AMASI started its Minimal access Surgery Fellowship program (FMAS) way back in 2005-06. Since then 30 such skill courses have been completed and FMAS awarded to more than 1300 surgeons from all over the country. Minimal access surgery in the country has evolved and grown further. Now, it has been felt that we need to improvise and start a diploma programme online to meet the growing needs for expert Minimal Access Surgeons. Since majority of our members and fellows are practicing surgeons, this programme has been structured to suit their needs. Due care has been taken so that standards are not diluted & meaningful diploma could be awarded to the deserving surgeons. The modern methods of teaching, learning & evaluation are being used so it can also be globally accepted.
Diploma in MAS endeavours to evolve and enhance minimal access surgical skills among members and fellows of AMASI, infuse state of art surgical techniques and practices and to undertake state of art research in this sphere of Medical practice.
OBJECTIVES AND OUTCOMES
- To acquire and upgrade his basic knowledge for clinical Laparoscopic applications.
- To understand all the basic principles (instruments, materials, equipment and anaesthesia) and be able to perform the most frequently used basic laparoscopic techniques.
- To be able to perform basic technical tasks in laparoscopic surgery including intra-corporeal suturing and knotting techniques, two hand coordination for dissection and safe use of energy sources.
- To be able to describe results and potential complications of laparoscopic procedures and manage them.
- To be able to perform some advanced laparoscopic procedures like in elds of HBP, Bariatric, Upper GI, Hernia and Colorectal surgeries and have hands on experience of advance procedures.
ONE YEAR (1st May, 2017 TILL 30th April, 2017), 2 SEMESTERS
Semester I : Basic Laparoscopy 30 Credits (All Modules Required)
- General Laparoscopy
- Diagnostic Laparoscopy
- Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
- Laparoscopic Appendix
- Laparoscopic Hernia - TEP, TAPP, Ventral
Semester II: Advanced Laparoscopy 30 Credits (ANY ONE MAJOR out of 6)
- Upper GI Surgeries
- Colorectal Surgeries
- Gynaecology Procedures
- HBP Surgeries
- Bariatric Surgeries
Practicals 40 Credits (Distributed in Two Semesters)
Practical Assessment of the candidate will be based on minimum surgeries performed and entered in log book checked and countersigned by Expert / Guide. The maximum weightage is for surgeries performed independently and minimum weightage will be given to surgeries observed.
Credit Hours 1 hr Learning = 1 Credit Theory 3 hr Practice = 1 Credit Practical
The Diploma in MAS (DMAS) will be offered ONLINE as a Part–time course. The course will be divided into 2 semesters of six months each.
The course syllabus will consist of modules out of which the candidate will need to select & complete modules during the course such that each semester the candidate is able to accumulate 30 credits. The course calendar and learning path will be made available online and the learners have to follow the calendar. Each module will have quizzes, assignments and practicals as required.
The contact sessions shall be either before or after the national conferences or as decided by the governing council.
The candidates shall undergo practical training as detailed in the prescribed logbooks. The logbooks should be duly maintained and updated with evidences which will be considered as a part of Formative Assessment. The learner should also maintain personal portfolios which will be reviewed at the time of contact sessions.
The evaluation techniques are specially designed to cater to all levels of evaluation;
Knows – e-based MCQs (testing of knowledge)
Knows how – e-based single response questions ( analyzing the problem)
Shows how – OSCE (objective structured clinical examination) and Direct Observation during contact sessions:
Does – Logbooks and Portfolios
The knowledge component will be assessed for higher cognitive domains like interpretation, synthesis, problem solving skills, clinical reasoning etc. via examinations for every module. The Affective domain will mainly be assessed by direct observation and OSCEs during contact sessions. The motor skills will be assessed by evaluation of the log books and actual observations during contact sessions.
The first contact session of three days will comprise of first summative assessment (SA1) where the candidate will appear for the practical examination of 7 compulsory modules.
The second contact session of seven days will be considered as the last contact session where the candidate will undergo second summative assessment (SA2). The 2nd SA will comprise of practical examination/ Observations in OT for their selected areas of optional modules.
Failing to clear the 1st or the 2nd SA; the candidate will be given an extension period of another 6 months to clear the modules. No further extension will be provided and the admission will stand cancelled in case the candidate fails to clear the modules during the extended period. Contact Sessions may be held online too.
HANDS-ON ONLINE SURGERIES
Online pre informed streaming of Laparoscopic Surgeries will be arranged for candidates during their contact sessions. The candidates are required to attend & observe the surgeries from their place, online and get their queries answered online. At the end of the live session, some Questions will be uploaded, that the candidates must answer within 24 hours of completion of live surgeries. The candidate will have to appear for the e-theory paper of various modules within the stipulated time period that will be notified time to time.