Paediatric Surgery

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Syllabus

Paediatric surgery as practised in posts approved for Specialist Surgical Training
Embryology, anatomy, pathophysiology
Surgery in detail
Surgery in less detail of areas covered by other paediatric and surgical specialties 
Rehabilitation and ethics 

 

Paediatric surgery as practised in posts approved for Specialist Surgical Training

  • A detailed knowledge of those conditions recognised as belonging to General Paediatric Surgery including Paediatric Urology.
  • Less detailed knowledge of those conditions recognised as belonging to specialist areas within Paediatric Surgery.
  • General knowledge in adjacent areas of
    • surgery
    • paediatric neonatology
    • anaesthesia.
  • Principles of surgical practice such as
    • infection control
    • electrical and radiation safety
    • safety in the operating theatre
    • communication with families
    • rehabilitation and ethics.

 

Embryology, anatomy, pathophysiology

Knowledge of the development, structure, function and conditions of the organs and systems of the fetus, infant, child and adolescent.

Embryology

  • Normal development of the embryo.
  • Aetiology of developmental anomalies including genetic aspects and organogenesis.
  • Natural history of abnormalities diagnosed before birth.

Anatomy

  • A thorough knowledge of the regional and surgical anatomy related to areas covered in Paediatric Surgery.

Pathology and pathophysiology

  • Fetal physiology and pathology
  • Neonatal physiology, metabolism and pathology
  • Physiological disturbances and pathology relevant to children with surgical conditions

 

Surgery in detail

Examples of common conditions (including but not exclusive to) in each of the following categories:

  • Neonatal surgical conditions
  • Trauma and burns, including prevention and management
  • The abdomen
  • Abdominal wall, hernia and inguino-scrotal conditions
  • Genito-urinary tract
  • Head and neck
  • Skin, subcutaneous tissue and extremities
  • Tumours occurring in childhood
  • Thoracic (non-cardiac)

  

Surgery in less detail of areas covered by other paediatric and surgical specialties

  • Surgical principles.
  • The management of acute emergencies.
  • The general management of common conditions of children.
  • Ability to recognise conditions in related specialty areas, to know their treatment options and likely prognosis/outcomes.

 

Professionalism and ethics

This syllabus should be read in conjunction with the outline of required competencies at the completion of Specialist Training in Paediatric Surgery and the Program/Curriculum for Paediatric Surgery.