Supervisors and Trainers for SET - SAT SET course


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Workshop information

What will you learn?

The Supervisors and Trainers for Surgical Education and Training (SAT SET) course aims to enable supervisors and trainers to effectively fulfil the responsibilities of their important roles, under the new Surgical Education and Training (SET) program. This free 3 hour workshop assists  Supervisors and Trainers  to understand their roles and responsibilities, including legal issues around assessment. It explores strategies which focus on the performance improvement of trainees, introducing the concept of work-based training and two work based assessment tools; the Mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise (Mini CEX) and Directly Observed Procedural Skills (DOPS).

Key learning outcomes

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Define the responsibilities of Supervisors, Trainers and Trainees
  • Develop awareness of the College's training policies and legal issues
  • Compare work-based assessment tools and select appropriate tools for assessing different competencies
  • Gain skills in use of assessment tools:
    - Mini-CEX
    - DOPS
  • Recognise the importance of feedback following assessment, and barriers to giving effective feedback.

Now available online!

The SAT SET online modules have been redesigned to incorporate the new content of the face-to-face course. There are four short interactive modules, covering the topics of Roles and Responsibilities; Work-based assessment; Assessment tools; and Giving feedback. The modules include videos and an opportunity to practice using work-based assessment tools, such as the Mini-CEX and DOPS.

Target group - This course is recommended for Fellows who are supervisors and trainers. Participants are encouraged to attend the SAT SET Course in conjunction with the Foundation Skills for Surgical Educators CourseKeeping Trainees on Track Course and Surgical Teachers Course.

Key details


9am to 12pm

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 members (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.

Presenters: RACS Fellows trained in facilitation

Generic course program (PDF 108 KB)


Course materials:

The Performance Counselling for Supervisors handout (PDF 97 KB) contains tips that can be used to critique the performance of the supervisor in the Mid-Term Meeting Scenario.

The Assessing Surgical Trainees manual (PDF 305 KB) is for supervisors and trainees and provides guidelines for assessing surgical trainees under clinical assessment.  


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