Training in Professional Skills (TIPS)


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Course overview
Participant testimonials
Schedule and fees

Course overview


The Training in Professional Skills (TIPS) course offers a unique opportunity to learn professional skills relevant to surgery and to practice these skills in a safe and supportive learning environment.

The course runs for two days and is conducted for 12 participants, with a faculty of 6-8 instructors. Through a combination of interactive lectures, small group activities, discussions and immersive simulation scenarios, participants address issues and events that occur in the clinical and operating theatre environment that require skills in communication, teamwork, decision making, crisis resource management, conflict resolution and leadership.


At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • describe the benefits and challenges associated with effective patient-doctor communication in surgical practice
  • describe the benefits and challenges associated with effective teamwork and collegial communication in surgical practice
  • identify personal strengths and areas for improvement with respect to skills relevant to the above domains
  • identify methods for practising and integrating these skills in the workplace
  • reflect on achieving appropriate professional behaviours

Course Program

For an outline of the two day course please view the TIPS course program (PDF 281KB)

Target audience

The TIPS course is designed to be generic to all specialties of surgical training and be relevant to Trainees who have already undertaken two to three years of their surgical training (SET 2 or SET 3).

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Participant Testimonials

"Opportunities to explore the team environment in a difficult situation and have the opportunity to debrief and reflect on the principles."

"Tutors/facilitators were the best part of the course. A great deal of fun. Wonderful educational experience."

"Excellent actors and plenty of time for all team members to take part in simulations."

"A great immersive course that should be compulsory for surgical Trainees."

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To attend TIPS all participants must be Medical Graduates Post Graduate Year (PGY) two or over with an interest in a surgical career.

You must be eligible at the time of enrolment.

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Schedule and fees

Course schedule

Please note: Courses are not run in every state. 2019 courses will open for enrolment in November 2018.

TIPS Course Schedule 2019 (PDF 103KB)


2019: Australia

  • Trainees - $2,790.00 (incl. GST)
  • Non-Trainees - $3,325.00 (incl. GST)

2019: New Zealand

  • Trainees - $3,150.00 (incl. GST)
  • Non-Trainees - $3,755.00 (incl. GST)

Courses conducted in New Zealand will be invoiced in NZ dollars, regardless of residential country of applicant.

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Online enrolment for all 2019 courses is now open to all eligible applicants:

Candidates are encouraged to enrol in the course at least six weeks prior to course commencement to ensure adequate preparation. Enrolments close three weeks prior to course commencement.

How to enrol

  • Log in or create a College account 
  • Have your medical registration number and date of graduation details on hand
  • Full payment is required at the time of enrolment
  • If a course is full, you can register for a reserve place 
  • Join the Skills Training mailing list to be kept up to date with release dates
  • Please note that if the minimum number of enrolments required for this course to run is not met, courses may be cancelled.

Withdrawals and transfers

To withdraw from your allocated course, please complete the 

Unfortunately transfers to alternative courses are not possible. Applicants are required to withdraw from their original course then enrol in another course.

Please refer to the cancellation policy for details regarding course refunds.

Skills course cancellation policy

  • Cancellations of more than 10 weeks prior to course: 95% refund of course fee
  • Cancellations of less than 10 weeks prior to course: 50% refund of course fee
  • Cancellations of less than 6 weeks prior to course: No refund of course fee

The cancellation policy still applies if you choose to move from one course to another. You will be required to enrol and pay for an alternative course. Please note that refunds take approximately ten business days to process.

Cancelled courses

In the unlikely event that a course is cancelled, RACS will not be held responsible for reimbursing airfare, hotel or other costs incurred by the registrant. A course can be cancelled up to 3 weeks prior to course commencement, whereby candidates are issued a 100% refund.

Further information

Please visit Frequently Asked Questions for further information.

For information about course governance please visit  TIPS Committee.

For information about course policies please visit Skills Training Policies.

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TIPS Program Administrator
Skills Training Department
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Surgeons' Gardens
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia

Telephone: +61 3 9276 7419
Facsimile: +61 3 9249 1298

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