Academy of Surgical Educators

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The Academy of Surgical Educators (ASE) aims to foster and promote the pursuit of excellence in surgical education. The Academy has recently clarified its role by renewing its initial focus of supporting, enhancing and recognising surgical educators within the College. This will be facilitated through identifying the changing needs of the faculty and addressing those needs through the professional development activities offered.

The Academy will oversight the curricular development related to generic education needs of  surgeon-teachers, trainers, supervisors, assessors, and examiners - across the Boards, Court of Examiners, Professional Development and the Surgical Societies. The Academy will respect the syllabus content of the education in surgery delivered by the Training Boards and Specialist Societies. The Academy will support the education delivery and faculty development for these groups as appropriate.

It will continue to be the driving force behind the ASC Surgical Education Program and Educational Master Class programs at the Annual Scientific Congress, as well as research in the field of surgical education. Collaborations with other Colleges and Universities both domestically and abroad will be explored.

We invite you to apply for Academy Membership. Membership is open to Fellows, Trainees and non-surgeons who contribute to surgical education programs and have an interest in increasing their capacity to deliver surgical education. Surgical supervisors are encouraged to become members.

Many supervisors and trainers have an investment in enhancing the future of surgery. Membership of the Academy will provide you with an opportunity to share your creative ideas and solutions for advancing surgical education and influencing the strategic educational direction of the College through the Academy. Your contributions will be highly valued.

Courses and Events

Academy Forum 2015

Watch this space for details on the Academy Forum 2015, or contact the ASE secretariat.

The Academy Forum is proudly supported by Covidien Covidien

International Medical Symposium - Registrations open soon

The Future of the Medical Profession
Friday 13 March 2015
Sofitel Melbourne On Collins
The 2015 International Medical Symposium will be held on Friday 13 March 2015 at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins and replaces the previous annual Conjoint Medical Education Seminar held between 2012-2014.
Hosted by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), the symposium is convened in conjunction with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) in association with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) and The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP).
'The Future of the Medical Profession' is the theme of this symposium. There will be significant representation from overseas with speakers from the United Kingdom, Canada, United States of America and New Zealand.
The interactive program will comprise of five sessions:
1. International Perspectives - Where will Medicine be in 10-20 Years?
2. Practice in the Future - Views From Consumers, Trainees and Educators
3. Future is NOW - Just Graduated Doctors, Trainee Spokesperson, Senior Regulator
4. Challenges for Medicine - International links, Global health, Ageing, Professionalism
5. Wrap-up commentary - Next steps
The symposium aims to attract medical education leaders, medical regulators and institutions involved in medical education and training and the wider medical community.
For further information, please email or phone +61 3 9249 1260.

Academy Educator Studio Sessions

The Academy will be hosting FREE Educator Studio Sessions at the College's offices and simultaneously broadcasting to its members via a web conferencing platform during 2014.

Members are welcome to attend the educational event in person and network with colleagues or participate online. Each presentation will be followed by a Q and A style session (fielding questions from the audience in the room and online), with a catered networking opportunity to follow.

If you are interested in attending the Educator Studio Sessions then please indicate via email on or +61 3 9249 1212 for catering purposes. Attendance is free and open to all of our Academy members.

National Simulation Health Educator training program

Academy members are invited to participate in NHET Sim, Australia's first National Simulation Health Educator training program, funded by Health Workforce Australia.

Educators who currently use or intend to use simulation as an educational tool to support the education and training of others are encouraged to attend free of charge. The program is being tailored for a surgical educator audience and will involve two online core components - 'Simulation based education: contemporary issues for the health professionals' and 'Being a simulation educator'; and a one day workshop on 'Simulated patient methodology' and 'Patient focused simulations'. All participants that complete the program will be acknowledged as a NHET SIM graduate.

The workshop will be facilitated by Professor Debra Nestel, Monash University and will be held at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

2015 dates to be confirmed soon. For further details please contact the ASE secretariat.

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Attendance is free and open to all of our Academy members.

Graduate Programs in Surgical Education

Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters level programs in surgical education are now offered in partnership with the Department of Surgery and Medical Education Unit, the University of Melbourne and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

The programs are designed to support surgeons in gaining formal skills in teaching and educational scholarship. There are core and optional subjects with flexible delivery modes. Subjects include: Contemporary Context of Surgical Education, Educational Methods - Practice & Theory, Curriculum Design in Surgical Education, Recruitment & Selection of Trainees, Teaching Human Factors and Professional Skills for Surgery. The content reflects critical issues in the broader education community together with specific challenges for surgical education - the role of regulatory bodies, balancing clinical service with training, ethical imperatives for simulation based education, safer working conditions including safe hours and more.

The programs are open to anyone holding an MBBS (or equivalent) and a practicing or trainee surgeon.

Further information on Graduate Programs in Surgical Education can be found on the 2014 brochure (PDF 83 KB) or via the University of Melbourne website

The College also offers professional development activities and skills training courses.


Convened jointly with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and The Royal Australasian College of Physicians in Melbourne on Friday, 14 March 2014. Presentations can be viewed on the CMES 2014 Presentation page.

The Medical Professional in the 21st Century: Competent, Fit and Safe
Convened jointly with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and The Royal Australasian College of Physicians in Melbourne on Wednesday, 29 February 2012. Presentations can be viewed on the CMES 2012 Presentation page.


To apply for membership, please provide the following:

  • a covering letter explaining your reasons for applying for membership
  • your curriculum vitae (no longer than 2 pages)
  • two referees
  • your RACS ID number.

Please email, fax or post your application to:

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

Fax: +61 3 9276 7412



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

Telephone: +61 3 9249 1212
Fax: +61 3 9276 7412