The Australasian College of Podiatric Surgeons (ACPS) Basic Surgical Skills Education & Training course (BSSET) has been designed to provide a professional, accessible and supportive method of engaging health professionals in basic surgical skills training. Following the BSSET course it is expected that graduates will be confident and proficient foot and ankle surgical assistants. In addition to its stand-alone merit, the course operates as one module within the Podiatric Surgical Training Program.
Fulfilling the course requirements will result in certification by the College of successful completion of the BSSET.
3.0 ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION
ACPS Registrar Member - $1,495.00
ACPS Affiliate Member - $1,990.00Non ACPS Member - $2,210.00
Participants will need to purchase a suture trainer pack and it is strongly recommended that the following text book is purchased.
Thomson T. Assisting at podiatric surgery: A guide for Podiatric Surgical Students and Podiatric Theatre Assistants. 1st Edition. (2002) Elsevier, London.
3.2 Estimated Hours
It is anticipated that to complete Part A and Part B of the BSSET course students may require approximately 50 hours of commitment including self-directed study and learning. An estimated example of time required for Part A is shown below:
PART A (estimation)
Total 23 hours
Part B requires a similar commitment.
The course has been designed for participants to complete the modules in their own time, however completion within a 12-month period is required.
*Stage 1 ACPS Registrars may complete the course within the first 12 months of training if not completed prior to acceptance.
Participants will be provided with course material and student login information upon enrollments once full payment has been made.
Course participants will be required to purchase a suture trainer pack consisting of the items listed below.
-Skin Pad(s) with multi layers
These items can be purchased as a pack at the suggested online stores below. Many such packs are available online and from medical supply companies, participants may purchase alternative packs containing the essential items if they wish.
3.6 Course Evaluation
The College prides itself on fostering a reflective and adaptive learning environment. As such, both Students and Mentors will be asked to complete an evaluation of the course following completion. All feedback will be confidential and will be used to inform future courses.
See Appendix 5 for Course Evaluation Form.
All questions regarding course information, queries and concerns can be referred to:
Assoc Prof Mark Gilheany
Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeon
Chair of Training Committee
StartModule 1 - Standard Precautions: Barriers, Sterile Technique & Safety
StartModule 2 - Surgical Instruments
StartModule 3, 4 & 5 - Knot Tying, Needles and Sutures, Suturing: Principles and Practice
StartModule 6 - Introduction to Local Anesthesia, Incisions & Excisions
StartModule 7 - Electro-surgery
StartModule 8, 9, 10 and 11 - Advanced Dissection and Vessel Management; Handling and Suturing Tubular and Delicate Structures; Integrated Tissue Management Exercise; Incision & Dissection for Surgical Exposure & Tissue Repair
StartModule 12 - Wound Management
StartModule 13 – Principles and techniques in lower limb immobilisation
StartModule 14 - Principles and practice of arthroscopy and minimal access surgery