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Harvey Cushing

Harvey Cushing

Harvey Cushing (1869-1939) is considered to be the father of modern neurosurgery. His host of achievements ranged from pioneering important surgical techniques, introducing non-invasive sphygmanometry, to being the first person to describe Cushings disease. What is...

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Sydney University Surgical Society

Sydney University Surgical Society

We are immensely proud to be continuing our partnership and support of the Sydney University Surgical Society! SUSS is the peak representative body for all surgically inclined students at Sydney Medical School, who’s executive team work tirelessly to provide students...

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GSSE June 2021

GSSE June 2021

To all of you sitting the GSSE exam tomorrow, good luck! Stay calm, stay confident, keep track of the time and don’t leave any question un-answered. You’ve put in the hard work, now get this exam behind you!

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Certificate of Surgical Anatomy!

Certificate of Surgical Anatomy!

Introducing some new upgrades to the PA website! First, you can now receive Primary Anatomy’s Certificate of Surgical Anatomy! Add to your CV and have something to show for all your hard work! Secondly, you can compare with your peers and aim to receive a Gold, Silver...

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GSSE Practice Question – Single Best Answer!

GSSE Practice Question – Single Best Answer!

Who’s confident with the anatomy of the heart? Not only must you be familiar with the external structures but also the pertinent features of each chamber, their relationships and the vertebral level at which they can be found!

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Surgical Embryology

Surgical Embryology

A grounding in anatomical embryogenesis should in many ways be the foundation of your anatomical study. It gives insight and understanding to the form, location and relationship of structures, and explains much of the variations and pathology encountered as a surgeon....

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Necrotizing pancreatitis – NEJM

Necrotizing pancreatitis – NEJM

Necrotizing pancreatitis with infection is a complicated disease to manage, with high morbidity and mortality regardless of treatment. This excellent RCT from the New England Journal of Medicine demonstrates that the ‘minimally invasive step-up approach’ is a viable...

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GSSE June 2021 Countdown

GSSE June 2021 Countdown

With the next Generic Surgical Sciences Exam (GSSE) less than 2 months away its time to get serious about your study! At this point we hope you’re starting to feel confident in your anatomy knowledge and have covered most of the curriculum. Start to focus on those...

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Supporting NSW Medical Students’ Council

Supporting NSW Medical Students’ Council

We are incredibly proud to be continuing our partnership with New South Wales Medical Students’ Council who are the peak representative body for over 6,000 medical students across nine medical schools in NSW and the ACT. NSW MSC advocate for the well-being,...

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Studying for the GSSE

Studying for the GSSE

Primary Anatomy is a comprehensive anatomy resource specifically designed for those of you preparing to sit the Generic Surgical Sciences Exam (GSSE), your entry exam into surgical training! Subscribing to Primary Anatomy will unlock access to: - An extensive anatomy...

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GSSE 1 Month Subscription

GSSE 1 Month Subscription

Primary Anatomy is now offering a 1-month subscription! For those who would like to test out the resource or are looking for a pre-exam intensive, this is the study plan for you! Learn more at www.primaryanatomy.com

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Prof. Fiona Woods

Prof. Fiona Woods

Professor Fiona Woods is an Australian Plastic & Reconstructive surgeon world-renowned for her contribution to the field of burns surgery. As director of the Burns Services of Western Australia and head of the Burns Unit at Fiona Stanley Hospital, Professor Woods...

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Proudly Supporting ASSA 2021

Proudly Supporting ASSA 2021

We are immensely proud to be continuing our partnership with the Australasian Students’ Surgical Association! ASSA is the peak representative body for all surgical societies across Australia and New Zealand, who’s executive team work tirelessly to provide medical...

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Novel Surgical Technique for Treating Neuromas

Novel Surgical Technique for Treating Neuromas

Large neuromas are one of the major setbacks in limb reconstructive surgery and pose a significant challenge in terms of management techniques. The major problem is the lack of direction for the regenerating neuronal axons which proceed to form a hypersensitive...

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GSSE Questions

GSSE Questions

Who’s confident with the anatomy of the thyroid gland? DM your answers to find out the correct response! As Type X Questions make up the majority of your Generic Surgical Sciences Exam we have ensured that the Primary Anatomy Question Bank has a huge distribution of...

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GSSE Spot Test Illustrations

GSSE Spot Test Illustrations

With the recent release of our GSSE Anatomy Atlas we are very excited to announce that a whole new set of images are already on their way! All our illustrations and Spot Tests are carefully derived from the key images in Rohen’s Atlas to ensure you are well prepared...

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GSSE Exam – Feb 2021

GSSE Exam – Feb 2021

Good luck to all of you sitting the Generic Surgical Science Exam tomorrow! Remember you have put in the hard work and this hurdle will all be behind you in a few days’ time, so make it count. Be sensible, stay calm and make sure to put an answer down for every...

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ENT Surgery

ENT Surgery

Isn’t this an incredible image, putting the minuscule size of the stapes into an appreciable scale! The intricacy and finely tuned biomechanics of the auditory system is so impressive, and the attraction of becoming an ENT surgeon is highly understandable! Cochlear...

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Digital Replantation

Digital Replantation

Drawing on the incredible depth of experience and expertise of Prof. Wayne Morrison this is a fantastic review article on digital replantation, with techniques and tricks to its success. Prof Morrison is one of the eminent Australian plastics and hand surgeons who...

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GSSE 2021!

GSSE 2021!

The beginning of the new clinical year is a great time to be set your intentions, commit to taking the GSSE and implementing a study plan! Sign up today to give yourself ample time to cover all of the exam content and make full use of the entire Primary Anatomy...

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GSSE Anatomy Atlas

GSSE Anatomy Atlas

The Primary Anatomy Atlas has arrived! We are immensely excited to announce the release of our very own anatomy atlas! Modelled exclusively on the dissections in Rohens, the PA atlas has been executed in a manner geared towards rapid recall and recognition, optimising...

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Good luck tomorrow!

Good luck tomorrow!

To all of you sitting the GSSE tomorrow – Good Luck! Stay calm, stay confident, keep track of the time and don’t leave any question un-answered!

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GSSE – One week to go!

GSSE – One week to go!

For those of you sitting the GSSE in one weeks’ time we want to wish you the best of luck! At this point, make sure you are focusing your revision on the anatomical regions of highest yield – Head & Neck, Abdomen, Upper & Lower Limb as these will make up the...

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GSSE 2020 Countdown

GSSE 2020 Countdown

Only 2 weeks to go until the November GSSE exam! Keep focused, keep motivated, not long to go before this is all behind you - so make it count! Focus on those areas of highest yield and make sure to familiarise yourself with the exam format and timing. We want you...

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Andreas Vesalius – Founder of modern human anatomy

Andreas Vesalius – Founder of modern human anatomy

Happy World Anatomy Day! – the 15th of October commemorates the death of Andreas Vesalius (1514 - 1564) – considered to be the founder of modern human anatomy. His works revolutionised our understanding of the human body, breaking many of the misconceptions that had...

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GSSE Question Type A – The Latissimus Dorsi

GSSE Question Type A – The Latissimus Dorsi

This fortnights quiz is all about the anatomy of the back and spine, so we thought we would get you started with a nice and straight forward single best answer! Given its versatility as the largest single pedicle flap a good understanding of the innervation and blood...

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Anatomy of the Larynx

Anatomy of the Larynx

The larynx is such an incredible piece of anatomy! Many pieces of cartilage and many intricate muscles all contributing to our ability to phonate and communicate. A good understanding of its anatomy is also imperative to the surgical airway. Don’t fear, you will all...

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Plan your GSSE Study

Plan your GSSE Study

The Primary Anatomy quizzes have been designed to complement our GSSE study plan, working through each anatomical region per fortnight with a final quiz which covers all anatomical regions! For those who are unsure where to begin our structured timetable will provide...

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Cerebral Angiography

Cerebral Angiography

Cerebral angiography was pioneered by the Portuguese neurologist Egas Moniz in 1927 and has since continued to evolve to be the essential imaging for cerebrovascular pathology, frequently yielding more telling diagnostic images than conventional MRI or CT scans. With...

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Glioblastoma Multiforme

Glioblastoma Multiforme

An essential paper for all future Neurosurgeons! This article by Lacroix M, et al. remains one of the most cited articles in the field of neurosurgery, outlining the survival benefits of obtaining a near complete resection (>98%) in patients suffering from GBM,...

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