Skills Courses

Management of Surgical Emergencies Course


  • SET3-5 Trainees in the General Surgery SET Program
  • International Medical Graduates.
  • Consultants

The Management of Surgical Emergencies course aims to assist SET 3+ Trainees, IMGs, and Consultants to:

  • Make better decisions, negotiate dilemmas, and manage distractors in emergency surgery
  • Reduce error
  • Achieve better outcomes
  • Work more effectively within a team
  • Improve situational awareness
  • Provide strategies for getting out of trouble
  • Assist with Fellowship Exam preparation

Run over two full days, MOSES involves a variety of teaching methods including core lectures, skills stations, and group discussions. The course focuses on assessment and decision making skills for emergency situations, within the peri-operative period covering, but not limited to, the following:

  1. Upper Gastro Intestinal Bleed/ Gastro Intestinal Bleed
  2. Gastrectomy
  3. Bowel Obstruction
  4. Abdominal Emergency
  5. Post Thyroidectomy Bleed
  6. Laparotomy
  7. Complications after rectal surgery
  8. Intestinal Obstruction
  9. Soft Tissue Infection

With a high ration of faculty to a low ratio of participants, MOSES will offer you an excellent opportunity to develop strategy and problem solving skills for commonly encountered surgical emergencies in a small team environment, with senior General Surgical Consultants. MOSES is aimed at International Medical Graduates and senior SET Trainees, particularly Trainees and IMGs who are contemplating their Fellowship exam, and post Fellowship General Surgical Fellows/Consultants.

What's being said about MOSES? 

“MOSES is likely to become the gold standard approach to emergency surgery. It is an excellent two day course … 
I would highly commend this course to other trainees."

"Impressive - so much more than I was anticipating, and i was expecting a lot!.  MOSES is timely and novel, and will change the way surgical practice takes place, a frame in which to fit our experience and a justification for the competencies"
 "A very good course - thank you all for sharing your own experiences of impairment or getting help from others.  As our mentors, it reminds us that we will all at some point be impaired, have complications, and need the help of others.  Makes it more acceptable..."

2021 Course Schedule

Course One - QLD

  • Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 March 
  • Brisbane - Hotel Calile

Course Two - VIC

  • Saturday 08 and Sunday 09 May (prior to RACS ASC) 
  • Melbourne - Crown Conference Centre

Course Three - NSW

  • Tuesday 05 and Wednesday 06 October (prior to GSA ASM) 
  • Sydney - Hyatt Regency Darling Harbour


Registration is now open - visits the events calendar to register by month.

*Please be aware that this course may move to an online/virtual format, depending on Covid-restrictions. We will do our best to run the course face-to-face where possible, but in the event of an outbreak and/or further restrictions, we will move to online.

Sally Erickson, Events Manager & Communications Officer 
250-290 Spring Street
+61 3 9249 1142