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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.

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

After attending this course, you should be able to: 

  • Work in a humanitarian crisis, providing emergency surgical care to populations exposed to or recovering from the health consequences of conflict and natural or man-made catastrophe
  • Make resource based triage decisions
  • Perform a range of surgical procedures, including management of extremity injuries, trauma and amputations
  • Describe issues and challenges facing surgeons and other medical specialties in austere environments
  • Manage obstetric and gynaecological emergencies, including understanding when and how to safely perform a caesarean section
  • Handle the normal range of abdominal emergencies affecting a civilian population in resource-constrained environments


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.

Course developed with DFID and UKMed

This course has been developed with support from the governmental Department for International Development (DFID) and also from registered NGO UKMed.

Booking Options

Partner Centres

LONDON, United Kingdom

23 Sep 2019
27 Sep 2019

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Pricing notes:

Full price: £2199.00
RCS England Members/Fellows: £1979.10

Course Fees:

Please note, for courses held at the College, we require full payment upon booking. Take a look at our cancellation policy first.

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LONDON, United Kingdom


St George's University of London
St Georges Hospital Medical School
SW17 0RE
United Kingdom
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