The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has been
recognised for over 80 years as the authoritative body for
standards and training in surgical practice in Australia and New
Zealand. RACS is accredited in Australia and New Zealand to train
surgeons as competent, independently practising specialists in each
of the nine surgical specialties.
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.
RACS conducts selection, training and assessment to ensure that
surgical trainees become competent surgeons who provide safe,
comprehensive surgical care of the highest standard to the
communities we serve.
Specialty training boards allocate trainees to accredited
training posts for their clinical placements. The specialty boards
monitor the quality and outcomes of training in each post
through regular hospital
accreditation processes and through information from
trainees' logbooks. Hospitals also have supervisors to
monitor trainee progress.
What specialties are surgeons trained in?
RACS trains doctors to become surgeons in nine surgical
Guide to SET
You will find detailed information about SET training in the Guide to SET Booklet (PDF 658
Nine RACS Competencies
The College has developed nine RACS competencies, deemed essential
for graduating trainees and surgeons. These nine competencies
You will find a framework for standards of performance in each
of the nine RACS competencies in Becoming a
competent and proficient surgeon: Training Standards for the Nine
RACS Competencies (PDF 172 KB)
Throughout their training, surgical trainees are assessed on a
range of work-based assessment tools as defined by their specialty
training board. Further information can be found in the
College's work-based assessment
resource (PDF) or on the AMC's online work-based
Information on examination dates and requirements.
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College of Surgeons' Gardens
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne Vic 3002 Australia