Surgical Skills Module Details

Details of the modules offered on the MSc Surgical Skills Joint Programme with Queen Mary University of London and the University of Malta are below.

Taught: Semester 1 (year 1)

Taught by: University of Malta

This module includes the study of surgical anatomy with respect to trauma and surgical procedures. It aims to give a background in physiology with respect to disorders in blood, fluids and electrolytes, jaundice, bilirubin and blood sugar control. Study of degenerative neurological and cardiovascular neurological conditions as they impact surgical practice is also included.

Assessment: 100% exam

Taught: Semester 1 (year 1)

Taught by: University of Malta

This module provides an introduction to Research Methods in the health sphere with essentials of health information, epidemiology, qualitative research methods and ethical concerns in research. This unit will introduce students to basic knowledge on recruiting or collecting health information, processing it in a manner in which it is epidemiologically sound and using statistical tools to be able to interpret findings. The module will also help with understanding details of the science in published papers. This will help equip students with an understanding and the basic tools needed to support their dissertations.

Assessment: 100% exam

Taught: Semester 1 (year 1)

Taught by: Queen Mary and University of Malta

This module will introduce students to core laparoscopic surgical principles and hands-on training with instruments to master basic laparoscopic skills. The theory topics covered focus on the history and role of laparoscopy, setting up a laparoscopy stack, the use of surgical energy and troubleshooting during laparoscopy. Students will learn how to use different laparoscopic scopes, cameras and instruments. Through practical exercises, students will learn to manipulate and use the tools effectively. This will provide the grounding for laparoscopic surgical training.

Assessment: 30% coursework, 70% practical skills assessment

Taught: Semester 2 (year 1)

Taught by: University of Malta and Queen Mary

This module covers the theoretical and practical aspects of suturing tissues during surgery as part of a three module series of lectures, webinars and practicals. In particular, it teaches basic surgical skills like knotting, different suture material properties, use of surgical instruments, handling of surgical staplers, diathermy and use of surgical glues.

Assessment: 100% exam (75% MCQ, 25% practical skills assessment)

Taught: Semester 2 (year 1)

Taught by: University of Malta and Queen Mary

This module follows on from Sutures, Instruments and Suturing Techniques, and introduces students to tissue and organ suturing techniques including bowel anastomoses, with intestinal, oesophageal and gastric sutured and stapled anastomoses. It also deals with stoma formation and its care, appendicectomy and hernia repair techniques. Lung resection and vascular suturing techniques also feature in this module.

Assessment: 100% exam

Taught: Semester 2 (year 1)

Taught by: University of Malta and Queen Mary

This module gives a broad overview of the operative management of the surgical patient and complications arising therefrom. It details pre-operative management, prevention, identification and control of surgical sepsis, and causes and management of bowel anastomotic failure. The soft skills required for surgical leadership and patient communication are also introduced.

Assessment: 30% coursework, 70% exam

Taught: Semester 3 (year 1)

Taught by: Queen Mary and University of Malta

This module will introduce students to laparoscopic suturing and knot tying techniques, offering hands-on training by simulation for needle loading, forming roeders knot and endoloop, intracorporeal and extracorporeal laparoscopic suturing and knot tying. Students will learn how to obtain laparoscopic access to, and closure of, the peritoneal cavity, the physiological effects of pneumoperitoneum, the principles of laparoscopic hemeostasis and indications for diagnostic laparoscopy.

Assessment: 30% coursework, 70% exam

Taught: Semester 1 (year 2)

Taught by: University of Malta and Queen Mary

This module will introduce students to the strategies for minimising bile duct injuries: adopting a universal culture of safety in cholecystectomy by understanding core laparoscopic surgical principles for calots triangle dissection. Students will use virtual reality simulation - VR for learning laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Students will learn how to troubleshoot during laparoscopic cholecystectomy, the diagnosis and management of complications after cholecystectomy and the use of surgical energy.

Assessment: 30% coursework, 70% exam

Taught: Semester 2 (year 2)

Taught by: University of Malta

This module will introduce students to laparoscopic anatomy through performing sham laparoscopies on Thiel embalmed cadavers and also using open dissection of these cadavers to understand the internal organs of the abdomen and the chest. Laparoscopic trainers will also be used to train the students in virtual reality settings.

Assessment: 25% coursework, 75% exam

Taught: Semester 3 (year 2)

Taught by: Queen Mary and University of Malta

This module provides an opportunity to further develop and apply skills learned during the taught modules by undertaking an independent, critical study and evaluation of an approved and relevant topic. The specific nature of each dissertation will be determined through discussions between the student and the module leaders, but will involve applying analytical, investigative and communication skills and utilizing a range of research methods and tools. Students that have the access and opportunity to undertake a clinical or lab based project will be allowed to do so with the module leader's approval.

Assessment: 25% coursework, 75% dissertation

Taught: Semester 1 (year 2)

Taught by: University of Malta

This module will introduce students to clinical application of hysteroscopy as described in the HYSTT-GESEA programme of European Academy of Gynaecological Surgery, and students will learn the technique and safe practice and principles for performing this procedure. The practical technical and non-technical skills will include: Video learning of various uterine pathology; operative video teaching on how to perform hysteroscopy for diagnosis and therapy; e-learning programme consisting of online lectures, demonstrations, tips & tricks and e-books; and performing hysteroscopy by simulation.

Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% practical assessment

Taught: Semester 2 (year 1)

Taught by: University of Malta

This module will introduce students to the laparoscopic suturing and knot tying techniques. The theory topics covered will introduce students to safe practice and principles of minimally invasive surgical skills in gynaecology for tubo-ovarian pathologies and the practical skills will teach students how to perform suturing and knot tying of SUTT2 – GESEA Level 2 programme (European Academy of Gynaecological Surgery in the (GESEA) programme) of The European Academy of Gynaecological Surgery.

Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% practical assessment