Skills Training Courses
Surgical Education and Training (SET) applicants are not
required to complete skills courses prior to applying to the SET
program. SET Trainees are invited to nominate a course place during
the necessary training year - refer to the Guide to SET booklet (PDF 312KB).
Frequently Asked Questions
The Australian and New Zealand Surgical Skills Education and
Training (ASSET) course provides an educational package of generic
surgical skills required by surgical Trainees in the Australian and
New Zealand context and is a compulsory aspect of surgical
The CCrISP® course assists doctors in developing simple, useful
skills for managing critically ill patients, and promotes the
coordination of multidisciplinary care where appropriate. The
course encourages trainees to adopt a system of assessment to avoid
errors and omissions, and uses relevant clinical scenarios to
reinforce the objectives.
CLEAR is designed to provide tools to undertake critical
appraisal of surgical literature and to assist surgeons in the
conduct of clinical trials. These 'hands on' courses aim to make
the language and methodology relevant to surgeons and the
day-to-day activities in their practice.
EMST is concerned with the management of injury victims in the
first hour or two following injury, which emphasises a systematic
clinical approach. It has been tailored from the Advanced Trauma
Life Support (ATLS®) course of the American College of Surgeons.
The course is designed for all doctors who are involved in the
early treatment of serious injuries in urban or rural areas,
whether or not sophisticated emergency facilities are
The Operating with Respect course provides advanced training in
recognising, managing and preventing discrimination, bullying and
sexual harassment. The aim of this course is to strengthen patient
safety by enabling participants to develop skills in respectful
behaviour and practice strategies in responding to unacceptable
behaviour. The course follows the release of the RACS Action Plan on Discrimination, Bullying and
Sexual Harassment in the Practice of Surgery.
TIPS teaches patient-centred communication and team-oriented
non-technical skills in a clinical context. Through simulation,
participants address issues and events that occur in the clinical
and operating theatre environment that require skills in
communication, teamwork, crisis resource management and
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Register as Faculty
If you are passionate about teaching in clinical education,
consider becoming a Skills Course Instructor with the College. The
success of the College skills courses is dependent on the voluntary
involvement of faculty from a variety of medical disciplines on a
pro bono basis.
Please register as faculty and experience
firsthand the benefits of being a Skills Course Instructor.