The aim of the undergraduate surgical course is to teach medical students the fundamentals of surgical practice relevant to their subsequent clinical careers. Pathophysiology of surgical diseases and conditions is taught along with the clinical presentation of such diseases. The subsequent surgical or non-surgical management of these conditions is also taught with a strong emphasis placed on evidence based medical practice.

Students have exposure to a wide variety of surgical specialties:

Gastrointestinal
Colorectal
Hepatobiliary
Breast
Endocrine
Vascular
Orthopaedics
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Urology
Emergency Medicine

The Discipline of Surgery is involved in teaching Year 3 and Year 5 modules, by a variety of means: didactic lectures, small group tutorials, bedside, outpatient clinic, and operating theatre teaching.

Students are actively encouraged to undertake laboratory or clinical summer research