2020 Course CANCELLED!!!

2021 Course dates to be advised

James Cook University College of Medicine and Dentistry in association with The Cairns Surgical Society, Regional Medical Training and Queensland Health


The Anatomy of Surgical Exposure Course
Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August 2020
James Cook University, Smithfield Campus, Cairns , Queensland

This cadaver-based dissection course instructs surgical trainees and junior surgeons in the techniques of exposure commonly used in open surgical operations. It will be held in the modern anatomy laboratories at the Smithfield campus, under the supervision of experienced surgeons.

This is not primarily an anatomy teaching course; therefore a high degree of anatomical knowledge will be required for successful completion and candidates will be expected to perform procedures. A manual will be available to all registrants for pre-reading.

The curriculum will focus on open surgery. Candidates will be assisted with dissections and assessed on technical ability (knot tying, suture ligation, dissection and anastomosis), anatomical knowledge, and teamwork. The assessments will inform an individual de-briefing exercise at the end of the course. A certificate of completion will be issued at the conclusion of the course.

This course is accredited by The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.


The course is open to a maximum of 20 participants. There will be two candidates allocated to each station.

The course fee of $3,500 includes a course manual and access to online videos, a set of scrubs, cap and a course dinner.

James Cook University would like to extend a warm thank you to Johnson & Johnson whose ongoing support enables continuing professional education for surgeons across Australia and beyond.