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So You Want To Be A Surgeon?

The University of Hong Kong via edX


The World Health Organization (WHO) projected 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 increase in the aging 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, they 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.










So You Want To Be A Surgeon is a 6-Week-6-Module course covering 15 surgical specialities including, 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. ****

Module 1

1.1 Vascular Surgery

1.2 Endocrine Surgery

1.3 Breast Surgery

Module 2

2.1 Esophageal & Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery

2.2 Colorectal Surgery

Module 3

3.1 Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery

3.2 Transplant Surgery

Module 4

4.1 Head and Neck Surgery

4.2 Otorhinolaryngology

4.3 Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Module 5

5.1 Urology

5.2 Paediatric Surgery

Module 6

6.1 Trauma Surgery

6.2 Cardiothoracic Surgery

6.3 Neurosurgery

Learners will learn about the general surgical conditions, clinical testing, treatment planning and management and surgical operations through flexible modular learning in 15 speciality sections in the course. Furthermore, learners will be introduced to advances and techniques being practiced in different surgical specialties today, as well as, evidence-based research of surgical conditions and treatment. Learners will also have the opportunity to learn about the career path of a surgeon and get a close up view of the roles and responsibilities and gain some career advice from surgeons at different stages of their career.

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Taught by

Stephen Wing-Keung CHENG, Ian Yu-Hong WONG, Kent-Man CHU, Ava KWONG, Brian Hung-Hin LANG, Simon Ying-Kit LAW, Wai-Lun LAW, Gilberto Ka-Kit LEUNG, Paul Kwong-Hang TAM, Yiu-Che CHAN, Velda Ling-Yu CHOW, Patrick Ho-Yu CHUNG, Dominic Chi-Chung FOO, Nicholas KOTEWALL, Wayne LAM and Anderson Chun-On TSANG


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