Education forms the foundation of the SSSM mission. Our extensive and comprehensive curriculum covers all aspects of surgery. This ranges from 'hands on' and interactive surgical skills workshops, to didactic formal lectures from guest speakers pertaining to surgical presentations and research. We also collaborate with other institutions including the University of Melbourne, Department of Surgery, to assist them in promoting and coordinating of student-directed events, such as those focusing on entry into surgical training programs.


We are very proud of these programs, and are always striving to further develop and expand our curriculum.


This year SSSM has begun it's podcast series 'The Time Out'. In this series, we invite leading surgeons from across Australia to spend an hour with us, and talk about their journey throughout medicine, the ups & downs of surgery, and the key lessons they've learnt along the way. We hope that this ongoing series will provide some extra inspiration & motivation for our members during the changes to placements this year.


Our podcast can be found on Spotify here:

New episodes will be announced via our Facebook page.


Sponsored by the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience and the Department of Surgery, there are three main aims of the Innovation in Surgical Anatomy Prize:


- To encourage medical students to revise their surgical anatomy and apply it to clinical scenarios

- To provide an opportunity for students to improve on their research skills and present a poster

- To encourage students to engage in surgical education


This is an official University event, hence all students who participate will be able to cite presenting a research poster in this professional academic context in their Curriculum Vitae (C.V.). A cash prize of $200, and official certificate of merit will be presented to each of the 4 winning posters (one from each year level).

For more information, see the prize information booklet here:

Registration closes on the 30th May 2020. Poster submissions close 30th July 2020.


Lecture series

In 2020, SSSM is continuing with its rotating lecture series. The lecture series includes topics from all nine surgical sub- specialities , and is being hosted via Zoom.


Lectures will be announced via our Facebook page, where the event details will include the date, time & Zoom link. Click 'interested'/'going' on our events to be reminded!

All lectures are delivered by clinicians and researchers who are leaders in their field, and the content will be tailored for the purpose of MD student learning.

skills workshop

A key component of the SSSM educational curriculum is the skills workshops. These sessions are modelled off the JDOCS curriculum, thereby enabling SSSM members to up-skill in key surgical techniques.


We host workshops across all Melbourne Medical School clinical sites. Our workshops encompass a broad range of skills, including:

- Suturing

- Knot-tying

- Laparoscopy

- Airway management & intubation

special events

The SSSM incorporates key events that act to broaden our curriculum. These sessions cover topics relating to gaining acceptance into training programs, expectations during and after specialty training, as well as maintaining a work-life balance.


Key events for 2020 include:

- Surgical careers night - Q&A session between attendees and representatives from all nine surgical specialties

- Women in Surgery - in keeping with the efforts of RACS, we invite highly esteemed female surgical leaders to share their experiences and inspire future female surgeons

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