Becoming a Surgeon


Find a surgeon

The Find a Surgeon directory is a listing of active Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons who meet the requirements of the College's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program and have opted to be on the list. This list excludes retired or inactive Fellows.



Surgery is a challenging and rewarding career, requiring commitment, discipline and compassion. Surgical training usually takes five to six years following completion of a medical degree. This section of the site contains information for people interested in a surgical career - including an explanation of selection requirements, the Surgical Education and Training (SET) program and information for International Medical Graduates (IMGs).

JDocs Framework

Subscription to the JDocs resources provides prevocational doctors with access to an ePortfolio, as well as educational resources, such as eLearning modules and a logbook. These tools provide additional support to the Framework. The ePortfolio also provides opportunities for prevocational doctors to develop their professional profile by recording and logging their experiences, as well as capturing evidence of their personal achievements. The College believes this is an important initiative towards improving work-based assessment for junior doctors, some of whom will become future SET applicants.

Please visit the JDocs website for further information.

Surgery as a career

This section of the site describes the steps to starting a surgical career. You can also see video interviews with surgeons talking about their career highlights.

Surgical Education and Training (SET)

This section of the site contains information about the College's Surgical Education and Training (SET) program.

International Medical Graduates

This section of the site contains information for doctors who have graduated from a medical college outside Australia or New Zealand and who wish to become a Fellow of RACS.