Becoming a Surgeon

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Becoming a Surgeon overview

Surgery is a challenging and rewarding career, requiring commitment, discipline and compassion. Surgical training usually takes five to six years following completion of a medical degree. This section of the site contains information for people interested in a surgical career - including an explanation of selection requirements, the Surgical Education and Training (SET) program and information for International Medical Graduates (IMGs).

JDocs Framework

The JDocs Framework, aligned to the College's nine surgical core competencies, describes the many tasks, skills and behaviours that the junior doctor should achieve at defined levels during postgraduate years (PGY) 1 to 3 and beyond. This will assist doctors in the development towards a career in surgery, as well as supporting those who follow other proceduralist careers. Visit the JDocs website for further information.

Surgery as a career

This section of the site describes the steps to starting a surgical career. You can also see video interviews with surgeons talking about their career highlights.

Preparing for SET

This section of the site contains information for Junior Doctors who are interested in sitting the Generic Surgical Sciences Examination (GSSE).

Surgical Education and Training (SET)

This section of the site contains information about the College's Surgical Education and Training (SET) program.

International Medical Graduates

This section of the site contains information for doctors who have graduated from a medical college outside Australia or New Zealand and who wish to become a Fellow of RACS.