The Professional Certificate of Clinical Procedures provides the clinician with intermediate level knowledge including the ability to understand and manage a variety of common problems that require office-based surgical intervention, such as foreign body removal, lacerations, sebaceous cysts and ingrown toenails. The program is suitable for Medical Doctors, overseas trained doctors, newly arrived doctors seeking to work in rural networks, nurse practitioners and VR doctors who wish to further develop their surgical office-based knowledge. The program is approved for the Rural Procedural grant program.
This course is designed to assist Medical Doctors in developing confidence in various procedures and understanding their limitations without further practical experience.
The common surgical problems often encountered in primary care, such as ingrown toenails, foreign bodies, lacerations and sebaceous cysts, can be readily dealt within general practice. This program demonstrates and practises a range of surgical procedures, local
In the management of ingrown toenails, successful surgical treatment depends on obtaining satisfactory local anaesthesia. The program teaches digital blocks to enable surgical correction and addresses other nail conditions such as acute paronychia abscess and subungual haematoma. The surgery ranges from removal of the nail edge, avulsion of the whole nail in selected cases, and more complex wedge resection. The increase in the popular use of Phenol ablation is also demonstrated and informed consent, safety precautions and multiple attempts at post-operative care are covered in detail.
Hands and feet are common sites for splinters, nails and other objects to be embedded. Apart from local
Lacerations can range from a simple clean cut to a dirty, potentially infected wound. The program offers an overview
Sebaceous and pilar cysts are ubiquitous and can occur anywhere on the body. They may present as an infection or abscess around a previous lump. The course demonstrates local anaesthetic techniques in both the non-infected and infected sebaceous cyst with abscess, and addresses several surgical methods depending on the sites on the body, the severity of the infection and the skill and experience of the practitioner. Particular care is taken to demonstrate the management of the resultant cavity following the removal of a cyst and instructions are given to avoid damage to underlying structures.
The experienced course presenters also show how to manage subcutaneous lipomata and share tips and tricks on doing this procedure simply and avoiding excessive bleeding.
The course also discusses the treatment of
All topics are covered online and during the web live tutorials. *These topics are also covered during the hands-on practical sessions in the optional skills workshop. Course graduates also receive ongoing post-course support through regular alumni webinars.
The courses in this pathway comprise of three parts, featuring 1) flexible online learning at your own pace, 2) interactive live web tutorials with additional content and demonstrations of procedures as well as 3) an optional small group practical workshop.
Start your online studies anytime and complete the eight modules at your own pace. The video lectures cover clinical theory, demonstrations of procedures and case study discussions and are set up in such a way that you are not required to be online at specific times but can view and replay the video lectures at your convenience. Exam extensions available to suit your busy schedule.
LIVE WEB TUTORIALS
Reinforce your learning and ask any questions you might have in four interactive webinars with the presenters, covering real patient case discussions and additional video demonstrations of procedures that you can follow along in your office or home. The tutorials offer the opportunity to join and interact with the presenters online in real-time and can also be reviewed later.
To cement your knowledge, attend an optional practical workshop available at select locations across Australia. The workshops offer the ideal opportunity to apply theory in practice and are delivered in a small group setting with demonstrations and hands-on skills practice of various procedures on pork parts and simulated models under expert supervision and guidance.
The Professional Certificate of Clinical Procedures is ideal for Medical Doctors and International Medical Graduates, nurse practitioners and VR doctors who wish to further their surgical office-based knowledge by gaining an intermediate level understanding of a variety of common problems requiring surgical intervention.
The course assumes no prior knowledge or training in the field. Participants do not have to pass an IELTS test but, as the courses are delivered in English, proficiency in listening, reading and writing in English is assumed.
For your one-off investment, you will receive unlimited access to all course content, additional learning materials, ongoing post-course support and more.
|8:00am – 8:30am||Registration|
|8:30am – 10:00am||Session 1||Principles of wound healing and managing
Small procedures in general practice theory
|10:00am – 10:30am||Morning Tea|
|10:30am – 12:00pm||Session 2||Closing the wound
Theory and practical
|12:00pm – 1:00pm||Lunch|
|1:00pm – 2:30pm||Session 3||Lacerations
Theory and practical
|2:30pm – 3:00pm||Afternoon Tea|
|3:00pm – 4:30pm||Session 4||Foreign bodies|
|7:45am - 8:00am||Arrival|
|8:00am – 10:00am||Session 5||Ingrown toenails
Theory and practical
|10:00am – 10:30am||Morning Tea|
|10:30am – 12:30pm||Session 6||
Lumps and bumps
|12:30pm – 1:30pm||Lunch|
|1:30pm – 2:30pm||Session 7||Diagnosis and management of anal rectal conditions|
|2:30pm - 3:00pm||Afternoon Tea|
|3:00pm – 4:00pm||Session 8||Managing infected lesions|
A/Prof Maurice Brygel
General Surgeon and Lecturer, Royal Australian College of Surgeons
Associate Professor Maurice Brygel is a Melbourne general surgeon who is a pioneer in day surgery hernia repair, having performed over 10,000 hernia operations. He became known as the "hernia king" after establishing the Melbourne Hernia Clinic at Masada and Cabrini hospitals. Maurice also teaches hands-on surgical office skills, which led to him producing and presenting certificate courses in clinical procedures with HealthCert over the last five years.
Maurice teaches at Notre Dame Medical School, Cabrini, the Alfred, and the Royal Australian College of Surgeons. Maurice has published extensively on hernias and authored several multimedia books including “The Video Book of Surgery” and “Exploring Essential Surgery” with the Mcgraw Hill Access Surgery and Medicine.
Dr Peter Grossberg
Senior Surgeon and Lecturer, Box Hill Hospital Melbourne
Dr Peter Grossberg is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and has a Fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. He practices as a general surgeon and an Endoscopist in Cabrini Hospital, Malvern with extensive experience in general surgery, endoscopy, and laparoscopic surgery especially laparoscopic hernia surgery. Peter has been an examiner in surgical education at the undergraduate and postgraduate level for the past 35 years. He runs workshops for surgical trainees and GPs, particularly in office procedures.
Peter has been a senior lecturer in surgery at Monash and Melbourne Universities and continues to be involved in teaching and examination at the postgraduate level for anatomy at the University of Melbourne. He has been a Senior Surgeon, Head of Unit and Chairman of the Division of Surgery at Box Hill Hospital for the past eight years.
Dr Peter Milne
Vascular, Endovascular & Laser Surgeon, Melbourne Vascular Surgery Unit, Cabrini Medical Centre, Victoria
Dr Peter Milne originally trained in general surgery but has specialised in vascular surgery since 1977. Peter was trained in Cardiovascular Surgery at the Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas and in Vascular Surgery at Royal Melbourne and Epsom District Hospitals. He established the Melbourne Vascular Surgery Unit in 1985.
Peter’s expertise and special interests include aneurysm repair by open surgery and endovascular means, and carotid surgery for stroke prevention with carotid artery stenting. He also performs limb bypass surgery as well as minimally invasive techniques of angioplasty and stenting. Another speciality of Peter’s is varicose vein treatment by surgery, laser and sclerotherapy including embolisation for pelvic congestion.
In order to meet the requirements of professional and academic learning, the course assessment includes two online examinations:
The knowledge-based examination is worth 50 per cent and the application-based examination is worth 50 per cent. The overall pass mark is 80 per cent. It is therefore not possible to pass this course on knowledge alone. Knowledge must be successfully applied to patient cases in order to pass the course.
Upon successful completion of the course requirements, course participants will receive the Professional Certificate
This certificate course:
Postgraduate Diploma in Minor Surgery studied through the Rila Institute of Health Sciences and awarded by the University of Plymouth (UK).
There are three modules in the Postgraduate Diploma. Medical professionals who successfully complete the HealthCert Professional Certificate of Clinical Procedures will be eligible to apply for Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APCL) for module 2.
The Postgraduate Diploma is mainly delivered online. No practical workshops will be required due to the APCL from the HealthCert qualifications. Overall there will be a time saving of 40 per cent of the postgraduate program due to the APCL. Exams will be held in Perth, Western Australia.
When the Postgraduate Diploma has been successfully completed, doctors can apply for credit from the Postgraduate Diploma to the Master of Science in the specialism awarded by the University of Plymouth.
Upcoming intake dates are 6 February 2019 and 24 September 2019. For more information please click here.
Certified Clinical Attachments Pathway
Clinical attachments are optional and available on a 1:1 basis. These provide the opportunity to observe clinical procedures and ask questions of the expert performing the procedures. Clinical attachments are available for Skin Cancer Surgery (only for graduates of the Professional Certificate of Clinical Procedures). These are available in Australia and overseas. The clinical attachments are 1:1 in Australia and they are in small groups at university teaching hospitals and clinics overseas. HealthCert certificates and university statements are awarded for participating in clinical attachments.