Generic Surgical Sciences Examination (Generic SSE)

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About the Generic SSE

The Generic SSE web pages have been updated to make it easier to find information about the exam. No information has been removed. You will find the practice MCQs in the online resources.

Surgical training involves progressing in levels of competence from being a doctor with at least two years of postgraduate experience to becoming a practising specialist. Surgical trainees require core knowledge and skills before entering the operating theatre as junior team members. Knowledge of anatomy, pathology and physiology is fundamental to safe and comprehensive surgical practice.

Passing the Generic Surgical Sciences Examination (Generic SSE) demonstrates that the candidate understands anatomy, pathology and physiology at levels required for surgical training. All SET trainees are required to pass this exam in order to progress through the program.

Non-SET doctors' expressions of interest in the 2014 Generic SSE have now closed. Limited places for non-SET doctors will again be available in 2015. Further information is available on the Becoming a Surgeon page. Each specialty board has different selection criteria, so the relative importance of the Generic SSE in selection differs between surgical specialties and can change from year to year. SET applicants are encouraged to confirm the latest application regulations for their chosen specialty.

The basics

Preparing for the Generic SSE

On exam day

Your exam results



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

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