Generic Surgical Sciences Training Course


CTEC has developed an extensive training program for junior doctors to support their study efforts as they prepare for the RACS Generic Surgical Sciences Exam (GSSE). CTEC's GSS Training Course aims to improve knowledge, understanding and application of anatomy, physiology and pathology as it pertains to surgical training. In 2021 CTEC's GSS Training Course was offered as 25 online tutorials over 13 weeks between February and May. The 2022 schedule will be confirmed in the near future.

Suitable for: Junior Doctors - Interns, RMOs and Service Registrars - especially those aiming to sit the GSSE


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CTEC's GSS Training Course is offered Australia-wide via an online platform.  The 2022 online sessions will be offered live and expert presenters will encourage participation from the group. The sessions will be recorded so they are available for revision and to those who were unable to attend the live online session. 

Online tutorial participants on CTEC's GSS Training Course will have access to a range of recommended learning materials, revision modules and formative assessments to assist with their study efforts.

Example of 2021 Online Course Structure Example - Offered February to May

Offered as 2 hour online sessions every Tuesday and Thursday. 


Week 1:

HPB anatomy and physiology 

Oesophagus, stomach and spleen anatomy


Week 2:

Abdominal wall and retroperitoneum anatomy

Gastrointestinal physiology


Week 3:

Small and large bowel anatomy

Rectum, pelvic floor and anus anatomy


Week 4: 

Urological anatomy and pathology 

Renal physiology


Week 5: 

Reproductive physiology and gynaecologic pathology 

Endocrine anatomy and physiology


Week 6: 

Upper limb anatomy

Lower limb orthopaedic anatomy

Week 7: 

Blood physiology

Blood disorders


Week 8: 


ENT and maxillofacial anatomy


Week 9: 

Cardiovascular physiology

Cardiothoracic anatomy


Week 10: 

Metabolism and nutrition (physiology)

Cells, nerves and muscles physiology 

Week 11: 

General pathology phenomena (pathology)

Tissue response to injury (pathology)

Week 12: 

Medical statistics

Vascular anatomy


Course content, date and convenors may be subject to change or cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances. 


Junior Doctors based in Western Australia are encouraged to register for CTEC's 2022 face to face JDocs: Anatomy Course to consolidate clinically relevant anatomy knowledge.  This series of workshop sessions is usually convened over six Saturdays in May and June.


Online Course Inclusions

  • Recommended learning materials
  • Revision modules
  • Formative assessments
  • Limited course numbers 


2021 Faculty

Mr Nishath Altaf
Dr Rosh Bak
Dr Ruth Blackham
Ms Amber Boyatzis
Dr Aron Chakera
Professor Catherine Cole
Dr Mark Cruickshank
Dr Marcus Dabner
Dr Robert Davies
Mr Rhys Filgate
Mr Nicholas Frost
Dr Charles Jenkinson
Dr Robyn Leake
Dr Andrew Lindsay
Dr Kevin Murray
Professor Richard Naunton Morgan
Professor Elizabeth Quail
Dr Alan Tien
Dr Ian Timms
Clinical Associate Professor Dieter Weber
Dr Rob White


2022 Fee (24 Online Tutorials)

Junior Doctors: $1260



COVID-19 Information for Workshop Participants

CTEC Terms and Conditions


Course content, date and convenors may be subject to change or cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances. 


"I've found it very helpful in providing a scaffold to build upon for learning. Has also been a good motivator to get me to study."
"The excellent tutors were very helpful and approachable"
- Past 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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