Generic Surgical Sciences Training Course


COURSE REGISTRATIONS AVAILABLE NOW! In 2024 the GSS Training Course is offered as 30 online presentation sessions over 25 topics, with the current sessions offering now available to participants until 11 October 2024. This extensive training program aims to assist in improving knowledge and understanding and the application of anatomy, physiology and pathology as it pertains to surgical training

Suitable for: Junior Doctors - Interns, RMOs and Unaccredited Registrars - especially those aiming to sit the GSSE in October 2024


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Please note - all CTEC GSS Training Course participants who do not pass their GSS Exam will receive one free extension pass on the course to the date of the next scheduled RACS GSS Exam.

This extension pass must be coordinated directly with CTEC Senior Course Coordinator Lorna Christie.


About CTEC's Online GSS Training Course

This training program aims to assist in improving knowledge and understanding and the application of anatomy, physiology and pathology as it pertains to surgical training.

The course materials will support study efforts as junior doctors prepare for the RACS Generic Surgical Sciences Exam (GSSE). They are offered over a secure online portal and comprise recorded presentation sessions by expert faculty.  Participants will have the advantage of unrestricted access to study materials housed in the learning portal for the duration of the course. They will be able to utilise this online resource at their own pace and prioritise areas of learning across the breadth of material covered in the GSSE. Revision modules including MCQs and Question Banks and a mock exam replicating the GSSE will be provided.

June to October 2024 Online Course Structure & Presentation Faculty


  • HPB anatomy and physiology - Professor Jeffrey Hamdorf
  • Oesophagus, stomach and spleen anatomy - Dr Ruth Blackham
  • Abdominal wall and retroperitoneum anatomy - Dr Anand Trivedi
  • Rectum, pelvic floor and anus anatomy - Dr Rhys Filgate
  • Upper limb anatomy - Dr Ian Timms
  • Lower limb orthopaedic anatomy - Dr Nic Frost
  • Neuroanatomy - Dr Rosh Bakmeedeniya
  • Small and large intestine anatomy - Dr Rhys Filgate
  • Cardiothoracic anatomy - Dr Charles Jenkinson
  • Head and Neck Anatomy - Dr Andrew Lindsay
  • Urological anatomy and pathology - Dr Robert Davies


  • Blood physiology - Professor Catherine Cole
  • Reproductive physiology and gynaecologic pathology - Dr Robyn Leake
  • Medical statistics - Dr Kevin Murray
  • Metabolism and nutrition physiology - Professor Elizabeth Quail and Ms Amber Boyatzis
  • Renal physiology - Dr Aron Chakera
  • Endocrine anatomy and physiology - Dr Alan Tien
  • Cells, nerves and muscles physiology - Clinical A/Professor Dieter Weber
  • Cardiovascular physiology - Dr Robert White
  • Gastrointestinal physiology - Dr Robert White


  • Blood disorders - Professor Catherine Cole
  • Genetics - Dr Mark Cruickshank
  • General pathology phenomena - Dr Marcus Dabner
  • Tissue response to injury - Dr Marcus Dabner

Online Course Inclusions:

  • Expert faculty presentations
  • Recommended learning materials 
  • Revision modules including MCQs and Question Banks
  • Mock exam replicating the GSSE    



COVID-19 Workshop Information for Participants

CTEC Terms and Conditions


Accreditations or CPD Approvals

Approval with CPD Home is being sought.


"Gave structure to how we should study for the GSSE, as well as the important parts to know. Useful to have this as a basis to then build further knowledge."
"Overall, really great sessions covering a large proportion of the syllabus within a small timeframe. "
"The topics covered were very good at highlighting important topics and guiding my outside study."
- Past Course Participants


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

For more information contact

Lorna Christie
Senior Course Coordinator 
T +61 8 6488 8505

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