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 of Surgical Educators (ASE) & Faculty of Surgical Trainers Edinburgh (FST) Forum

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh's Faculty of Surgical Trainers (FST) and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Academy of Surgical Educators (ASE), invite you to participate in a Forum on Monday 4 May 2015 at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Perth, Western Australia from 9.00am - 3.30pm (AWST).


1. Introduction - importance of supporting trainers
2. Development of Faculty of Surgical Trainers
3. Development of Academy of Surgical Educators
4. Standards for Trainers
5. Issues around training a surgeon:
     - competency based training
     - SET evaluations
6. Supporting Surgical Training - Where next?
7. Assessing Soft Skills - How many does it take?
8. Discussion about the future for FST and ASE: what do FST and ASE members want to have provided?

To secure your place, please register via the online registration form. For more information, please contact the ASE secretariat.

Academy Forum 2015

The Academy of Surgical Educators Forum will be held on Thursday 12 November 2015 in Sydney. The evening will be convened by Associate Professor Stephen Tobin, Dean of Education and Professor Julian Smith, Chair, Academy of Surgical Educators and will feature preeminent thought leaders discussing progressive topics in medical education. Attendees will enjoy a three course meal and drinks whilst workshopping questions at their tables and engaging in a Q and A session with the panel of experts. Confirmation of speakers will be announced closer to date.

Watch this space for further details or contact the ASE secretariat.

The Academy Forum is proudly supported by Covidien Covidien

Academy Awards

The Academy of Surgical Educators is calling for nominations for the 2015 recognition awards. These awards have been created to acknowledge and reward surgical educators across Australasia.

Supervisor/Clinical Assessor of the Year is to recognise an exceptional contribution toward supporting Trainees or International Medical Graduates (IMGs) and will be awarded in each state / territory and New Zealand.

Professional Development Facilitator of the Year is to recognise an exceptional contribution by a course facilitator teaching on Professional Development programming and will be awarded to one participant across Australiasia.

The presentation of these awards will be made at the Academy of Surgical Educators' Annual Forum on Thursday 12 November 2015 in Sydney.

For further information or to nominate please contact the ASE secretariat. Nominations close Thursday 14 May 2015.

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 2015.

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.

For more information please visit

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 2015 brochure (PDF 102 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