Keeping Trainees on Track


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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.


Registrations are now open. (log in required).

Workshop information

What will you learn?

Keeping Trainees on Track (KTOT) has been revised and completely redesigned to provide new content in early detection of Trainee difficulty, performance management and holding difficult but necessary conversations.

This free 3 hour course is aimed at College Fellows who provide supervision and training SET Trainees. During the course, participants will have the opportunity to explore how to set up effective start of term meetings, diagnosing and supporting Trainees in four different areas of Trainee difficulty, effective principles of delivering negative feedback and how to overcome barriers when holding difficult but necessary conversations.

Key learning outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Recognise four different areas of trainee difficulties
  • Recognise how to identify and support trainees in difficulty
  • Identify effective principles of holding a difficult but necessary conversation
  • Practice delivering a difficult conversation.

Now available online!

KTOT is now available online as a self paced workshop. This new eLearning course is based on the face-to-face course and participants work through a series of questions, quizzes, video, discussion forums and resources to complete the four sections of the course. To access the online course, members should log in to the website, go to My Page, and then scroll down to eLearning in the menu on the left hand side. Once you've clicked on the Keeping Trainees on Track link, select enrol in course and you will be directed to the online course.

Target group:

This course is recommended for Fellows who are supervisors and trainers. Participants are encouraged to attend this course in conjunction with the Foundation Skills for Surgical Educators CourseSAT SET Course and Surgical Teachers Course.

Key details


1pm to 4pm

Location and date

Friday 12 July 2019 - Gold Coast, QLD, Australia; Venue TBA

Tuesday 20 August 2019 - New Zealand; Venue TBA

Friday 8 November 2019 - Launceston, TAS, Australia: Venue TBA

Fee (All values contain GST):

Free for Fellows, Trainees or International Medical Graduates within the College

A$200  for non-members of the College                                                                                                         

NZ$225  for non-members of the College

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points

This educational activity has been approved in the College's CPD Program. Fellows who participate can claim 1 point per hour (maximum of 3 points) in Category 3 - Maintenance of Knowledge and Skills. For those with a RACS CPD requirement this activity will be automatically uploaded to your record.


College Fellows trained in facilitation

More information: Participants are provided with a course manual which contains handouts and professional readings, including:


Surgical Education and Training

  • Surgical Supervisors
  • Dismissal from Surgical Training
  • Discrimination, Bullying and Sexual Harassment
  • Assessment of Clinical Training


  • Appeals Mechanism


Department of Professional Development
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Surgeons' Gardens
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia

Telephone: +61 3 9276 7440
Fax: +61 3 9276 7412