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SET examinations

All Surgical Education and Training (SET) Trainees undertake:

  • a Clinical Examination
  • a Generic Surgical Science Examination (SSE) - see a Generic SSE (PDF 28KB) summary
  • a Specialty-Specific Examination
  • a Fellowship Examination

Your specialty determines the Specialty Specific examination you will undertake:


Limited places in the Generic SSE will be available to non-SET doctors in 2015. Further information is available on the Becoming a Surgeon page.

The Generic SSE web pages have been updated to make it easier to find information about the exam.  No information has been removed.


Generic Surgical Science Examination (SSE)

Clinical Examination

Specialty Examinations

Fellowship Examination

Court of Examiners

Special Circumstances

Online resources (Members only)

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Resource units
Image banks 
Discussion forum 
Presentation: getting through the SSE
Trainee Resources (online journals and books)

Results (Members only)

Examination results 


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

+61 3 9249 1244 (Surgical Science Examination)
+61 3 9249 1245 (Clinical Examination)
+61 3 9249 1222 or 1247 (Fellowship Examination)

Fax: +61 3 9249 1298
Email: examinations@surgeons.org