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Surgical Training for Austere Environments (STAE)

This interactive five-day course teaches the essential surgical decision-making strategies and techniques for surgeons working in austere conditions.

You will use unembalmed cadavers to practice procedures commonly required in a humanitarian crisis, conflict zone or catastrophe aftermath.

The final day of the course (O&G) is typically held at a London venue.

Our expert faculty will share hands-on experience gained through their work in places such as Afghanistan, Darfur and Haiti.

Scholarships are available from the David Nott Foundation

RCS membership entitles you to a 10% discount on this course at partner centres. Find out if you're eligible to join or transfer

  • £2,199.00
  • 5 days
  • 30.00 CPD Points
5 days
30.00 CPD Points


This course is suitable for: ST4-8, consultants and SAS grades.

Learning Outcomes

Following the course you should be able to:

  • discuss and plan the requirements for providing emergency surgical care in a humanitarian crisis;
  • make resource based triage decisions;
  • describe issues and challenges facing surgeons and other medical specialties in austere settings;
  • perform a wide range of surgical procedures in a resource constrained environment;
  • know how to handle the normal range of abdominal emergencies affecting a civilian population in resource constrained settings;
  • know how to manage paediatric emergencies in austere environments.

Following the course, you should have increased your knowledge of, and ability to perform, procedures relating to:

  • penetrating and crush injuries;
  • trauma of the limbs, head, thorax and torso;
  • head and neck trauma;
  • plastic surgery, including burns, flaps and skin grafts;
  • orthopaedic trauma, including management of fractures and amputations;
  • obstetric and gynaecological emergencies, including understanding when and how to safely perform a C Section. 


This course combines practical workshops using unembalmed cadavers with interactive lectures.

Additional Information

Course content

You will cover a variety of topics during this course, including:

  • cases associated with conflict and catastrophe, particularly penetrating and crush injuries as well as the management of trauma of the limbs, head, thorax and torso;
  • post-disaster/conflict procedures including skin flaps and grafts, and the management of orthopaedic fractures using external fixation and traction;
  • decision-making and management of obstetric emergencies including post-partum haemorrhage and caesarean section in austere environments. 

Take a look at a sample Surgical Training for Austere Environments (STAE) programme.

Booking Options

There are currently no dates available for this course. Please register your interest and we will email you when the next dates are announced.

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Further information and queries


Phone us

Call 020 7869 6300 to talk with a member of our team. 

We are available to answer calls during our working hours of 8.30am–5:00pm, Monday–Friday and there is a voicemail outside this time.