SURG40080 Surgery

Academic Year 2023/2024

Indicative Module Description:This twelve week module is delivered in two six week sections and spans two trimesters. It runs back to back with Medicine 1 and Medicine 2 modules. There will be an interim assessment at the end of Autumn. The aim of the module is to introduce students to the basic principles and practice of surgery, and to expose students to a wide spectrum of clinical surgery. Teaching will be in the form of clinical attachments that will have a high level of patient and team exposure. The surgery modules encompasses 12 weeks (6 weeks in Autumn and 6 weeks in Spring) of clinical rotations /attachments in UCD-Affiliated teaching hospitals, centered principally at Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and St Vincent's University Hospital. Supporting this learning environment will be a series of lectures, small group tutorials, ward and outpatient teaching. Students will be required to follow patients through their clinical pathway, including participation in surgery as appropriate. A portfolio of case write-ups will form part of the assessment process.

Professionalism is integral to and will be assessed throughout the module. Any behavior which is considered to be in breach of professional behavior will be formally noted. This forms part of the ‘must pass’ component of the assessment.
Any behaviour which is considered to be in breach of professional behaviour as set out in the School's Statement on Fitness to Practice (in addition to the University's policy) will be formally noted.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Indicative Learning Outcomes:
Understand the pathophysiological basis of surgical disease.
Be competent in surgical history taking and clinical examination.
Have a knowledge of common surgical presentations and understand how to prioritise investigation and management.
Understand the principles of surgical intervention and be familiar with common surgical procedures.
Understand the process of informed consent.
Understand the principles of safety in the operating room and pre and post operative patient care.
Understand multidisclinary team care and the importance of multidisciplinary meeting in patient management.
Appreciate evidence based approach to patient management
Understand and practice professionalism in engaging with patients, staff and peers

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Small Group


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Placement/Work Experience




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Appreciate evidence-based approach in patient management and the role of innovation, technologies and clinical trials in surgery’s development. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Students will not be registered to modules in stage 5 Medicine BHMED001 or Stage 3 Graduate Entry to Medicine BHMED007 unless all preceding stages in their entirety have been successfully completed

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Additional Information:
Students will not be registered to modules in stage 5 Medicine BHMED001 or Stage 3 Graduate Entry to Medicine BHMED007 unless all preceding stages in their entirety have been successfully completed

Surgery (MDSA40080)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Continuous Assessment: Varies: participation, attendance, logbook, case write-ups (2 case write-ups to be submitted at end of Surgery A). Unspecified n/a Other No


Examination: Short answer paper. This exam is 1.5 hrs. Not 2hrs as specified in timing column. 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Other No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: (end semester 2) Varies over the Trimester n/a Other No


Oral Examination: OSCE Varies over the Trimester n/a Other Yes



Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat Within Two Trimesters
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

There will be an opportunity to repeat assessment in the summer after module’s conclusion. Feedback: on request and for students below passing grade.

Name Role
Mrs Siobhán Berg Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Liam Devane Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Khalid Kamel Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Gemma Moore Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Najiha Rahman Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Patrick Ryan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Lylas Aljohmani Tutor
Dr John Bradley Tutor
Dr Waqas Butt Tutor
Dr Laoise Coady Tutor
Dr Cian Davis Tutor
Assoc Professor Suzanne Donnelly Tutor
Dr Mark Donnelly Tutor
Mr Mark Donnelly Tutor
Dr Niall Kennedy Tutor
Dr Caitlyn Joy Yang Xin Loo Tutor
Dr Louise Lyons Tutor
Dr Rachael McBride Tutor
Dr Cathleen McCarrick Tutor
Dr Thérèse McCarthy Tutor
Dr Niall McInerney Tutor
Rosa McNamara Tutor
Ms Alice Moynihan Tutor
Dr Edward Murphy Tutor
Dr Aisling Ni Eochagain Tutor
Ms Denise O'Mara Tutor
George Petrov Tutor
Dr Odhran Ryan Tutor
Dr Josh Skeens Tutor
Dr Riya Varman Tutor
Dr Ruth Walsh Tutor