Education and Training


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.


JDocs: becoming a surgeon

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.

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.

Skills Training courses

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 communication.

Eligible candidates are able to enrol online for ASSET, CCrISP®, CLEAR, EMST, OWR and TIPS courses.

Professional development activities

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.

eLearning courses (Login required)

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.

Approval or Accreditation of educational courses and activities

The College supports education and training providers by accrediting a course/activity and by approving an activity for continuing professional development.

This can be achieved from CME approval and course accreditation. Educational standards and criteria are available for providers to review prior to seeking approval for an activity.

Academy of Surgical Educators

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 training.

Training post accreditation

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 multidisciplinary team.

Post Fellowship Education and Training (PFET)

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.

Getting involved as faculty

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.

For educational providers and trainers

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 available.

Specialist Training Program

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.