or practice viva sessions. Please also notify the other trainees so that can also attend these sessions

Practice writtens

SET2-5s will have to attend a mock written exam (Paper 2). 

Practice clinicals

Practice clinical session dates are to be confirmed by the Clinical Superintendent.  It is difficult to coordinate the patients and candidates and will require advance planning.

In preparation for your clinical we suggest you:

  • Attend the NSW Short Course
  • Melbourne Course
  • Form small study groups and practice on patients on a regular basis
  • Attend outpatient clinics

Fellowship training:  operative surgery tutorials

Day:      Wednesday (fortnightly)
Time:    0700
Venue:  Royal Newcastle Hospital Resource Room 1 (2426)

Operative Surgery Tutorials Timetable – 2015

Date

Time

Topic

Surgeon

Trainee Representative

18 Feb 15

0700

Varicose vein surgery/Embolectomy

Dr Senthil Kumar

Dr Zhen Hou

4 Mar 15

0700

Surgical management of pilonidal abscess

Dr Peter Pockney

Dr Zhen Hou

18 Mar 15

0700

NOTE: Session Cancelled to GSA NSW Fellowship Exam Preparation Course.  Surgery for Complicated Gallbladder Disease

Dr Costa Karihaloo

Dr Zhen Hou

1 Apr 15

0700

Advanced Upper Endoscopy techniques: EUS/EMR/RFA/Photodynamic therapy

Dr Vanessa Wills

Dr Zhen Hou

15 Apr 15

0700

No Teaching RACS Fellowship Written

 

Dr Zhen Hou

29 Apr 15

0700

Surgical management of bile duct injuries

Dr Stan Chen

Dr Zhen Hou

13 May 15

0700

Management of Rare Hernias : Obturator/Spigelian/Lumbar

Dr Jon Gani

Dr Rahul Mehrotra

27 May 15

0700

Exposure of major abdominal/limb vessels

Dr Nicole Organ

Dr Rahul Mehrotra

10 Jun 15

0700

Microdochetomy/HWLB/Subcutaneous mastectomy

Dr Shanta Velaiutham

Dr Rahul Mehrotra

24 Jun 15

0700

Surgical techniques for Anal Incontinence

Dr Anna Wilkes

Dr Rahul Mehrotra

8 Jul 15

0700

Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair

Dr Tim Wright

Dr Rahul Mehrotra

22 Jul 15

0700

Management of recurrent ventral/groin hernias

Dr Jon Gani

Dr Rahul Mehrotra

5 Aug 15

0700

Management of Complex Enterocutaneous Fistula

Dr Brian Draganic

Dr Senan Al-Mahaidi

19 Aug 15

0700

No Teaching RACS Fellowship Written

 

Dr Senan Al-Mahaidi

2 Sep 15

0700

Melanoma excision

Dr Ralph Gourlay

Dr Senan Al-Mahaidi

16 Sep 15

0700

Colonoscopy : Bowel Prep and Advanced Polypectomy Techniques

Dr Steve Smith

Dr Senan Al-Mahaidi

30 Sep 15

0700

Focal Hepatic lesion: radiological assessment

Dr Stan Chen

Dr Senan Al-Mahaidi

14 Oct 15

0700

Trauma Laparotomy- damage control surgery

Trauma Fellow

Dr Senan Al-Mahaidi

28 Oct 15

0700

Management of Lap Gastric Band complications

Dr Tim Wright

Dr Senan Al-Mahaidi

11 Nov 15

0700

Plastic Surgical Techniques – Skin Cancer Excision

Plastic Surgeon

Dr Martin McLeod

25 Nov 15

0700

 

 

Dr Martin McLeod

 

 

*Note: Can't do Weds 7-8am (clash with Calvary Mater Meeting) Trauma : Management of Biliary/Duodenal/Pancreatic Injuries

Dr Adeeb Majid

 

 

Fellowship Training: Surgical Seminars

Day:           Usually held once per month on a Saturday
Time:         1000 – 1230
Venue:                   
Description:

Presentations should be approximately 20 minutes each with 10 minutes reserved for questions and discussions.

The aim of each presentation should be to present a concise summary of the topic which should include an overview of current management principles, recent advances and future directions.  Controversies in the subject should be discussed and audience participation encouraged.  Presenters are encouraged to question trainees in the audience and vice versa.  An essential part of the seminar should be a detailed study of the literature encompassing at least the past five years.  Please do not attempt to present a text book based account of the subject!

You should expect to begin preparation at least two to three months in advance.

Consultant is the Facilitator

Trainee Presentations:

1000-1030

SET1/2

Pathophysiology/basic sciences

 

1030-1100

SET3

Current management principle, recent advances

 

1100-1130

 

Morning tea

 

1130-1200

SET4

Principles of operative surgery/management

 

1200-1230

SET5

Consultant to choose any, or all, of these to grill SET5s:

  • Medium case examination

  • Anatomy

  • Pathophysiology and critical care viva

  • Operative surgery viva

  • Short case

  • Spot questions

This is only a guideline on sub- topics you can present on Saturday.  Please discuss this with the SET 5 trainees/consultant about what you wish to gain from this session, and modify it to suit the team.

Attendance will be monitored at these sessions.

Surgical Seminars Timetable - 2015 

Venue:  Royal Newcastle Centre Conference Room 2 (2430)

Date

Time

Topic

Surgeon

Trainee Rep & Presenting Trainees

Saturday

28 Feb

1000-1230

  • Fellowship exam preparation.  Topics to be advised

 

Jon Gani

Trainee Rep:

Dr Zhen Hou

 

Presenting Trainees:

SET3: Sara Clark

SET5: Ming Ho

SET5: David Burnett

SET5: Owen Morris

Saturday

28 Mar

1000-1230

Sepsis

  • Pathology and prophylaxis of sepsis

  • Critically ill surgical patient: SIRS, MODS, ADRS and Shock

  • Role of pharmacological agents in shock and their complications

  • Patients at risk of nutritional deficiencies and options for nutritional support

 

Kalpesh Shah

Trainee Rep:

Dr Scarlett Shackleton

 

Presenting Trainees:

SET1/2: Andrew Raymond

SET3: Mif Reece

SET4: Kathleen Soeyland

SET4: Shannon Cooper

Saturday

27 Jun

1000-1230

Upper GI / Lower GI Haemmorhage

  • Physiology of Hypovolemic shock

  • Massive transfusion and reversal of anticoagulation

  • Aetiology, pathology and assessment of patient with Varices

  • Management options for variceal bleeding and associated underlying liver disease

  • Techniques of endoscopic hemostasis for UGI Bleeding

  • Radiological and Surgical Management of LGI Bleeding

Vanessa Wills

Trainee Rep:

Dr Rahul Mehrotra

 

Presenting Trainees:

SET1/2: Paul Liebenberg

SET3: Sara Clark

SET4: Senan Al-Mahaidi

SET5: Scarlett Shackleton

Saturday

29 Aug

1000-1230

Transplant

  • Causes, risk factors for, and effects of acute and chronic organ failure (liver, renal, Intestinal, pancreatic)

  • Workup for transplant – recipient and donor

  • Immunology and diagnosis of acute and chronic rejection post-transplant

  • Malignancy in transplantation

  • Tertiary hyperparathyroidism

  • Brain death/donation after cardiac death

  • Short bowel Syndrome – nutritional support, management

  • Operating on immunosuppressed/transplant patient

Munish Heer

Trainee Rep:

Dr Senan Al-Mahaidi

 

Presenting Trainees:

SET1/2: Paul Liebenberg

SET3: Mif Reece

SET4: Shannon Cooper

SET5: John Barker

Saturday

24 Oct

1000-1230

Sarcomas / retroperitaneal tumours

  • Aetiology of sarcomas – Familial syndromes, radiation induced

  • Pathology and diagnosis of soft tissue sarcomas

  • Principles of sarcoma management – biopsy and surgery

  • Pathology and natural history of primary tumours of retroperitoneum, including secretory endocrine tumours

  • Molecular targeted therapy for retroperitoneal tumours

Stan Chen

Trainee Rep:

Dr Senan Al-Mahaidi

 

Presenting Trainees:

SET1/2: Paul Liebenberg

SET4: Helen Boyd

SET4: Martin McLeod

SET5: John Barker

Saturday

28 Nov

1000-1230

TBA if required