Core Skills: General Surgery Trainee Workshop


As of Monday March 30, as part of The University of Western Australia’s wider commitment to the community effort to lessen the spread of COVID-19, CTEC has temporarily suspended workshop presentations. In agreement with Department of Health WA, CTEC’s 2020 Workshop Calendar will be substantially restructured. We anticipate offering as many workshops from our suspended calendar as possible between October and December. It is anticipated the next Core Skills: General Surgery Trainee Workshop will be offered in 2021. We encourage you to register your interest for this and other upcoming workshops so you will receive first notification as workshops open. Please feel free to contact CTEC Senior Course Co-ordinator John Linehan directly with any queries: T 0406 488 697 or E

Suitable for: RACS General Surgery Trainees. Limited places are available for Service Registrars with strong surgical experience, for Observers, and for Theatre Nurses in the role of assistant.


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Core Skills: General Surgery Trainee Workshop



This unique two day workshop provides General Surgical Trainees the opportunity to learn new skills, perform a range of open general surgery procedures, and attain a greater understanding of anatomy through human tissue.  Limited places are available for Service Registrars with strong surgical experience, for Observers, and for Theatre Nurses in the role of assistant. Participants have the option of attending one or both days. 

This is the only General Surgery Trainee Workshop in Australia providing 100 per cent cadaveric dissection time on a range of open general surgery procedures, consolidating and enhancing anatomical knowledge and understanding. This Workshop will use a combination of pre-reading, discussion and dissection to further understanding of surgical techniques, and improve confidence in procedural skills and operative anatomy in a highly supportive and safe environment.

Workshop Content (Day 1) 

The following hands-on open procedures will be covered:

  • Appendicectomy
  • Right hemicolectomy
  • High anterior resection/Hartmann’s
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Femoral/inguinal hernia repair
  • Splenectomy
  • Limberg flap & VY advancement
  • Carpal tunnel

Workshop Content (Day 2) 

Provides participants from Day One with first hand exposure to more advanced general surgical procedures not commonly performed by surgical registrars.

  • Duodenotomy
  • Pyloroplasty
  • Exploration of common bile duct
  • Choledochojejunostomy & Roux loop
  • Gastrectomy (Billroth II)
  • Thoracotomy
  • Axillary dissection
  • Submandibular gland
  • Thyroid


Workshop Inclusions

  • Fresh frozen human cadaveric dissection
  • Didactic sessions
  • Limited places to maximise practical learning time


2020 Fee

WA Participant - One Day: $1240
WA Participant - Both Days: $2140
Non-WA Participant - One Day: $1480
Non-WA Participant - Both Days: $2570
Observer:  $150 - limited places
Theatre Nurse: Free of charge - limited places

COVID-19 Information for Workshop Participants

CTEC Terms & Conditions


Reaccreditation of this educational activity will be sought for 2021 from the RACS CPD Program.
Accredited by RACS.


"I really appreciated the instructor to participant ratio and how well the instructors taught and explained."
"Thank you! This was an exceptional workshop. I really appreciate the opportunity."
"Great organisation and relevant topics covered."
- 2019 Workshop Participants


The University of Western Australia
Entrance No.2 
Hackett Drive, Crawley
Perth, Western Australia


For more information contact

John Linehan
Senior Course Co-ordinator
T +61 8 6488 8049


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