Training Standards for Surgeons


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Training Standards for Surgeons

Becoming a competent and proficient surgeon:
Training Standards for the Nine RACS Competencies

The booklet has been developed to provide a guide for trainees and their supervisors as to the stage a trainee has reached for any one of the competencies. The framework is structured around each of the RACS competencies:

  • Medical Expertise
  • Judgement - Clinical Decision Making
  • Technical Expertise
  • Professionalism and Ethics
  • Health Advocacy
  • Communication
  • Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Management and Leadership
  • Scholarship and Teaching

The framework describing standards for competency acquisition is intended for use:

  • by supervisors as a guide to assist them in more clearly identifying the strengths and weakness of their trainees and their progress
  • by trainees as a self-assessment guide in monitoring their own progress and identifying any area (or areas) in which they need to improve
  • by training boards as a guide to assist them in their decision making about the progress of each individual trainee in their training program, and
  • as a framework around which assessment processes and tools can be evaluated and/or designed to ensure closer alignment between assessment processes and program requirements.

 Download the Becoming a competent and proficient surgeon booklet (PDF 115 KB).


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