The Basic Surgery Course is the introductory course to clinical surgery.

This course aims to provide a motivating learning environment in which the students may acquire the surgical knowledge and practical skills necessary to function effectively as physicians. This is achieved by helping the students learn the principles of surgical pathophysiology and anatomy while, in parallel, they acquire surgical skills in the lab and become integrated in current surgical practice during their clinical rotation.



Basic Surgery is a 13 week course comprised of amphitheater lectures, laboratory skill-station & simulation training and hospital clinical training.

Amphitheater lectures take place at the M2 lecture hall of the Faculty of Medicine at the EUC. Each lecture lasts approximately 50 minutes and analyses a predefined subject. The subjects of each day form a thematic group.

The program is alternating between weeks of lab training and weeks of hospital clinical practice.

The weeks when lab training is programmed, three hours of amphitheater lectures are performed in the morning, followed by a three hour lab training session in the afternoon. During the lab session the students will train in different surgical skills stations with focus in providing a hands-on experience. Clinical scenarios are role-played in the patient simulator with the instructor guiding a group of students through the situation. In the end of simulation a didactic discussion of the scenario with practical conclusions takes place.

During the weeks of hospital clinical practice, the students are separated in small groups and are distributed in the collaborating hospitals in the morning. At evening there are two hours of lectures at the EUC. We aim for a small number of students per clinical instructor guaranteeing that the clinical rotation will be highly productive and personalized.

Each student will be issued a logbook where his laboratory skills training and hospital clinical rotation training will be recorded.

The students are assessed by a mid-term exam, followed by a final examination. Lab & class participation are graded as well. Students also have the possibility to complete an assignment to improve their grade.


Course subjects:

  • Biological response to surgical damage on and healing.
  • Hemostasis, bleeding and transfusion of blood products.
  • Principles of fluid and electrolyte management and surgical nutrition.
  • Physiopathology of wounds, burns, frost and energy related injuries.
  • Shock in the surgical patient.
  • Multiple trauma patient management and ATLS principles.
  • Acute abdomen and surgical emergencies.
  • Surgical pathology for different anatomical regions.
  • Preoperative assessment of surgical risk.
  • Basic principles of surgical technique.
  • Standards for asepsis in surgery.
  • Surgical infections and antibiotic treatment.
  • Postoperative complications
  • Principles of oncologic surgery.
  • Metabolic and bariatric surgery.
  • Basic principles of transplants of organs and tissues.