The main components
Surgical trainees work and train in hospitals under the
supervision of experienced surgeons. The training year begins in
December in New Zealand and in January in Australia. The main
components of SET training are:
- placements (or rotations) in hospital posts
- short courses - College run skills courses and
- research - each specialty has research requirements
- assessments - including work-based assessments and generic and
All surgical trainees must complete a number of generic short
courses, often called 'skills courses'. Learn
more about skills courses. Many surgical specialties also
deliver specialty-specific courses. Information about these is
available on each specialty's website.
All surgical trainees undertake one or more research projects
during SET. Learn more about audits and
surgical research. Each surgical specialty can provide
information about their SET research requirements.
Surgical trainees are assessed during SET through a combination
of work-based assessments and examinations. Work-based assessments
include Mid Term and End of Term reports, Direct Observation of
Procedural Skills (DOPS) reports, Mini Clinical Examination
(MiniCEX) reports and logbooks. Examinations comprise both written format
and practical 'clinical' format exams, and the topics being
examined are either generic to all surgical trainees or
What happens after
Upon successful completion of SET, trainees become Fellows of
the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and are endorsed
to practise independently in the specialty in which they trained.
In their first 10 years of Fellowship, they are known as Younger Fellows.