Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this programme, each student is able to :


  • Understand the characteristics and the limits of performing surgery in the austere conditions of humanitarian medicine
  • Become familiar with the medico-surgical skills for the management of war wounds and crush injuries
  • Perform a range of surgical procedures, including management of extremity injuries, trauma, amputations, damage control surgery, and damage control resuscitation
  • Manage obstetric and gynaecological emergencies including knowledge regarding when and how to safely perform a caesarean section
  • Handle the normal range of surgical emergencies affecting a civilian population in resource constrained environments
  • Become familiar with a range of anaesthesia and resuscitation techniques adapted to local conditions and basic equipment available
  • Make resource based triage decisions
  • Recognize the different sources of stress in austere environments, recognize symptoms of stress, and know the different coping mechanisms to deal with the stress
  • Know the prerequisites to perform quality surgery in austere settings (infrastructure, logistics, basic labs, blood transfusion, water and energy requirements)
  • Manage intercultural and safety/security issues