Year 5D surgery rotation

General surgery

Rotations 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Up to four students per rotation
Mildura Base Hospital
Clinical supervisors - general surgeons:

Mr Kevin Chambers
Mr Amal Fernando
Mr Rotimi Afolabi
Dr Irene Kaiboni
Mr Hesham Morsey

Ever wanted to assist in theatre? This is your chance. The surgical teams want you in their theatres so grab this opportunity to glove up, gown up and get into the exciting world of surgery. You will be assigned on a regular basis to one of the three theatres operating week-days with chances of scrubbing in and assisting. You will be  attending pre-ward rounds with your intern and registrar and rounding with the consultants.

As members of the surgical team this is an opportunity to learn some basic concepts about surgery, aseptic technique and suturing that will benefit you regardless of which field you choose to enter.  While you are on rotation you will also see some of the issues pertinent to being located in a rural area like the wide variety of cases and inter-hospital transfers.

Other opportunities include:

  • cover or weekend shift; great for pre-intern learning
  • experience specialist theatre lists ie. urology, orthopaedics, ophthalmology, vascular, general dental and faciomaxillary
  • rostered with the anaesthetics team – experience theatre from the anaesthetist’s view
  • follow your consultant to the private hospital to witness surgery in the private sector
  • assist consultants in allocated outpatient clinics
  • provided with the opportunity to attend wound clinic, ICU and anaesthetics to assist with module preparation
  • attend and participate in grand rounds, including surgical team meetings, case presentations and quality assurance

What students say about general surgery

I’m grateful I had the opportunity to be placed in general surgery in Mildura.  As the hospital was the only public one for hundreds of kilometres, I saw many interesting cases and procedures that I may not have had the chance to observe otherwise, and had the opportunity to be hands-on and assist in theatre, something that can be rare in busier centres.

There is an enormous point of difference between working at a busy metropolitan hospital and a rural one where nurses, doctors and patients really take the time to learn your name and where you can feel you are really making a difference. Seeing the same people every day really made the hospital feel like a family, and I often found myself saying hi to a fellow co-worker down at the store on the weekend. I also got the chance to explore amazing wineries, national parks and breathtaking sand dunes.

Overall it has been the most memorable rotation of my year so far and has really changed my outlook on working rurally. Both in terms of clinical skills and lifestyle experiences, I recommend Mildura for anybody who is eager to step outside of their comfort zone and really experience what Victoria has to offer outside of the Melbourne region.

Nik Kozlov 2019


Here's what students who did a Year 5D surgery rotation in 2015 said about their experience.