JDocs: Introduction to Surgical Skills


The JDocs: Introduction to Surgical Skills workshop aims to assist Junior Doctors in attaining an improved level of competence in the basic techniques required for minor surgery. Designed in response to feedback from Junior Doctors, this workshop features content specifically designed to meet the essential surgical skills required to apply for specialty training.

Suitable for: Junior Doctors - Interns, RMO/Residents & Service Registrars.


Sold out (doctor)
Friday, 15 November 2019
Available (doctor)
Friday, 13 March 2020
Available (doctor)
Friday, 27 November 2020



This introductory one-day workshop focuses on the most commonly performed surgical procedures. Safety is emphasised as well as the hands-on consolidation of existing skills and the acquisition of one sound technique in each skill area.

Junior Doctors will be equipped with a reliable foundation in minor surgical skills, utilising RACS certified techniques.  It is an excellent introductory level workshop in a supportive environment for participants with limited background in procedural skills.

Workshop Content

Presentation and Animal Tissue Practical Sessions:

  • Electrosurgery: the set up of and safe use of diathermy. Includes bi-polar, mono-polar, sonicision and laser techniques
  • Planning the excision: alternatives to excision, excision planning for sebaceous cysts, mucous membrane wounds and punch, incision/excision biopsies
  • Suturing technique: interrupted sutures, eversion of wound edges and vertical mattress, subcuticular, continuous and three point sutures
  • Suture removal: timing and correct technique and instruments
  • Skin stapling and staple removal
  • Skin glue : when to use; timing - healing and post-operative removal and correct technique and instruments 

Presentation and Practical Sessions:

  • Surgical set-up: Instrument set-up, hand hygiene, gowning and surgical prepping
  • Instrument choice, handling and safety
  • Knot tying: appropriate to a variety of suturing techniques, including both single and double hand ties


  • Consent procedure
  • Local anaesthesia
  • Understanding wound healing
  • Sutures
  • Wound complications
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Wounds and dressings

Workshop Inclusions

  • Practical sessions in basic techniques for minor surgery
  • All meals and refreshments
  • Limited places to maximise practical learning time


WA Participant: $480
Non-WA Participant: $550

CTEC Terms & Conditions

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






This educational activity is RACS accredited and contributes towards the JDocs e-Portfolio record of clinical experience, achievements and assessments.


"I improved my technique and manual knot tying, which is totally new to me. "
"I feel more confident now that I have completed the workshop."
"The tutors were very experienced and very helpful. "
- 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
E john.linehan@uwa.edu.au

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