What is the objective of the course?
The DIPLOMA IN MINIMAL ACCESS SURGERY (D.MAS) has two main components: establishing a theoretical, clinical, teaching and practical skill knowledge base Executing Assigned project. Both these components carry equal dedication of time and are essential for the successful completion of the course. Majority of candidates undertaking the D.MAS are from overseas. They decide to take the course for a variety of educational, professional and social reasons. The DIPLOMA IN MINIMAL ACCESS SURGERY (D.MAS) is a full time course of Four Weeks duration. In exceptional circumstances an applicant may be accepted to undertake study on a part time basis over a period of six month. D.MAS trainees have to assume more responsibility for their own training and the onus is on them to prove that they have the knowledge and skills expected of them, by means of regular assessments in post and an up to date log book. D.MAS course is a useful introduction to safe laparoscopic surgical practice in a controlled workshop environment, where there is time to learn and practice laparoscopic techniques. The course covers Gastrointestinal Minimal Access Surgery, Gynecological Minimal Access Surgery and Urological Minimal Access Surgery. This integration of theoretical knowledge and formal training with clinical experience is excellent for surgeons and gynecologist who wish to make their career in this pioneering specialization. D.MAS is designed to shorten the time of training. The future for surgery seems to be increasing specialization, and this seems to be happening even at senior house officer level. D.MAS is designed to cover Four Week of training, gives trainees the option for exposure to their chosen specialty or to gain other experience. The assessment exam after successful completion of D.MAS course, like the FRCS, assesses surgical knowledge and not competence

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