Coordinators: Prof. dr hab. med. Antoni Szczepanik (,

 Dr Kinga Szabat ( )

Address: 3rd Chair of General Surgery, 35-37 Pradnicka str. Tel.: 12 633 19 95

Bedside classes schedule is here

IMPORTANT: Due to the fact, that the whole medical school is obliged to run the lectures online, the lecture will be held online on Monday at 12:00 o’clock due to the schedule: SYLABUS general surgery DDS III 2023/2024

Goals of education: To acquaint the student with various diseases which may require surgical
intervention, particularly of the acute abdomen spectrum and the most common human cancers. And to train the student to analyse the disease history and be able to do a thorough physical examination of the patient. Moreover, the student should be able to perform basic surgical procedures.

Learning outcomes of a component: 

Medical knowledge: • List the most important items of history taking and clinical exam relevant to surgical patient; • Diagnose symptoms of hypovolemic, septic and neurologic shock, suggest diagnostic and treatment plan; • Know basic types of the wound, stages of healing process, and surgical management of the wound; • Define, list of symptoms, and propose diagnostic plan of “acute abdomen” • Know aetiology and symptoms, propose diagnostic and treatment plan of most common “acute abdomen” diseases: acute appendicitis, acute cholecystitis, ileus, acute pancreatitis, perforation of the gastrointestinal tract, diverticulitis, acute mesenteric ischemia • Know aetiology and symptoms, propose diagnostic and treatment plan of upper and lower gastrointestinal tract bleeding • Know non-surgical causes of “acute abdomen” • Know symptoms, propose diagnostic and treatment plan for most common cancers: breast cancer, melanoma, lung cancer, gastric cancer, pancreas cancer, colorectal cancer • Be familiar with the common surgical procedures (diagnostic laparoscopy/laparotomy, appendectomy, cholecystectomy, hernia treatment)

Skills: • Take the history and perform the clinical exam relevant to acute abdominal diseases (acute appendicitis, acute cholecystitis, acute pancreatitis, ileus) • Take the history and perform the clinical exam relevant to abdominal hernia (inguinal, femoral, umbilical and incisional) • Proper sterile surgical technique in regard to gowning, gloving, scrubbing. • Basic of surgical wound closure, application of surgical dressings and postoperative wound care

Social competence: • Co-operation in the medical and nursing team

Topic of lectures/ seminars and bedside teaching

  • Introduction to acute abdominal diseases: definition, symptoms, physical examination, diagnostic procedure, non-surgical causes of acute abdomen
  • Basics of fluid therapy. Basics of surgical nutrition. Shock (types, diagnosis, treatment)
  • Acute appendicitis, Meckel diverticulitis, Acute cholecystitis
  • Gastrointestinal obstruction, Acute diverticulitis
  • Acute pancreatitis, gastrointestinal perforation
  • Bleeding to the gastrointestinal tract
  • Basics of oncology. Cancer of the esophagus and stomach
  • Pancreatic cancer. Gallbladder cancer.
  • Colon cancer
  • Breast cancer. Lung cancer. Melanoma.
  • Recapitulation of the material

Conditions of gaining credit: Presence at the lectures, seminars and practical exercises. It is allowed to leave one day without having to make up for it.

Assessment methods and criteria for this course: Written test exam (30-50 questions).

Bibliography: Principles and Practice of Surgery, 7e by O. James Garden


The cloakroom for students is located in an administration part of hospital on the 3rd floor. Having enterded the main building from behind (Staff entrance), you should head left and follow sings saying „Administracja”. Then, having turned left you should go up a couple of stairs (ramp on right side leads to Emergency Unit), then turn left and reach the 3rd floor using either the elevator or the staircase. Before going to cloakroom you should obtain the key at the Emergency Unit reception in exchange for your ID.