So You Want To Be A Surgeon?


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The World Health Organization (WHO) projected an urgent need of physicians and surgeons in the next decade and the Lancet Commissions 2015 report indicated the need for surgical services will continue to rise substantially from now until 2030, in particular in the low-income and middle-income regions.

In light of the challenges of new diseases and the increase in the ageing population, medical and surgical care are ever more essential. The future needs more surgeons!

What do surgeons do? What conditions require surgical care? In this 6-week course, you will be guided through 15 surgical specialties by a team of 40+ clinical experts. You will have a chairside view of the day-to-day work life of a surgeon and learn about diagnosis, treatment planning and surgical care and see surgeons work in a multidisciplinary team to offer the best treatment for the patients.

Surgery is considered both an art and a science. Surgeons not only demonstrate specialist knowledge, techniques, talents and skills in their practice, at the same time, but they also make use of science and innovation, engaging in tremendous problem-solving and calculated decision-making in patient care.

Whether you aspire to become a surgeon, a physician, a nurse, or you wish to find out more about surgery, this MOOC will be a great roadmap for you.

will be introduced to general surgical conditions in different subspecialties and gain basic knowledge in the anatomy and clinical presentation of medical conditions in vascular, thyroid, breast, gastrointestinal and colorectal surgeries, hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgeries, transplant, head and neck, plastic and reconstructive surgeries, urology, paediatric surgery, trauma, cardiothoracic surgery, and neurosurgery.

  • You will learn about different types of diagnostic testing, imaging techniques, treatment planning, and management of different diseases, including the gold standard and minimally invasive treatment care options.
  • In addition to having an up-close view of the day-to-day work of a surgeon, you will be introduced to male and female surgeons at different stages of their career, from a surgical intern to the trainee (surgical resident, post-fellow), specialist, senior expert, and academic professor.
  • Last but not the least, you will explore some modern advances and new technologies in surgery including laparoscopic surgery, endoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, image-guided surgery and the use of artificial intelligence.
So You Want To Be A Surgeon?

Originally posted 2022-01-04 12:37:18.

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