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Surgery Course 351

Department of Surgery

Course Outline

I. Objectives of 351 Surgical Course

General Objectives:

i. Students who successfully complete the course are expected to be able to demonstrate the clinical skills and methods required to clinically define common surgical diseases.

ii. Students will have the ability to adopt a problem solving approach to common surgical diseases.

Specific Objectives:

At the end of the course students will be able to

i. Perform, record, present, and discuss in detail skills of history taking of common surgical diseases.

ii. Demonstrate knowledge of the symptoms and signs of common surgical diseases.

iii. Demonstrate appropriate skills to conduct comprehensive clinical examination of surgical patients.

iv. Demonstrate the appropriate ways to identify physical signs of common surgical diseases.

v. Formulate a reasonable differential diagnosis of surgical problems based on history and physical examination.

vi. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of common and urgent surgical problems.

vii. Adopt self learning techniques in particular with the use of the teaching laboratory aids.

Surgery Course 351

Department of Surgery

Course Outline

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II. Course content:

General Guidelines:

􀂾 the course contain a theoretical and a clinical part, that should work in harmony toward the set objectives rather than two separate courses.

􀂾 the course will be clinically oriented in its two parts.

􀂾 the theoretical part consist of 2 lectures per week, the students will be divided into three groups – two male and one female, each group will have a separate schedule, according to the college regulations.

􀂾 the clinical part consist of 2 clinical sessions per week.

􀂾 the course is composed of 8 credits hours in the medical school curriculum.

Clinical Sessions:

􀂾 the clinical sessions is the main part of the course, where students will learn in it the principles of history taking, clinical examination and problem solving approach for the common surgical diseases.

􀂾 Students will be divided into sub-groups, with an average of 10 students in each group.

􀂾 The clinical sessions will be composed of:

o bed-side teaching sessions.

o clinical skill laboratory sessions.

o surgical clinic sessions.

o surgical emergency sessions.

􀂾 All the 4 different clinical allocations will serve the main objectives of the course.

􀂾 Detailed distribution of students will be arranged accordingly.


􀂾 Theoretical lectures will serve to give more explanation of the clinical practice in a problem based approach.

􀂾 The objective of each lecture (syllabus) will be clearly identified (see appendix I).

􀂾 The suggested table of lectures as listed below:



Introduction to mechanisms of trauma and treatment


Specific organ trauma


Sterilization and operation room set-up


History of surgery


Surgical Infections and antibiotics


Wounds and wound healing


I.V. Fluids and acid base disorder


Blood products and transfusion


Shock and metabolic response to surgery


Injuries due to burn


Nutrition of the surgical patient


General complications of surgery


Principles of surgical oncology

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