Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

POPLPRAC 740 - Urgent Primary Surgical Care

15 Points

Semester 2


Assessment and management of acute surgical and subspecialty conditions and related issues including: trauma, head injury, abdominal pain, ophthalmology, ENT, gynaecology, pregnancy, and genito-urinary conditions.

Programme and Course Advice

Admission to this course requires a basic medical or nursing degree and medical or nursing registration or other health professional qualification approved by course co-ordinator, as well as access to clinical cases.

It may be taken by doctors towards a PG Certificate or PG Diploma in Health Science (generic) programme, or as a Certificate of Proficiency.

Students must have the ability to complete an online distance learning programme.

Goals of the Course

On completion of the programme, candidates should be able to:

• Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to assess and manage clinical conditions as above

• Understand the theoretical underpinnings and evidence-base for the practice of community emergency medicine

• Demonstrate the necessary skills to access and critically appraise new evidence in this field as it comes available, determine its relevance to their own practice and recognise whether it is practice-confirming or practice-changing new knowledge

• Demonstrate clinical expertise by integrating research evidence with the clinical state and circumstances and other contextual elements of the consultation (such as practitioner and provider values, and social, cultural, legal and policy issues) for best practice.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, students should be able to:

• Assess and initially manage patients with urgent and emergency surgical conditions including the acute abdomen and urological and gynaecological disease.

• Demonstrate the necessary skills to access and critically appraise evidence in this field and to integrate this evidence with contextual elements of the consultation for best practice

Learning and Teaching

The course will be completely taught in a distance-teaching format through course webpage/Canvas, with an electronic copy of the workbook.

There are four assignments which should cover issues of acute management in a Level 2 Accident and Medical facility or equivalent.

Learning Resources 

POPLPRAC 740 is delivered as an online web course. There are also online library and other resources available. 


  • Assignments x 2: 60%
  • Online Evidence-based topic: 10%
  • Online quiz: 10%
  • Online case discussion: 20%

Additional information

Course Coordinator

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