- Q: How many times can I apply to SET?
A: There is no
limit to the number of applications you may make to SET.
Unsuccessful applicants will be
advised about their applications, with strong career advice being
given to any applicant who has made three unsuccessful applications
to the same specialty.
- Q: Can I apply as soon as I've finished my medical
A: The earliest you
may apply to SET is when you are in PGY2.
- Q: How many specialties can I apply to?
A: You may apply to
all nine surgical specialties if you wish.
- Q: If I've already done an ED and/or ICU rotation as an
intern will I have to repeat these?
A: See the specialty-specific selection
requirements for the specialty or specialties that you are
interested in. Some specialties have a restriction regarding the
currency of your clinical experiences; usually this is within the
last two to five years.
- Q: When will selection occur?
A: There are common
application dates for all surgical specialties in Australia and New
Registration of intention to apply,
opens in January and closes in February.
Application opens in March and closes
Selection for all specialties will be
completed by mid July. Successful applicants must accept offers
within 10 days of the offer.
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- Q: What is the earliest time I can sit the early SET
exams? How long will the exam results be valid, if I pass
A: The 'early' SET
exams include a generic MCQ format Surgical Sciences Exam (SSE), a
specialty-specific Surgical Sciences Exam and a clinical (OSCE)
exam. These exams are held in February and June each year. SET
trainees are eligible to sit these exams once they have been
selected into SET. From 2014, limited places will be available in
the Generic Surgical Sciences Exam (Generic SSE) for non-SET
trainees. See Preparing for SET for updates on
The Generic Surgical Sciences Exam
and Clinical Exam results do not have a 'lifetime'. Surgical
trainees who have satisfied these Exam requirements will not be
required to repeat them if they change specialties, however
trainees who change specialties may be required to do an
additional, specialty-specific exam.
- Q: What are the eligibility criteria for applying to
A: There are two
types of eligibility criteria -- generic and specialty-specific --
which applicants must satisfy in order to proceed with their
eligibility criteria apply to all surgical
1. have permanent residency or
citizenship status of Australia or New Zealand
2. General (unconditional) registration in Australia or General
scope or restricted general scope registration in the relevant
specialtyin New Zealand.
3. Completion of Hand Hygiene Australia's Hand Hygiene module
Applicants must also consent to a
full criminal history check including submission of relevant
documentation on request to enable this to be undertaken. All
generic eligibility requirements must be completed prior to the
closing of registration in the year of application,
Detailed specialty-specific eligibility
criteria are published on the College website.
- Q: When do I have to complete the eligibility
generic eligibility requirements must be completed
before registration closes.
eligibility requirements: Applicants must be able to
demonstrate at the time of submitting their
application that they meet the eligibility requirements
defined by the specialty. Some specialties allow applicants to
complete some eligibility requirements before the start of the next
training year, however, if a selected applicant does not fulfil
those requirements before the start of the next training year the
offer will be withdrawn.
Unless stated otherwise, an
acceptable clinical rotation is a post-graduate experience with a
minimum duration of 8 weeks, which has been under the supervision
of an appropriately qualified clinician (surgeon, physician,
anaesthetist or intensivist, depending on the type of term). A
Critical Care experience is defined as ICU, HDU, or similar high
intensity clinical area training environments, including, by way of
example, cardiothoracic; burns units; spinal units; vascular units;
and busy acute general surgery units.
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- Q: Can I apply to SET in Australia and New
A: Applicants to
specialties which conduct separate selection application processes
in Australia and New Zealand, may only apply for selection in one
country, not both. Applicants must nominate which country they are
applying to at the time of application.
- Q: What are the pre-requisites for the
A: As well as
generic eligibility requirements many specialties have
specialty-specific requirements. Specialty-specific requirements
are available on the College website in Selection requirements.
- Q: I've got a specialty /ICU/ED rotation scheduled for
later in the year. Am I eligible to apply to SET this
A: That depends
upon the eligibility requirements of the specialty to which you are
- Q: Will I have to resit the SSE (MCQ) exam in SET if I
did it in BST?
A: Trainees who
completed BST will need to complete all examinations specified by
the relevant specialty. Exemption can no longer be
claimed for the Basic Surgical Exams (BSE).
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