Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery

Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery

These five week CPD courses in HPB surgery are delivered entirely online and are offered jointly by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh.

These courses will help you understand the pathophysiology of benign and malignant hepatopancreatobiliary disorders. The courses will also develop skills in critically appraising procedures employed in diagnosis and management of HPB disease. Over each 5 week session we intend to run Hepatic, Pancreatic and Biliary sections concurrently. Each section will be be structured around a particular case study or journal club with videos.


HPB 1:

Benign disease

Journal club. Update on Acute Pancreatitis

Stone disease and ductal obstruction

HPB 2:

Cirrhosis and hepatoma

Pancreatic trauma and Chronic pancreatitis topics and pseudocyst drainage techniques

Journal Club. Biliary Injury: Avoidance, Diagnosis & Management

HPB 3:

Colorectal liver metastases

Incidental pancreatic cystic lesion

Biliary malignancy

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Award Winning

Each of our CPD programmes is based on our award winning online distance learning ChM in General Surgery programme.


• 200.00 GBP for all three programmes

Each programme is five weeks long and programmes are run consecutively each academic semester. Applicants may wish to take all three programme in one semester or they may spread their studies over multiple semesters. Each programme is accredited independently and an applicant is not required to complete all three programmes. Progammes are not available to book separately and must be booked as one package.

If you wish to defer on one or more programmes, please email david.pier@ed.ac.uk after booking.

Free Academic Skills Programme

Our academic skills module will be offered for free when you sign up to the HPB programmes above. Participants will hone and test their core academic skills required to practise evidence based medicine.

Course Format - Online Distance Learning


Whilst the delivery of the courses is fixed to semester dates the interactive activities within the GenSURG virtual learning environment comprise asynchronous discussion boards allowing participants the flexibility to work through the online material and participate at a time which suits them. Participants will have access to a large structured learning resource of educational material, including an unparalleled online library facility.

Participants will interact with experienced tutors, led by Professor O James Garden, Regius Professor of Clinical Surgery at the University of Edinburgh, Mr Mark Duxbury Consultant, HPB Surgeon at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Mr Saxon Connor, who is an HPB Consultant Surgeon based in Christchurch, New Zealand.


We are providing a 15 week CPD programme in HPB surgery that is divided into 3 x 5 week blocks so that those wishing to subscribe can chose to undertake 1, 2 or all 3 blocks. The cost is based on a 10 week programme but those keen to secure full CPD credit over 15 weeks may chose to undertake all three blocks. Participants will also have free access a self directed academic module covering the fundamentals of evidence based practise for the duration of their study.

To gain CPD credit, applicants are expected to participate actively in the three parallel HPB moderated discussion boards over the full length of each 5 week block of the programme. Each parallel discussion board covers either hepatic, biliary or pancreatic topics. Core reference material such as video and key references should be viewed during each 5 week block to help inform discussion on the asynchronous discussion boards.

Credit for participation is normally awarded based on evidence that the participant has accessed all material provided for each block and full engagement with the discussions with a minimum of one post each week per discussion board bringing new material to the debate. The completion of self assessment multiple choice questions will also be required at the end of each 5 week block to confirm participation. 15 CPD hours would be awarded by the RCSEd and UoE for each 5 week block.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants should be experienced surgeons holding consultant or associate specialist positions.

Trainees in their final years of training (ST6 and above) are welcome to apply but we would suggest that they consider our ChM programme which is directly targetted to their needs.

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If you have any questions please contact david.pier@ed.ac.uk


By taking CPD modules, you CANNOT obtain a University of Edinburgh Masters or Diploma or Certificate. The University of Edinburgh will NOT accept study accumulated via the Office of Lifelong Learning for the award of a Masters, Diploma, Certificate or ChM.

If you are considering these CPD modules because of time constraints, work / study balance, or concerns about the volume of materials in our Masters Programme, please note that there is considerable flexibility built into the full ChM in General Surgery Programme which may allow you to reach your goals and acquire University of Edinburgh degree credit too.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements as you may be able to proceed through the Masters routes and obtain University of Edinburgh credits which are not otherwise available through the CPD route.

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