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SUAN703 Abdomen and Neck

Anatomy of the abdomen and neck relevant to the clinical practice of surgery and radiology. Includes regional cadaver dissection.

The PGDipSurgAnat offers medical graduates interested in pursuing a career in surgery or radiology the opportunity to study and obtain a higher qualification in clinically relevant anatomy.

Paper title Abdomen and Neck
Paper code SUAN703
Subject Surgical Anatomy
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (12 June 2023 - 15 September 2023) (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,018.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Pre or Corequisite
SUAN 701 or SUAX 701
Limited to
Applicants must have a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB) degree from a university in New Zealand or an equivalent overseas qualification and must be registered with the Medical Council of New Zealand (or equivalent).

Teaching staff

2023 Teaching Staff to be confirmed - please use the more information link for further information.

Paper Structure
Six weeks distance learning; one week residential teaching.
Teaching Arrangements

This Distance Learning paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching.



  • McMinn, Last's Anatomy: Regional and Applied (9th edn).

Highly Recommended:

  • Drake et al, Gray's Anatomy for Students (2010).

Highly Recommended:

  • Gilroy et al, Thieme Atlas of Anatomy (2008).
  • Agur & Dalley, Grant's Atlas of Anatomy (12th edn).
  • Netter, Atlas of Human Anatomy (4th edn).
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  • Develop a sound knowledge of clinical anatomy relevant to common operative and interventional procedures
  • Understand and be able to discuss surgically relevant regional anatomy (what structures are encountered in each region, their key anatomical relationships, course and direction, and what human anatomical variations are commonly encountered)
  • Develop a familiarity with the anatomy of common diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and common surgical operations - in particular, safe instrumentation and surgical access, specific anatomical hazards or common operative approaches or techniques, and common/serious anatomical errors
  • Develop an awareness of the principles of developmental anatomy, structure, histology and function of organs and structures
  • Develop the tools required to undertake their own research into areas of speciality-specific anatomy

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1st Non standard period (12 June 2023 - 15 September 2023)

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system