Selection Requirements and SET Application

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Applications for the 2018 selection intake are now open and will close on Friday 31 March at 12 noon (AEDT). No extensions will be available.

Please click on the button below for applications to the following specialty training programs:

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery - Australia
  • Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery - New Zealand
  • Paediatric Surgery
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - New Zealand

Please download and read the Selection to Surgical Education and Training Policy prior to application.

The following programs have individual application processes:

Applications close at 12 noon (AEDT Australian Eastern Daylight Time) on Friday 31 March 2017. No extensions will be available. Applicants are therefore encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.

Please note that the College cannot assist applicants with technical assistance in scanning records or uploading files. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that they have the resources necessary to lodge an application.

For further enquiries that cannot be answered by the website information, please contact: SET.Enquiries@surgeons.org

Please download and read the Selection to Surgical Education and Training Policy prior to applying for SET.


Generic eligibility requirements for selection into the SET program

Any person wishing to apply for selection into the training program of one (or more) of the surgical specialties must fulfil all of the generic eligibility criteria, plus the eligibility criteria for the specific specialty (or specialties).

The generic eligibility requirements which apply across all nine specialties are:

  • Permanent residency1 or citizenship of Australia or New Zealand at the time of registration.
  • General (unconditional) registration in Australia or general scope or restricted general scope registration in the relevant specialty2 in New Zealand.
  • Successful completion of the RACS Hand Hygiene Learning Module from Hand Hygiene Australia since 1 January 20133 (NZ registrants please note: Hand Hygiene New Zealand uses the Australian Learning Module as its default program. NZ registrants must also complete the Hand Hygiene Australia Learning Module.) Registrants must complete the RACS Module which is available on the Hand Hygiene Australia website. No other module will be accepted.
  • Completion of the RACS Let's Operate With Respect eModule4

All generic eligibility requirements must be satisfied at the time of registration. At the time of registration applicants must consent to a full criminal history check including submission of relevant documentation on request to enable this to be undertaken.

Registrants are required to download and read the following documents prior to registration, to ensure that they are fully informed about the SET Program registration and selection process:

Notes:

  1. Permanent (non-citizen) residents of New Zealand are not automatically entitled to residential approval in Australia. New Zealand (non-citizen) residents who apply for a program with Australian rotations will be responsible for securing a visa. In the event that a visa cannot be obtained no special arrangements can be made, and the offer of a place on the program may be withdrawn, or the trainee dismissed.
  2. Doctors with restricted general scope registration can only apply for training in the specialty to which they are restricted.
  3. Hand Hygiene module must have been completed since 1 January 2013. Your certificate must reflect this otherwise you will be asked to complete it again to ensure recency of skills. Your certificate must be the RACS specific Hand Hygiene Australia module.
  4. Access to the RACS Let's Operate With Respect will provided following payment of registration fee.

Specialty-specific eligibility requirements and selection processes

Applicants may apply for selection into SET if they can demonstrate, at the time of submitting their application that they have completed, or will complete prior to the start of the next training year, all the mandatory clinical requirements of the specialty to which they are applying. If a selected applicant does not fulfil the specialty requirements prior to the start of the next year of training the offer will be withdrawn.

For those specialties that conduct separate selection processes in Australia and New Zealand, an applicant may only apply for selection in one or the other country. Applicants will be required to nominate which country they are applying for at the time of registration.


Generic Surgical Sciences Examination (GSSE)

Most specialty training boards have introduced the successful completion of the GSSE as a mandatory eligibility requirement for the 2017 (2018 intake) selection process. Candidates are urged to contact the relevant specialty training board to ensure they are aware of the requirements.

All enquiries regarding the GSSE should be directed to the RACS Examinations Department.


Stages of the Selection Process

There are two stages in the selection process:

Stage 1

Stage 1 is the registration stage.

Anyone intending to apply for selection in 2017 must register their intention to apply within the specified time-frame. At the time of registration applicants must be able to meet the generic eligibility requirements. The fee for registration must be paid by any applicant who is not a current trainee in SET programs or Fellow. IMGs who have been recommended to apply to SET must pay the registration fee. All stage 1 registrations are conducted on-line through the College. Potential applicants for selection into SET cannot register via specialty societies and associations.

Stage 2

Stage 2 is the application and selection stage.

Doctors who have registered for selection and have been confirmed as satisfying the generic eligibility requirements may lodge an application for selection from 1 March 2017. The following specialties accept applications for selection through the College web-based application system:

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Australia and New Zealand
  • Paediatric Surgery
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, New Zealand

The following specialties accept applications for selection through their specialty societies:

Applications close at 12 noon (AEDT-Australian Eastern Daylight Time) on Friday 31 March 2017. No extensions will be available. Applicants are therefore encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.


Fees for selection

Stage 1:

  • Selection Registration Fee AU $550 (incl GST) - There is no refund on this fee

Stage 2:

  • Selection Processing Fee for AU only or bi-national programs $850 (incl GST1) - There is no refund on this fee
  • Selection Processing Fee NZ programs $965 (incl GST2) - There is no refund on this fee

Note 1: AU GST only payable by AU residents

Note 2: NZ GST only payable by NZ residents

This Selection Processing Fee applies to:

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (Australia and New Zealand)
  • Paediatric Surgery
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, New Zealand

The following other specialty programs will publish their own Selection Processing Fees:

  • General Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery - Australia and New Zealand
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Australia
  • Urology
  • Vascular Surgery

Applicants applying to more than one specialty are required to pay for a Selection Processing Fee for each specialty at the time of submitting their application/ CV.


Timeline for selection 2017

Stage 1 Selection registration Opens: 5 January 2017 (12.00 noon AEDT) Closes: 3 February 2017 (5.00 pm AEDT)
Stage 2 Selection application Opens: 1 March 2017 (12.00 noon AEDT) Closes: 31 March 2017 (12.00 noon AEDT)
Stage 3 Referee reports collected 27 April 2017 - 24 May 2017 (5.00 pm AEST)
Stage 4 Interviews June / July 2017
Stage 5 Announcement of offers NZ only 3 July 2017
Stage 6 Announcement of offers AUS and bi-national programs 24 July 2017

If you are eligible to apply in 2017 for the SET program, you must have registered for selection between 5 January and 3 February 2017.

Applicants offered a position on a training program must accept within stated time frame in letter of offer. Offers not accepted within the nominated timeframe will be automatically rescinded.


Specialty-specific eligibility requirements for selection into the SET program

Cardiothoracic Surgery
General Surgery - Australia
General Surgery - New Zealand
Neurosurgery
Orthopaedic Surgery - Australia
Orthopaedic Surgery - New Zealand
Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery - Australia
Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery - New Zealand
Paediatric Surgery
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Australia
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - New Zealand
Urology
Vascular Surgery


Contact

For further enquiries that cannot be answered by the website information, please contact SET.Enquiries@surgeons.org or phone +61 3 9249 1114