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The Edi Edinbu nburgh rgh Surgi cal Sciences Sciences Qualifi Qualifi cation Cert Certif ific icate, ate, Diplom Dipl oma a and MSc MSc in Surgi cal Sciences Sciences Programme rog ramme Ha Handbook ndb ook 2011-2012

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh: Uniting Professional & Academic Excellence

 August 2011

Foreword Welcome to the Edinburgh Surgical Sciences Qualification, Cert / Dip / MSc in Surgical Sciences delivered by online distance learning. You are expected to read this handbook carefully, and in conjunction with the University’s Code of Practice for Taught Postgraduate Programmes Programmes.. This handbook is designed to help you make the most of your time on the programme by providing essential and useful information relating to the course in a readily accessible, indexed form. Some important general aspects covered in this handbook are amplified in the University’s Code of Practice for Taught Postgraduate Programmes. This handbook does not in itself constitute or in any way supersede the University’s Regulations,, which you are also expected to familiarise yourself with. Having the Regulations status of guidance, this handbook describes the Postgraduate School’s recommended practice but does not preclude its recommendations being waived in certain circumstances if good reason for such departure can be found. University of Edinburgh Regulations Regulations 2011/12 http://www.drps.ed.ac.uk/11-12/regulations/in http://www.drps.ed.ac.uk/11-12 /regulations/index.php dex.php

University of Edinburgh Taught Postgraduate Programmes Assessment Regulations Regulations 2011/12 http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/academic-service http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/aca demic-services/students/postgra s/students/postgraduateduatetaught/assessment http://www.docs.sasg.ed.ac.uk/AcademicServices/Regulation http://www.docs.sasg.ed.ac.uk/AcademicServ ices/Regulations/TaughtAssessm s/TaughtAssessmentRe entRe gulations.pdf 

Code of Practice for Taught Postgraduate Programmes Programmes http://www.docs.sasg.ed.ac.uk/AcademicServ http://www.docs.sasg.ed.ac.uk /AcademicServices/Codes/CoPTau ices/Codes/CoPTaughtPGProgramm ghtPGProgrammes es .pdf 

Foreword Welcome to the Edinburgh Surgical Sciences Qualification, Cert / Dip / MSc in Surgical Sciences delivered by online distance learning. You are expected to read this handbook carefully, and in conjunction with the University’s Code of Practice for Taught Postgraduate Programmes Programmes.. This handbook is designed to help you make the most of your time on the programme by providing essential and useful information relating to the course in a readily accessible, indexed form. Some important general aspects covered in this handbook are amplified in the University’s Code of Practice for Taught Postgraduate Programmes. This handbook does not in itself constitute or in any way supersede the University’s Regulations,, which you are also expected to familiarise yourself with. Having the Regulations status of guidance, this handbook describes the Postgraduate School’s recommended practice but does not preclude its recommendations being waived in certain circumstances if good reason for such departure can be found. University of Edinburgh Regulations Regulations 2011/12 http://www.drps.ed.ac.uk/11-12/regulations/in http://www.drps.ed.ac.uk/11-12 /regulations/index.php dex.php

University of Edinburgh Taught Postgraduate Programmes Assessment Regulations Regulations 2011/12 http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/academic-service http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/aca demic-services/students/postgra s/students/postgraduateduatetaught/assessment http://www.docs.sasg.ed.ac.uk/AcademicServices/Regulation http://www.docs.sasg.ed.ac.uk/AcademicServ ices/Regulations/TaughtAssessm s/TaughtAssessmentRe entRe gulations.pdf 

Code of Practice for Taught Postgraduate Programmes Programmes http://www.docs.sasg.ed.ac.uk/AcademicServ http://www.docs.sasg.ed.ac.uk /AcademicServices/Codes/CoPTau ices/Codes/CoPTaughtPGProgramm ghtPGProgrammes es .pdf 

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Welcome Welcome to the ESSQ ESSQ............ ....................... ...................... ...................... ....................... ....................... ...................... .................1 ......1 Getting Started.................................................................................................2 Educational Aims of the Programme................................................................3 Eligibility Requirements....................................................................................4 Programme Outcomes.....................................................................................4 Programme Programme Team........... Team ...................... ....................... ....................... ...................... ....................... ....................... ...................... ............. ..6 6 Main Programme Programme Contacts Contacts ..................... ................................. ....................... ...................... ...................... .......................6 ............6  Academic Support and Guidance Guidance ......................... ............ ......................... ......................... .......................... .................. ..... 7 Postgraduate Decision-making Structure.........................................................9 Calendar of the Academic Year 2011/12 ......................... ............ ......................... ......................... .................... ....... 9 ESSQ Programme Content and Structure ......................... ............ .......................... .......................... ............... ..10 10 Year 1: Certificate Certificate ...................... .................................. ....................... ...................... ....................... ....................... ......................10 ...........10 Year 2: Diploma Diploma ...................... ................................. ...................... ....................... ....................... ...................... ...................... ...............12 ....12 Years 1 and 2: Examinatio Examination n Procedure Procedure ...................... ................................. ....................... ....................... ............. 15 Year 3: MSc Research Project.......................................................................16 Progression Requirements and Assessment Procedure................................17 Plagiarism and Cheating................................................................................19 Late Submissio Submission n ....................... .................................. ...................... ...................... ....................... ....................... ...................... ............. ..21 21 Interruptions or Extensions to Study ......................... ............ ........................... ........................... ....................... .......... 21 Procedures for Academic Appeals.................................................................23 University of Edinburgh Administrative Contacts .......................... ............. .......................... ................. ....24 24 Tuition Tuition Fees ...................... .................................. ....................... ...................... ...................... ....................... ....................... ....................24 .........24 Electronic Etiquette and Conduct...................................................................25 Independent Study.........................................................................................25 MyEd................. MyEd............................ ...................... ...................... ....................... ....................... ...................... ...................... ....................... ...............25 ...25 University University E-mail E-mail ....................... .................................. ...................... ...................... ....................... ....................... ...................... ............. ..26 26 Your University (Student) Card ........................ ........... .......................... .......................... .......................... .................... ....... 26 IT and Computing Support.............................................................................26 University Computing Regulations .......................... ............. .......................... ......................... ......................... ............... 27 Using the University Library ......................... ............ .......................... .......................... ......................... ........................ ............ 27 EUSA and the Advice Advice Place Place ..................... ................................. ....................... ...................... ...................... ...................28 ........28 Student Counselling Service..........................................................................28 Disability Disability Office Office ....................... .................................. ...................... ....................... ....................... ...................... ...................... ...............29 ....29 Chaplainc Chaplaincy y ...................... .................................. ....................... ...................... ...................... ....................... ....................... ......................29 ...........29 Representation and Feedback.......................................................................29 Matriculatio Matriculation n ..................... ................................ ....................... ....................... ...................... ....................... ....................... ....................30 .........30 Quality Assurance..........................................................................................30 Course Course Enrolment Enrolment........... ...................... ....................... ....................... ...................... ....................... ....................... ......................30 ...........30 Graduation Graduation ...................... .................................. ....................... ...................... ...................... ....................... ....................... ......................30 ...........30  Appendix I, Degree Programme Table Table ..................................................................32  Appendix II, Mark Grade Description for for Discussion Board Participation....... 33  Appendix III, Mark Grade Description for MCQ Participation Participation ......................... ............. ............ 34  Appendix IV, Mark Grade Description Description for Mini-Essay .......................... ............. ....................... .......... 35  Appendix V, Mark Grade Description Description for Critical Review Task ...................... ............ .......... 36

Welcome to the ESSQ  All those involved in developing and in delivering the Edinburgh Surgical Sciences Qualification welcome you to this innovative and unique programme. This joint qualification for surgical trainees represents a historic collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh who have been at the forefront of innovations in surgical education and assessment over centuries. Our first group of students graduated from the programme in July 2010 and it is evident from the increasing number of applicants and from the student feedback that this course really does meet the needs of surgical trainees in their formative years. We are very pleased you have chosen to take the ESSQ, and w e very much hope you will enjoy your time studying with us. This jointly awarded modular qualification is intended to lead you through the early years of training within the new core or runthrough training programmes in surgery. The programme is designed for busy trainees who are looking to develop their knowledge base and its application during their clinical training. Delivered online with end-of-year Certificate and Diploma examinations in Edinburgh and internationally, it offers a strong grounding in basic sciences as applied to surgery. In the United Kingdom, the ESSQ is intended to take you via a modular route to the equivalent level of the MRCS (Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons). It enables you to gain educational credits from the University that are validated by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, leading progressively to a Certificate (Year 1), Diploma (Year 2) and a Master of Science (MSc) in Surgical Sciences (Year 3). You can take the MRCS examination whenever you choose but Year 1 is set at a level roughly equivalent to MRCS Part A and Year 2 aims to prepare you for Part B. For those who are in the early years of training but not intending to undertake the MRCS examination, the programme does offer a robust means of consolidating knowledge as applied to the basic surgical sciences. Since this is a distance learning course, we appreciate that this may represent a new way of learning for you, and we aim t o make this new experience a rewarding one. The technology will allow you to study from anywhere in the world, thus students from many different counties and backgrounds come together to form an online community which has the capacity to provide a rich and unique learning experience. We emphasise that students are not in competition with one other - there is, for example, no limit on the number of “distinctions” available - and that t here are many advantages in participating in a group learning environment. Furthermore, there is now increasing emphasis on in-course assessment and timely undertaking of course assignments combined with interaction on discussion boards will make the end of year examination less daunting and prepare you well for the MRCS examination if you are preparing yourself for this professional qualification. You are therefore encouraged to get to know and support each other using the various communication tools which are provided by eeSURG, your virtual learning environment. This will enable you to form a supportive online learning community and to build your own network of academic colleagues for the future. We expect that this course will provide a stronger base for surgical learning and one that meets the needs of the modern surgeon's further training and career development.

Professor O James Garden Regius Professor of Clinical Surgery, University of Edinburgh ESSQ Programme Dir ector 

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Getting Started On the first day of the programme you will be e-mailed a username and password for the eeSURG learning environment: http://learning.essq.ed.ac.uk This is separate to your MyEd account which will enable you to access regularly e-mail and online resources held by the University library (see page 27).

The eeSURG Homepage

You will also receive a username and password to access three key texts for Years 1 and 2 using Elsevier’s Student Consult service. The timetable for each year is displayed along the left hand side of the eeSURG homepage, and current work and notices from the ESSQ team appear and update in the centre of the screen. Your previous work is always available to you but you cannot access upcoming modules in advance.  Along the right hand side of the home page you will find links to a vast knowledgebase and the community pages where you have your own profile and meet your classmates and e-tutors on the discussion boards. Discussion boards are linked to the individual elements of each module and require your active participation since these are assessed. There are also helpdesks which are not assessed, and non-academic boards where members of all years can meet. Please remember to check your University of Edinburgh e-mail account at least twice a week or set up a forwarding address to your personal account. Details of how to do this are here. Note: After the cou rse start date, all e-mail cor respondence (including deadlines and feedback/grades) will be sent onl y to yo ur University of Edinburgh e-mail account. Your personal e-mail accounts w ill no longer be used by ESSQ staff.

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Educational Aims of the Programme The Edinbur gh Surgical Sciences Qualification comprises a postgraduate programme which can lead to a Certific ate, Diplo ma and the Degree of MSc in Surgical Sciences. The programme is run jointly by the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. The programme is aimed at trainee surgeons who wish to obtain a knowledge base and to consolidate skills acquired during undergraduate medical training and during the two subsequent Foundation years in the United Kingdom. Being online, it also suits surgeons in other countries looking to benefit f rom a supportive learning environment during the early years of their surgical training. The programme also offers a high quality training programme in basic core surgery to complement the current MRCS examination. The ESSQ is based on a recognised syllabus with a focus on knowledge of applied basic surgical science in a clinical context. The syllabus is based on all the generic elements taken from the nine syllabi submitted to the former Postgraduate Medical Education Training Board (now merged with the General Medical Council, GMC) by the surgical specialties together with the relevant elements from t he GMC publication Good Medical Practice. The programme aims to ensure that students acquire: •















knowledge of basic sciences required for a surgical career and have demonstrated their ability to apply these appropriately; the necessary basic technical and management skills in the care of the critically ill patient; knowledge of physiology, anatomy, embryology and disease pathology that will underpin early surgical training across the broad range of surgical specialties; specific knowledge to a greater depth in the foregoing areas, according to the specialty interest and clinical exposure of the ab initio surgical trainee; surgical and investigative techniques applicable to selected surgical specialties and in generic techniques applicable to minor procedures across a range of surgical specialties; peri-operative management including general management of the postoperative patient and wound care; clinical decision making and judgement skills as applied to surgical patients in the elective, urgent and emergency clinical setting; professional and other generic aspects of surgical practice

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Eligibility Requirements ESSQ students should meet the criteria stipulated on the ESSQ website: www.essq.rcsed.ac.uk Students are expected to be in a clinical training post for the duration of their study. Technical requirements fo r onli ne learning ESSQ students will need access to a Mac or Windows based computer with internet access for the entirety of the course. The eeSURG platform supports Internet explorer and Firefox web browsers, although Firefox is preferred. For most of eeSURG’s content a 56k (33kbps) modem or 2G (10kbps) mobile internet will be sufficient. Students should be confident navigating the world-wide-web and be proficient with office based packages such as Microsoft Office or OpenOffice. For further details regarding online learning at Edinburgh University please see IT and Computing Support on page 26.

Programme Outcomes The ESSQ is a taught, part-time MSc course delivered over three years. Modules are offered by distance e-learning designed to run alongside clinical training and complement in-the-workplace assessment. Taught components are delivered to groups of students through bulletin boards and discussion forums using a clinical problem-based review of the course material, and in the Certificate level especially, focuses on case scenarios of common surgical disease that the trainee is likely to encounter in the early years of surgical training. Individual surgical research training is provided through a research-based dissertation in the third year of study on a topic to be chosen by the student. Graduates will be expected to be able to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attributes listed below. Knowl edge and Understanding •

Knowledge of applied anatomy relevant to the practice of surgery



Knowledge of applied physiology relevant to the practice of surgery





Knowledge of applied pathology and bacteriology relevant to the practice of surgery An understanding of the preoperative assessment and management of the surgical patient



An understanding of the postoperative and critical care of the surgical patient



An understanding of research and teaching methodology



Knowledge and an understanding of evidence based surgery



Interactive clinical and written communication skills with patients and fellow health care professionals within a multidisciplinary setting

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Intellectual Skills •

Ability to exercise critical judgement in the management of the surgical patient



Ability to evaluate the appropriate investigative options of the surgical patient



















Ability to apply theory and evidence to the assessment and management of the surgical patient Ability to evaluate the appropriate treatment options for specific surgical conditions Self evaluation skills including the ability to make patient referrals when appropriate Ability to account for clinical decisions and actions in the management of the surgical patient Ability to analyse published evidence Ability to apply the principles of evidence-based medicine to professional practice in surgery Commitment to the role of a multi-disciplinary team approach to the management of the surgical patient Application of communication skills in the context of obtaining informed consent Ability to conduct small-scale investigation and/or research projects in surgical practice

Professional/Subject-specific/Practical Skills •











An ability to plan and achieve identified goals in a personal and professional context Recognition of the changing nature of knowledge and ability to acquire new knowledge for currency of surgical practice Ability to work and communicate within a multi-disciplinary team environment care Awareness of ethical practice and adherence to professional codes of practice Commitment to improving outcomes for patients suffering from surgical pathology Accept responsibilities for professional actions, including where relevant, clinical decisions in different practice settings

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Transferable Skills •







Ability to use information technology for professional and personal development Information literacy skills including the ability to locate, evaluate and use information in a range of contexts Organisational and time management skills in both professional and clinical contexts An ability to deliver leadership within a multidisciplinary environment

Programme Team The Programme Director, Year Directors, Academic e-Facilitator, and e-tutors are responsible for the smooth running of the MSc in Surgical Sciences. Your main contact will be with the ESSQ Office at RCSEd [email protected] The Programme Director through the ESSQ Office is responsible for promotion and admission, coordination of teaching inputs, examinations, programme evaluation, and curriculum development. The Programme Director and individual Year Directors are there to facilitate students’ orientation and smooth progression through the various elements of the ESSQ, from the initial Certificate and Diploma years to successful completion of the dissertation in the third (MSc) year. Subject-specialist e-Tutors provide academic support through online discussion boards during Years 1 and 2 and Masters Project Supervisors support you during Year 3. The Programme Director is your senior supervisor. On successful completion of Year 2, you are invited to nominate a supervisor appropriate for your chosen project topic if you are intending to progress to MSc level in year 3. Contacts for the programme are listed below. The ESSQ Main Office [email protected] is the first point of contact for students and will distribute messages to the programme team on your behalf. Students may contact the Year Directors, Programme Director or Academic eFacilitator directly if their message is of a more personal nature.

Main Programme Contacts ESSQ Main Off ice Ms Caroline Smith – Programme Manager Ms Kaisey Baillie – Programme Administrator The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Nicolson Street, Edinburgh. EH8 9DW Hours: 9-5pm, Mon –Fri Tel: +44 (0) 131 527 1604 Fax: +44 (0) 131 557 6406 E-mail: [email protected] Web: www.essq.rcsed.ac.uk

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 Ac ademic e-Facili tat or Dr Paula Smith The University of Edinburgh Tel: +44 (0) 131 242 2878 E-mail: [email protected]

Programme Director Professor O James Garden Regius Professor of Clinical Surgery The University of Edinburgh Clinical and Surgical Sciences (Surgery) Royal Infirmary Edinburgh EH16 4SA Tel: +44 (0) 131 242 3614 Fax: +44 (0) 131 242 3617 E-mail : Or

[email protected] [email protected]

University of Edinburgh School of Surgery Website:

www.surgery.ed.ac.uk

Year Directors c an be contacted thr ough the ESSQ Offic e: Year 1 Directo r Ms Anna Paisley Consultant General and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer The University of Edinburgh Year 2 Directo r Mr Peter Lamb Consultant General and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer The University of Edinburgh Year 3 Directo r Professor Stephen Wigmore Professor of Transplantation Surgery The University of Edinburgh

 Academic Support and Guidance You are supported throughout the course by a variety of subject-specialist surgical etutors who report to the Year Director or to an e-module leader. Personal profiles of e-tutors are available on the eeSURG learning environment, and you will also have your own personal profile page. A number of non-surgical guest e-tutors also assist periodically, providing additional support for the teaching of individual units within the courses.

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The Programme e-Tutors’ role is to: •

Support students in undertaking the prescribed course material through the compulsory, assessed discussion boards

The e-Modu le Leaders’  role is to: •

Support students and e-Tutors during their module, ensure content is up-todate and report any issues or suggestions to the Year and Programme Directors.

The Masters Project Supervisors ’ role is to: •

Take responsibility for the supervision of a student year 3 research project.

The Year Directors’ role is to: •

Support students, e-Module leaders and e-Tutors as they progress through the year, responding to feedback and developing the content and teaching in that year.

The Academic e-Facilit ator’s r ole is to: • •

Co-ordinate the international network of e-Module leaders and e-Tutors. Ensure that students are appropriately informed to participate in learning activities and assessment.

 An online course is quite different from traditional face-to-face learning environments, but it offers unique opportunities for students. Many online learners find they have a greater interaction with tutors and peers, and they can access the learning materials at a time and place that suits them. • •

Monitor student progress and provide formative feedback. Evaluate and improve the programme by collating student feedback.

Feedback is very much a two-way process, and we encourage you to let us know if you have views or suggestions regarding the ESSQ programme by regular e-mail to the e-facilitator, and also by completing the end of semester online questionnaires. It is important you inform us of any issues in a timely manner: we can try to implement change if we know about problems during the course rather than the end! If you are unsure about any aspect of the course or wish to discuss your progress informally, please contact Dr Paula Smith ( [email protected]).

The Programme Director ’s role is to: •

• • •

Give advice and guidance on core courses before students begin the programme and provide them with support. Keep track of students’ progress throughout the programme of study. Provide advice and guidance for in-course and end-of-year assessment. Advise when students are seeking interruption of studies or extension.

It is your responsibility to inform the Programme Director through the ESSQ office immediately of any problems that are interfering with your coursework or progress

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through the Programme, including any religious or medical requirements that might affect your participation in any aspect of the Programme.

Postgraduate Decision-making Structure Postgraduate activity in the School of Clinical Sciences and Community Health is overseen by the School Postgraduate Studies Committee. The Committee reports to the College Postgraduate Studies Committee, and deals with all matters that affect postgraduate students in the School.

Calendar of the Academic Year 2011/12 The ESSQ programme begins on 5th September 2011, and the semester and assessment/examination dates are as follows: Year 1 Semester 1 Christmas Break Semester 2 Easter break Semester 2 (cont.) Revision Period End-of Year Examination (first diet) End-of Year Examination (second diet)

05 September - 18 December 2011 19 December 2011 – 01 January 2012 02 January – 25 March 2012 26 March – 08 April 2012 09 April – 20 May 2012 21 May – 11 June 2012 Tuesday, 12 June 2012 Thursday, 19 July 2012

Year 2 Semester 1 Pre-operative Care Mini-Essay Deadline General Surgery Mini-Essay Deadline Christmas Break Semester 2 Orthopaedics Mini-Essay Deadline Easter break Semester 2 (cont.) Critical Review Deadline Revision Period End-of Year Examination (first diet) End-of Year Examination (second diet)

05 September - 18 December 2011 24 October 2011 05 December 2011 19 December 2011 – 01 January 2012 02 January – 25 March 2012 26 March 2012 26 March – 08 April 2012 09 April – 20 May 2012 21 May 2012 21 May – 11 June 2012 Tuesday, 12 June 2012 Thursday, 19 July 2012

Year 3 Start of Year Project Outline Deadline Project Summary Deadline e-Poster Deadline Masters Project Report Deadline

05 September 2011 03 October 2011 05 December 2011 19 March 2012 Monday, 30 April 2012

Marks and Feedback Students can expect to receive feedback on their in-course assessments within three-weeks of the submission date/end of discussion board. Feedback on online MCQ attempts is immediate. Examination/Masters Project Report and end-of-year results will be issued following ratification by the Board of Examiners. Examination Bo ards Examination Board meetings for each Year take place t wice a year, in May/June and  August. An External Examiner is appointed for every MSc programme to moderate and adjudicate marking.

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The University Academic Year can be found at http://www.ed.ac.uk/news/semesterdates/201112

ESSQ Programme Content and Structure Time required to achieve qualifications: Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) MSc (180 credits)

12 months 24 months 36 months

In this section you will find further information of the content for each of the courses, including details of aims and objectives and assessment tasks. Please note that additional information on the timing and content of modules is provided on the eeSURG learning environment http://learning.essq.ed.ac.uk. In developing this course it is understood that the training doctor will have variable demands on time with peaks and troughs of activity which will impact on the participation of discussion boards. However, you will be expected to participate actively in the online discussion activity for each topic and will also be expected to complete the equivalent of around 10 hours of self-directed study per week during the programme semesters. This will involve working to the programme timetable and reading the identified reference texts and journal articles. If you experience any pro blems and find t hat you are struggli ng at any point, you m ust c ontact t he Year and Programme Director throu gh th e ESSQ Office, as soon as possi ble.

Year 1: Certificate Candidates who complete successfully 3×20 credit core courses (60 credit points) of compulsory coursework within the first 12 months and pass the required examination are eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Certificate. Core Course 1: Applied Surgical Anatomy Core Course 2: Applied Surgical Physiology Core Course 3: Applied Surgical Pathology The topics above are covered via a series of modules: Semester 1: 1. Introduction 2. Cardiovascular and Respiratory (CVR A-E) 3. NMIH (1) Neoplasia and Microbiology Semester 2: 4. NMIH (2) Immunology and Haematology 5. Gastrointestinal (GI1 and GI 2) and Transplant 6. Colorectal 7. Urology 8. Locomotor and Plastics 9. Endocrinology, Breast & Skin 10. ENT / Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

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Year 1: Levels and Credits (Core Courses: Anatom y; Physio logy; Patholog y) Postgraduate level SCQF level 11 20 SCOTCAT credits Compulsory part of degree • • • •

Year 1: Pre-requisites and Co-requisites • •



None, other than the programme entry requirements. Students MUST participate in the programme to progress and participation is monitored and assessed. To progress to Year 2 students must pass the end-of-year examination (which contributes to 75% of total marks) combined with the total grade for the incourse assessment of discussion board (15%) and MCQ-attempt participation (10%).

Year 1: Aim s and Purpose Through a series of typical cases encountered on the ward, Year 1 introduces the student to 1) human anatomy 2) human physiology and 3) human pathology and microbiology relevant to surgical practice in general. Year 1 aims to: 1) Ensure that you assimilate knowledge of the applied anatomy that will be required for a surgical career including sound three dimensional knowledge of the anatomy relevant to surgical practice and to the major imaging methods. Sufficient knowledge of applied surgical embryology should be acquired to allow understanding of common congenital abnormalities and acquire basic knowledge of the normal microscopic structure of tissues and organs. 2) Ensure that you have a working knowledge of the general physiological principles that maintain homeostasis, have knowledge of the physiology of specific organ systems and understand the application of these principles in the preoperative assessment, operative management and postoperative care of the surgical patient. 3) Ensure that you have a sound understanding of pathology and microbiology as applied to general surgical practice and that will underpin surgical training across the broad range of surgical specialties in t he early years of your clinical experience.

Year 1: Learning Objectives Year 1 aims to ensure that you have a sound understanding of anatomy, physiology, pathology and microbiology as applied to general surgical practice and that will underpin surgical training across the broad range of surgical specialties in the early years of your clinical experience. Learning objectives for individual virtual cases are available at the start of each case on the eeSURG learning environment.

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Year 1: A ssessment  Assessment consists of two main components: • •

In-course participation assessment (25%) End-of-year examination (75%)

Note: the relative weightin g of in-course assessment has incr eased this year to reflect the importance of this formativ e assessment. Year 1 is assessed during the course, primarily by meaningful participation in online discussion with e-tutors (15%). Participation is assessed by the e-tutor at the end of each discussion board period. Students are expected to undertake each of the case scenarios through which the formative MCQs are accessed. These are not marked individually but serve to reinforce the acquisition of the knowledge base linked to each case and module. However, students who attempt over 75% of the available self-test MCQs are awarded 10% towards the final assessment for the year  At the start of the academic year there are 140 sets of self-test MCQs within the online cases of Year 1 (approximately 1,300 questions) and these may be added to during the course of the year. The marking criteria for assessment of discussion and participation is available at the end of this handbook. Please be aware that poor performance during the year can affect adversely the prospects of passing the overall assessment and of being permitted to progress to an MSc. Similarly, a good performance during the year can compensate for a poor performance in the end-of-year assessment. The formative assessment activities allow you to regularly evaluate your learning and modify your progress. You will find the discussion boards provide a stimulating environment for you to interact with and learn from e-tutors as well as other students, and these also offer valuable networking opportunities. The end-of-year examination (Single Best Answer and Extended Matching Questions) aims to ensure integration of the applied basic sciences into surgical practice in general. Key principles that underpin assessment activities are evidencebased practice and the application of theory to clinical practice. Year 1: Student Load You are expected to participate actively in the online discussion activity and self-test MCQs for each module. You are also expected to complete around 10 hours of selfdirected study per week, working online following the eeSURG study schedule.

Year 2: Diploma Students who complete successfully a further 60 (6×10, giving a total of 120) credit points of coursework within the first 24 months and pass the required examination are eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma. Core Course 4: Preoperative Assessment Core Course 5: Principles of Surgical Management Core Course 6: Principles of Postoperative and Critical Care Core Course 7: Surgical and Communication Skills Core Course 8: Specialist Surgery Core Course 9: Academic Activity

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The courses above are covered via a series of modules: Semester 1: 1. Pre-operative Care 2. Surgical Skills / Communication Skills 1 3. Principles of Surgical Management 1 (General Surgery / Surgical Oncology) 4. Communication Skills 2 5. Principles of Surgical Management 2 (Paediatrics, Vascular Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Urology, Breast Surgery / Endocrine) Semester 2: 6. Principles of Post-operative and critical care (Peri-operative Care, Critical Care and Trauma) 7. Principles of Surgical Management 3 (Orthopaedic Surgery, ENT/OMFS, Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery) 8. Academic Surgery Year 2: Levels and Credit s (Core Courses: Preoperative Assessment; Principles of Surgical Management; Principles of Postoperative and Critic al Care; Surgical and Communication Skills; Specialist Surgery; Academic Activity) • • • •

Postgraduate level SCQF level 11 10 SCOTCAT credits Compulsory part of degree

Year 2: Pre-requisites and Co-requisites • •

Students must have passed the Certificate year Participation is key to a students’ success in the ESSQ. Participation is monitored and assessed. To progress to Year 3, students must pass the end-of-year examination (which contributes to 70% of overall year mark) which is combined with the total grade for the in-course assessment of four mini-essays (15%), discussion board participation (10%) and MCQ-attempt participation (5%).

Year 2: Aim s and Purpose Year 2 introduces you to 1)

Pre-operative care

2)

The principles of surgical management,

3)

The principles of the post-operative management and critical care

4)

Basic surgical and communication skills

Year 2 aims to ensure that you have an understanding of the principles of: 1) The pre-operative assessment and management of the surgical patient, including anaesthetic and haematological issues in the surgical patient

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