Surgeons are doctors who have completed extra training in the
surgical specialty of their choice. There are nine
- Cardiothoracic Surgery
- General Surgery
- Orthopaedic Surgery
- Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
- Paediatric Surgery
- Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Vascular Surgery
There are also sub-specialties where a surgeon concentrates
their skills on a particular area within a specialty.
Once a doctor has completed their training as a surgeon,
including exams and several clinical placements, they will sit for
the Fellowship exam. When this exam
is passed, they will be admitted as a Fellow of the Royal
Australasian College of Surgeons, and be able to use FRACS after
RACS Surgeons are highly qualified and
up-to-date with the latest developments in their area of skill.
They have considerable knowledge and give the best possible care to
FRACS stands for Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of
Surgeons, a qualification awarded only to those doctors who have
successfully completed several years of rigorous surgical
With a proven commitment to lifelong learning and the highest
standards of professionalism, Fellows of the College offer you and
your family safe and comprehensive surgical care.
You can find a FRACS surgeon by using our Find a Surgeon
Before being admitted to Fellowship, a RACS surgeon is required
to make the following pledge:
I pledge to always act in the best
interests of my patients, respecting their autonomy and rights.
I undertake to improve my knowledge
and skills, evaluate, and reflect on my performance.
I agree to continue learning and
teaching for the benefit of my patients, my trainees and my
I will be respectful of my
colleagues, and readily offer them my assistance and support.
I will abide by the Code of Conduct
of this College, and will never allow considerations of financial
reward, career advancement, or reputation to compromise my
judgement or the care I provide.
I accept the responsibility and
challenge of being a surgeon and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian
College of Surgeons.
This pledge represents the commitment that Fellows make to
patients, to surgery and to the community at large. To continue to
use FRACS throughout their surgical career, a surgeon must continue
to abide by the above pledge and comply with the Continuing
Professional Development (CPD) program of the College.
Being a surgeon requires lifelong learning and the College
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program ensures that RACS
surgeons not only maintain competency but also continuously build
on and improve their clinical knowledge and skills. The College
places great emphasis on its CPD program as a means of protecting
and promoting high standards of health and safety to the public.
Only those surgeons who hold FRACS and participate in the College
CPD program are eligible for registration on Find
a Surgeon. The College Code of Conduct is available under position
Watch former President Ian Gough recite the Fellowship
Former College President Professor Gough recites the
Fellowship Pledge now taken by all College Fellows at their
convocation (2min 2sec).
This video forms part of the Past President's Reflections
interview in 2010 in which former College President
Professor Ian Gough highlighted memorable events that occurred
during his presidency (2008-2010).