Surgeons operate on patients to correct deformities, repair injuries, prevent and treat diseases and improve human body functions and appearance. As well as performing surgical operations, surgeons must consult with a range of other medical professionals, provide advice and explanations to patients, and maintain records.  Surgeons manage patients who are acutely unwell, and an also patients who present for elective surgery. The role of surgeons includes preparing patients for surgery, conducting surgical procedures, and managing patients in the post-operative phase.

Surgeons work in a variety of fields in public and private hospitals and, among a range of specialties and sub-specialties, including urology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, paediatric surgery, cardiothoracic, neurosurgery, orthopaedic, vascular and general surgery.

The Discipline of Surgery contributes significantly to the Joint Medical Program. The JMP Bachelor of Medicine is equally focussed on the disciplines of medicine and surgery, and it is equivalent to an MBBS qualification. Students in the JMP learn surgical competency through problem based learning, self-directed learning, hospital based placements, and simulation.

All of our JMP graduates will work in surgery, and many will go on to become surgeons in a range of areas.