SURGERY 7012OL - Minimally Invasive Surgery Theory III

Online - Quadmester 3 - 2016

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This course will build on what was taught in Theory I and Theory II by providing tuition on the considerations of: Understanding the concept and practice of natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) Being able to apply learning theory to clinical surgical practice Understanding how conversion from laparoscopic to open surgery can affect the patient Determining how to deal with, and avoid, adhesions Understanding how to assess cost and cosmoses in surgical patients Learning new concepts in pathophysiology of repair of abdominal wall defects, metabolic surgery for bariatric surgery and minimally invasive neural stimulation.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code SURGERY 7012OL
    Course Minimally Invasive Surgery Theory III
    Coordinating Unit Surgical Specialties
    Term Quadmester 3
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Online
    Units 3
    Contact Online
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites SURGERY 7007OL, SURGERY 7009OL
    Restrictions Available to MMIS students only
    Course Description This course will build on what was taught in Theory I and Theory II by providing tuition on the considerations of:

    Understanding the concept and practice of natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES)

    Being able to apply learning theory to clinical surgical practice

    Understanding how conversion from laparoscopic to open surgery can affect the patient

    Determining how to deal with, and avoid, adhesions

    Understanding how to assess cost and cosmoses in surgical patients

    Learning new concepts in pathophysiology of repair of abdominal wall defects, metabolic surgery for bariatric surgery and minimally invasive neural stimulation.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Peter Hewett

    Additional Academic Staff

    Name Phone Email Location
    Mr (Chrys) Indran Chrysantha Sri Lal Hensman MBBS (Hons) FRACS 03 9760 2777 chris.hensman@adelaide.edu.au Melbourne
    Mr Alex Karatassas MBBS, FRACS 08 8222 6750 alex.karatassas@adelaide.edu.au The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
    Dr Dinesh TrehanMBBS, MS (Gen.Surg), DNB (Gen.Surg)FRACGP, FRACS 08 8182 9000 dinesh.trehan@adelaide.edu.au Royal Adelaide Hospital
    Dr. Santosh Antony 0lakkengil, MBBS, DNB (Gen.Surg.), M.MinInvSu.(Aus), FIAGES 08 8123 6826 santosh.olakkengil@adelaide.edu.au Royal Adelaide Hospital
    Administrative Contact

    Name Phone Email Location
    Ms Sally Lauder 08 8222 7024 sally.lauder@health.sa.gov.au The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Understand the concept and practice of natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES).
    2 Be able to apply learning theory to clinical surgical practice.
    3 Understand the principles of leadership and how this quality can be developed.
    4 Learn the components of enhanced postoperative recovery.
    5 Understand how conversion from laparoscopic to open surgery can affect the patient.
    6 Determine how to deal with and avoid adhesions from all forms of surgery.
    7 Understand how to assess cost and cosmesis in surgical patients.
    8 Understand instruments that measure quality of life, how to apply them and how to quantify and analyse the results.
    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Students will require access to a computer and the internet.

    All learning resources will be delivered online with online tutorials consisting of links to text, video and websites delivering relevant content.

    Recommended Resources

    All learning resources will be delivered online with online tutorials consisting of links to text, video and websites delivering relevant content.

    Online Learning
    Colloquy will provide the online learning system for students via LEARN http://www.learn.adelaide.edu.au/login/index.php 

    Once students have successfully enrolled with the University they can access the LEARN site where they will be attending their classes, viewing assignments, joining discussion forums and linking up with professors and fellow students. 
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Theory III will be taught via online tutorials with directed learning to text, videos and websites.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Type No of Sessions Duration of Sessions (hrs) Total hours
    Online tutorials 10 3 30
    Exam 1 1 1
    Reading/study time 10 6 60
    Tutorial preparation 10 5 50
    Exam preparation 15 10
    Written assignments 7 3 21
    Total workload per term 172
    Learning Activities Summary
    Term 3

    Week Topic Lecture
    1 NOTES – Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery This topic will provide an overview of NOTES – Natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery.
    2 Minimally invasive Surgery and the Learning Curve This topic will provide an overview of learning minimally invasive surgery and the learning curve. Learning is a complex process particularly with surgery and more so with minimally invasive surgery. Not only are the technical skills of dissection, excision and repair required but they must be learnt in an environment that requires 3D images to be converted to 2D images and skills to be learnt with limited and different tactile feedback.
    3 Leadership This topic addresses what a good leadership model looks like and the levels of leadership?  It will cover why is good leadership important, what are the barriers to effective leadership and how to develop the leader in you – key concepts.
    4 Enhanced Recovery This topic will provide an overview of fast track recovery. In conjunction with the development of minimally invasive surgery a new paradigm in perioperative and postoperative care arose – Fast track recovery.
    5 Conversion in Minimally Invasive Surgery This topic will provide an overview of conversion and what it means in MIS.  It will cover what conversion means, is it failure or it is good judgment?  It will also consider how it can be avoided and what are the consequences?
    6 Adhesions In this topic the nature of adhesions will be explored. Adhesions are both a result and impediment to surgery. How adhesions are formed and how they can be prevented is essential to the successful outcomes of minimally invasive surgery.
    7 Costing in Minimally Invasive Surgery This topic discusses costing of minimally invasive surgery.  One of the criticisms of minimally invasive surgery is the increased cost within the operating theatre environment. The ability to properly cost new procedures is essential to determine the cost benefit efficacy of new technology and procedures. There are a number of different ways costs can be calculated. Students will learn how to understand the differences between them.
    8 Cosmesis This topic will cover how cosmesis is measured, does it matter and when exactly does it matter?
    9 Quality of Life Measurement This topic will help students to understand what quality of life means, they will find out what the different measurement tools are and how they are best used  and how to practice the use of measurement tools.
    10 Revision All topics
    Specific Course Requirements
    In order to be eligible for this program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

    Professional requirements:
    •    Students must be an experienced surgeon who has completed, or be within 1 year of completing, the FRACS, FRACOG (or equivalent).
    •    Students should have a surgical fellowship or consultant position with a major interest in minimally invasive surgery.

    Visa requirements:
    •    Permanent residency or citizenship - to be a domestic applicant
    •    or hold a Temporary Business (Long Stay) Visa (Subclass 457) – to be an International applicant.
    •    Students must be resident in Australia.

    Work placement:
    Students should have a surgical fellowship or consultant position with a major interest in minimally invasive surgery. This surgical position is not automatically offered with the Master of Minimally Invasive Surgery and students are personally responsible for obtaining a suitable position.  Job dates should coincide with the University of Adelaide quadmester dates.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Surgical skills workshop weekend
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning outcome(s) being addressed
    Discussion/group contributions and participation Participation 35% 1-8
    Written assignments Summative 30% 1-8
    Surgical skills workshop Summative 35% 1-8
    Assessment Related Requirements
    All tutorials and workshops are compulsory.
    Assessment Detail
    Overall Assessment details:
    •    The surgical skills workshop will account for 35% of the overall assessment. It will include practical assessment and an open book exam.
    •    Written assignments will consist of online written assignments.  The assignments are 2,000 words. All marks will go towards a total of 30% of the overall assessment.
    •    Discussion / group contribution and participation. Contribution to discussion groups and boards and contribution performance metrics will also be taken into account accounting for 35% of the overall assessment.

    Individual assessment tasks:
    Students are required to submit assignments on the tutorial topics.
    •    What are the limiting factors for the widespread acceptance of NOTES and how may these be overcome in the future? (2,000 word essay worth 10% of overall assessment for this course)
    •    Describe your vision of simulation in the future of learning in minimally invasive surgery? (2,000 word essay worth 10% of overall assessment for this course)
    •    Describe the barriers to fast track recovery that you feel prevent you from implementing this technique for all your patients. (2,000 word essay worth 10% of overall assessment for this course)
    •    Many factors may lead to the inability to complete a procedure using minimally invasive methods. Describe how you can minimize these occurrences. What strategies can be used in obese patients?
    •    Discussions:D1: Describe the process of assessment and preparation of a 42 year old female contemplating laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding. D2: List the common comorbities of morbid obesity D3: Discuss the current concept of the brain in satiety. D4: List and discuss the common complications of laparoscopic roux-en-y gastric bypass. D5: Discuss the International Diabetic Federation recommendations in the treatment of the obese diabetic. How would this impact your day-to-day practice? D6: Discuss the options in the treatment of the morbidly obese child.
    •    Discussion: Describe any forms of neural stimulation you have discovered that weren't outlined in the assigned reading and resources. In your view, how will this technology develop over the next several years? How will this technology develop over the next decade? Give examples of future applications.
    •    Describe and cost the last major procedure that you performed. Explain what cost analysis method you used and why.
    Submission
    •    All submissions relating to tutorials will be delivered online via Colloquy’s online system.
    •    Examination location and date will be communicated by Program Coordinator and/or Program Administrator.
    •    Exam result turnaround time will be a maximum of 14 days.
    •    Any queries relating to classroom contribution can be discussed directly with ProgramCoordinator.
    •    Students should refer to the University’s Academic Honesty and Assessment Obligations for Coursework Students Policy & Coursework Students: Academic Dishonesty Procedures for information regarding written submissions: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/230/?dsn=policy.document;field=data;id=239;m=view
    •    Students should contact the Program Coordinator if;
    o    They are unable to complete their tutorial obligations;
    o    They are unable to attend an examination;
    o    They are unable to attend the clinical immersion workshop;
    o    They are unable to meet any deadlines that are set during the course.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

  • Student Support
    Academic:                     

    Professor Peter Hewett                 
    Program Coordinator                 
    The Queen Elizabeth Hospital            
    Email:  peter.hewett@health.sa.gov.au       
    Phone:  08 8222 6248                 

    Professor Guy Maddern
    Program Director
    Head of Discipline, Surgery
    The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
    Email:  guy.maddern@adelaide.edu.au
    Phone:  08 8222 8492 (Departmental Secretary)


    Administrative:

    MS Sally Lauder
    Program Administrator
    The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
    Email:  sally.lauder@health.sa.gov.au
    Phone:  08 8222 7024
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