Approval of Post Fellowship Education and Training Programs

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The PFET Committee is responsible for assessing and accrediting Post Fellowship Education and Training Programs which may be proposed by Specialty Societies of the nine specialties, or, by Sub-specialty Societies that have obtained sponsorship from the relevant major Specialty Society. The PFET Committee is comprised of nominees of the Societies representing the nine surgical specialties. Approved PFET Programs will be co-badged by the College and the relevant Society or Specialty Society, however the College does not itself manage or administer the PFET Programs - this is undertaken by the relevant Society.

Approved PFET Programs

Hand Surgery

The Australian Hand Surgery Society (AHSS) Post Fellowship Training Program in Hand Surgery was approved by Council in October 2011, to provide training in both Australia and New Zealand.  Details of this program, the positions available, and the application process may be found at the AHSS website.

Spinal Surgery

The Neurosurgical Society of Australasia's (NSA) Post Fellowship Training Program in Spinal Surgery was approved by Council in June 2010, to provide training in both Australia and New Zealand. Details of the program, the positions available, and the application process may be found at the NSA website.

The Spine Society of Australia (SSA) and Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA) Spinal Surgery Training Program was approved in June 2011, to provide training in Australia. Details of the program, the positions available, and the application process may be found at the SSA website.

Criteria for Approval of Post Fellowship Training Programs

A Post Fellowship Training Program proposal must include information on:

  • Demonstrated need based on public benefit
  • Justification on the basis of a specific and unique technical and scientific knowledge base
  • Evidence that the proposed program provides education and training that is significantly more specialised than that currently provided at a generalist level in one or more of the College's nine specialty training programs
  • A defined curriculum based on the College Competencies
  • Evidence of deliverability of the proposed curriculum
  • In-training formative assessments
  • Processes to assess satisfactory performance in training (including progression and remediation of unsatisfactory performance) and a mechanism to confirm satisfactory completion of training
  • Appropriate mechanisms for identifying in surgical supervisors and educators
  • Administrative support funded from program fees
  • Consideration of workforce issues including the impact of sub-specialisation on the workplace
  • Continuing Professional Development

Approval Process

To assess proposals the PFET Committee will appoint an Assessment Subcommittee. Members of the assessment Subcommittee will be members of the PFET Committee or coopted members as approved.

The Assessment Subcommittee will include representatives of each of the specialties that recognises the sub-specialty (known as 'interested specialty representatives'), as well as an equal number of 'non-interested specialty representatives'. The Assessment Subcommittee consider the proposal in accordance with the Guidelines for Approval of Post Fellowship Training, and will put forward to the PFET Committee a report for consideration. The full PFET Committee will consider the report and make a recommendation to the Education Board for approval. Final sign-off occurs at Council.

Implementation

If a proposed Post Fellowship Education and Training Program is approved, the Society proposing the program must enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the College and the sponsoring Specialty Societies. A service agreement must be negotiated detailing the administration and funding of the program. The agreement will include, but not be limited to selection, post accreditation, training and assessment, and reporting.

Once trainees have commenced the PFET program, a 'per-trainee' annual Administration Fee (PDF 27KB) is payable to the College by the Society.

Submission Process

Proposals may be submitted by a Specialty Society representing one of the nine specialties, or, by Sub-specialty Societies that have obtained sponsorship from a Specialty Society representing one of the nine specialties. If the proposed PFET program intends to operate in both Australia and New Zealand, sponsorship by both the relevant Australian and New Zealand Societies is required.

Proposals addressing the accreditation criteria should be addressed to the Chair of the PFET Committee and sent care of the Executive Officer.

A Program Assessment Fee (PDF 27KB) is payable to the College at the time of submission.

Related Policies

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Contact

Executive Officer
Post Fellowship Education and Training Committee 

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

Telephone: +61 3 9276 7418
Fax: +61 3 9249 1240
Email: pfetc@surgeons.org