Fellowship Examination

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Overview 
Changes to the format of the Vascular Surgery Fellowship Examination
Notes to Candidates   
Written Examination
Clinical/Viva Examination 
Capping of Candidate Numbers - May 2014 
Dates and Locations
Eligibility to sit the Fellowship Examination
Application Form
Withdrawal from Examination
Contact  

Overview

The Fellowship Examination comprises 7 separate segments: 2 written papers and 5 clinical/viva segments. Please see the Conduct of Fellowship Examinations Policy for more information on the examination format. Should any significant changes or amendments to the examination format occur, all eligible candidates will be written to and notified of these no less than 6 months prior to the examination.

For further information, refer to Fellowship Examination Eligibility, Review and Feedback 

Review - Listen to Professor Spencer Beasley, Former Chair, Court of Examiners, speaking on the review of the Fellowship Examination in Surgical News Extra - September 2010 (MP3 file, 3.1Mb, 6min 34sec). The link opens the player in a new browser window. You can download the file by right-clicking on the link and selecting "Save Target As..." or "Save Link As...".

Changes to the format of the Vascular Surgery Fellowship Examination

The following changes to the format of the Vascular Surgery Fellowship Examination have been approved and will come into effect from May 2014 onwards:

  • Written Paper Two will be removed from the examination.
  • Written Paper One will be modified so that this paper will comprise a one hour long written question and six, ten minute short answer  questions (2 hours in total). The True / False MCQs will be removed from this component.
  • Written Paper Two will be replaced with a face to face scenario based viva, to be conducted at the time of the clinical examination, called Clinical Decision Making. This will be a 30 minute viva, comprising three, ten minute cases, each based on a clinical scenario.

Please refer to the Vascular Surgery Notes to Candidates for more information.

Notes to Candidates

Please click on the relevant specialty below to view the latest Notes to Candidates from the Senior Examiner.

  

Written Examination

The Fellowship Written Examination is held twice per calendar year: April and August. The written examination is conducted simultaneously across Australia and New Zealand and is held approximately 4 to 5 weeks prior to the Clinical/Viva Examinations. Please see the Fellowship Examination dates for the most up-to-date information.

The written examination is offered in:

Australia - Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
New Zealand - Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington

Candidates are advised to read the following guidelines for the written examination:

Candidate Guidelines for the Fellowship Written Examination (PDF 71KB) 

Clinical/Viva Examination

The Fellowship Clinical/Viva Examination is held twice per calendar year: May and September.

May Examination

The first examination of each year is held in May in both Australia and New Zealand.

The examination in Australia alternates between Melbourne and Brisbane and the examination in New Zealand alternates between Wellington and Auckland.

In May 2014 the New Zealand examination will take place in Auckland and will be for General Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery only. The Australian examination will take place in Brisbane and will be open to all specialties, except Neurosurgery which will only be offered in Auckland.

September Examination

The second examination of each year is held in September in Australia only.  This examination alternates between Adelaide and Sydney.

In September 2014 the examination will be held in Sydney for all specialties.

Capping of Candidate Numbers - May 2014

Due to the expected large number of applications for the April/May 2014 Fellowship Examination, the number of candidates able to present in Australia for General Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery has been capped:

  • The Senior Examiners will have the discretion to set maximum candidate numbers for Australia and New Zealand.
  • Once the maximum number is reached for Australia, candidates will have to present for their examination in New Zealand.
  • Applicants are advised that applications will be processed by date of receipt on a "first come, first served" basis.
  • Applicants are advised to follow the normal application process detailed below.

Dates and Locations

View the closing date for the receipt of applications below. All formalities must be completed on, or prior to, this date. Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted under any circumstances.

2014  May - Auckland/Brisbane

Closing date - Thursday  31 January 2014
Written papers (multiple centres) - Wednesday 16 April 2014
Clinical/Vivas (Auckland) - Friday 16, Saturday, 17 and Sunday 18 May 2014 (General Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery only)
Clinicals/Vivas (Brisbane) - Friday 23, Saturday 24, Sunday 25 and Monday 26 May 2014.

Please note that Neurosurgery Clinical/Viva Examinations will only take place in Auckland in May 2014.

General Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery will be offered in both Auckland and Brisbane in May 2014.

2014 September - Sydney

Closing date - Friday 6 June 2014
Written papers (multiple centres) - Thursday 21 August 2014
Clinicals/Vivas (Sydney)  Friday 19, Saturday 20, Sunday , 21 and Monday, 22 September 2014

Note: Dates are subject to alteration. If any date change is deemed necessary, wide publicity will be given. Intending candidates are, however, advised to maintain contact with the Examinations Department (see contact details).

Eligibility to sit the Fellowship Examination

To sit the Fellowship Examination, Trainees must:

  • be registered as an accredited Trainee of the College
  • have satisfied the specialty specific requirements of training approved by the specialty board.

Trainees must be approved as eligible to sit by the relevant specialty board on each occasion they present for the examination. Applications must be received by the closing date.

To determine eligibility of a Trainee sitting the examination, the specialty board chair may take into account:

  • a letter of support from the surgical supervisor
  • any outstanding fees.

 Application form

Application Form - Fellowship Examination September 2014 (PDF 65KB)

Please note that the closing date is 5.00pm (AEST) on Friday 6 June 2014.

All examination application documents are to be either scanned and emailed, documents will not be accepted as faxed copies, under any circumstances.

Applications received after the closing date (5.00pm AEST) will NOT be accepted. 

Withdrawals from examinations

Please note: Financial penalties will apply for withdrawals from the Fellowship Examination as outlined below:

Applicants:

  • not approved by the specialty board chair to present for the examination will be refunded the examination fee in full
  • withdrawing from the examination prior to the closing date will be refunded 75% of the examination fee
  • withdrawing from the examination after the closing date and more than 15 working days prior to the commencement of the clinical/viva segments of the examination will be refunded 50% of the examination fee
  • withdrawing from the examination after the closing date and less than 15 working days prior to the commencement of the clinical/viva segments of the examination will be refunded 25% of the examination fee.

Applicants who do not notify the Examinations Department in writing, advising they are withdrawing from the examination will forfeit the examination fee.

Contact

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

Telephone: +61 3 9249 1222 or 1247
Fax: +61 3 9249 1298
Email: examinations@surgeons.org