Surgical Teachers Education Program Committee


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Originally the Surgical Teachers Education Program (STEP) Committee was known as the Surgeons as Educators (SAE) Committee which was established in 1999. The Surgeons as Educators philosophy was to foster the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of surgical education, training and assessment within the College and this philosophy is still instilled in STEP today. Since 1999, the SAE Committee has governed a 5 day Surgeons as Educators Course, a 2.5 day Surgical Teachers Course and the Surgical Education program of the RACS Annual Scientific Congress.


With the introduction of work-based training and assessment in 2007, the Committee established a new course and sub-committee, Supervisors and Trainers for Surgical Education and Training (SAT SET) Committee, to meet the need of supervisors and trainers using work based assessment tools.  This year we also launched a flexible online version of SATSET.

In 2010 the Academy of Surgical Educators was established and the role of the Surgeons as Educators Committee was reviewed to clarify the respective roles of the Academy, the Committee and its sub-committee. The new committee replacing the Surgeons as Educators Committee is the STEP Committee.

In 2011 STEP Committee launched a 3 hour workshop called Keeping Trainees on Course which was developed from feedback received from SATSET participants.  This course focuses on encouraging feedback and providing skills in self-directed learning.

In 2012 the committee will launch a newly revised Surgical Teachers course, an online SATSET course for Trainees, and in 2013 a Surgeons as Educators course.

SATSET - Supervisors & Trainers for Surgical Education & Training
KTOT - Keeping Trainees on Track
STC - Surgical Teachers Course
SAE - Surgeons as Educators
SET SIT - Surgical Education & Training Selection Interviewer Training

For further membership enquiries contact the Committee Secretariat


View the STEP Committee Terms of Reference (PDF 29 KB)

Chair - Assoc Prof Jenepher Martin, FRACS


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