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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
- paediatric neonatology
- 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.
- Normal development of the embryo.
- Aetiology of developmental anomalies including genetic aspects and organogenesis.
- Natural history of abnormalities diagnosed before birth.
- 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
- Paediatric Surgery Pathophysiology Examination Syllabus (PDF 395.92KB)
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.