The University of Newcastle, Australia
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5 weekends, once a month for a 5 month period


$9,900 (inc GST)


Medical Sciences West
Callaghan Campus


The course has Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA) approval and accreditation from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

The Advanced Surgical Anatomy Postgraduate Training Course (ASAPTC) is designed to provide supervised comprehensive cadaver dissection training and topographical studies in Anatomy to the standard required for the General Surgical Sciences Examination (Anatomy) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

The course will be delivered by the Discipline of Anatomy, (School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy, University of Newcastle), in collaboration with the Hunter New England Local Health District Surgical Training Network.

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What you will study

The following learning modalities will be utilised:

  • Dissection: Four intensive topic based workshop weekends (16 hours per weekend). Each weekend will provide learning opportunities utilizing whole body dissection, prosected specimens, osteology and relevant medical imaging.
  • Detailed instruction provided throughout the course: Instruction will be from both clinical anatomists and specialist surgeons and radiologists.
  • Distance learning: Reading and studying utilizing online library resources.
  • Final formal examinations: A fifth (5th) and final weekend will be dedicated for final formal examinations that include a 2 hour theory exam covering all 4 topic weekends, a practical identification examination and a 4 station oral viva examination.

The course will provide 20 units of elective credit in the Master of Clinical Epidemiology or 20 units of specified credit in the Master of Traumatology (Surgery specialisation option) conducted at the University of Newcastle.

The ASAPTC is eligible for CPD points with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists.

Meet the instructors

Josephine Smith

Josephine Smith has been teaching Anatomy in the School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy, University of Newcastle, since 2006. Josephine has extensive experience in course coordination, lecturing, anatomy demonstration, student supervision (Year 5 Medicine Special Studies Option - anatomical dissection), and the provision of continuing education opportunities in Anatomy for professional groups (Hunter New England Health Surgical Training Programme, Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Podiatrists).

Course details

Course objectives

The postgraduate training course will provide students with:

  • a sound knowledge of regional anatomy appropriate for safe and competent surgical practice;
  • a sound knowledge of clinically important developmental and functional anatomy, and anatomical variations related to the areas studied;
  • an ability to identify structures and their anatomical relationships in protected specimens and associated imaging;
  • an ability to communicate anatomical concepts clearly, precisely and concisely.

Course assessments

  1. multiple-choice examination
  2. oral (viva voce) examination
  3. practical identification examination

Assumed knowledge / course prerequisite

This course is designed to provide advanced professional training for doctors preparing to undertake the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons General Surgical Sciences Anatomy Examination or similar studies in which advanced anatomy learning is indicated. Completion of an undergraduate medical degree such as a MBBS or an equivalent qualification is a prerequisite for undertaking the Advanced Surgical Anatomy Postgraduate Training Course.

Course timetable

Intensive On-Campus Weekend Dates:
DayDateCourse Name
Saturday and SundayMarch 30th, 31stIntroduction, superficial and deep lower limb, external pelvis module
Saturday and SundayApril 27th, 28thHead, anterior neck and CNS module
Saturday and SundayMay 25th, 26thUpper limb, anterior and posterior chest wall, vertebral column module
Saturday and SundayJune 22nd, 23rdThorax, abdomen and internal pelvis module
Saturday and SundayJuly 27th, 28thFormal theory, identification and oral viva examinations

Contact hours

The postgraduate training course will consist of 80 contact hours and 200 hours of self directed learning.

Course location

The course will be conducted in the Anatomy Laboratory in the Medical Sciences West Building (MSW - level 3), University of Newcastle, Callaghan Campus, University Drive, Callaghan, NSW 2308.

How to apply

Applications for the 2019 course are now being received.

To lodge an expression of interest for the 2019 Advanced Surgical Anatomy Postgraduate Training Course please email:

Close of applications: Friday January 18th, 2019

Please Note: Places in the 2019 course will be limited to 24 candidates.

Contact for Further Information

Josephine Smith
MPhty, DipGrad Physiology, Dip Phty

Lecturer in Anatomy,
Discipline of Anatomy,
School of Biomedical Sciences & Pharmacy
Life Sciences Building, Room 2-37
University of Newcastle

Phone: 02 4921 6310