The JDocs Framework, aligned to the College's nine surgical core
competencies, describes the many tasks, skills and behaviours that
the junior doctor should achieve at defined levels during
postgraduate years (PGY) 1 to 3 and beyond. This will assist
doctors in the development towards a career in surgery, as well as
supporting those who follow other proceduralist careers.
The Surgical Education and Training (SET) program promotes high
quality, efficient surgical education and training through early
selection into speciality training - surgical trainees are selected
directly into the specialty in which they will undertake specialist
surgical education and training. Common standards and principles
underpin training across all the specialties.
The College offers a range of skills training courses to
eligible medical graduates that are supported by volunteer faculty
across a range of medical disciplines. Content covered includes
basic surgical skills, critical care management, literature and
research, trauma and training in teamwork and patient-centred
Eligible candidates are able to enrol online for ASSET, CCrISP®,
CLEAR, EMST and TIPS courses.
The Professional Development Program for Fellows aims to support
surgeons in all aspects of their professional life, encouraging
professional growth and workplace performance. Life- long learning
through professional development can improve capabilities and help
realise our full potential as surgeons as well as individuals. All
activities are CPD accredited and reflect the College guidelines
for surgical competence and performance. Visit the Professional
Development activities section of the RACS website for more
information on available activities.
Mentoring has been identified as an important learning and
development strategy for Surgeons. The Mentoring section provides
tools, templates and articles which will assist the mentor or
mentee to understand their roles and responsibilities, helping to
frame any mentoring relationship.
A range of online activities including courses, wikis and
forums, are available to Fellows, Trainees, IMGs, course
participants and faculty. Educational activities are offered in a
range of areas including Communication (patient and teamwork),
Clinical Decision Making, Goal Setting, Interacting with critical
care with many more available.
The College supports education and training providers in many
ways; RACS can accredit your course/activity, approve an activity
for continuing professional development and recognise a course,
eLearning module and web resource by an education provider.
This can be achieved from CME approval, course accreditation or
recognition of an educational activity. Educational standards and
criteria are available for providers to review prior to seeking
approval for an activity.
The Academy of Surgical Educators (ASE) is an initiative by The
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons to foster and promote the
pursuit of excellence in surgical education. The Academy's purpose
is to help support and develop all interested in surgical education
whether they are surgeons, trainees, International Medical
Graduates or non-surgeons. The Academy is open to all those who
have an active interest or involvement in surgical education and
Trainees progress through an integrated program that provides
them with increasing professional responsibility under appropriate
supervision. The College approves training posts that enable
Trainees to acquire the competencies needed to become consultant
surgeons, able to practise independently or as part of a
Post Fellowship Education and Training (PFET) programs may be
put forward by external Specialty Societies seeking accreditation
by the College. Approved PFET Programs will be accredited for five
years and are co-badged by the College and the Specialty Society
conducting the Program.
The College encourages experienced physicians with a passion for
teaching in surgical education to consider becoming a Skills Course
Instructor. The Skills Training Department offers five skills
courses to surgical Trainees and medical professionals in various
disciplines. The success of these courses is dependent on the
voluntary involvement of faculty from a variety of medical
disciplines on a pro bono basis.
The College operates or can access a number of specialty
training venues across the region, providing access to cutting-edge
techniques and technologies.
Opportunities to sponsor College activities linking the
healthcare industry with education and event providers are
The Specialist Training Program (STP) is an Australian
Government initiative which provides funding to support accredited
surgical training positions in an expanded range of settings beyond
traditional public teaching hospitals.