Skills Training Courses

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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 manual (PDF 1.13MB).

Frequently Asked Questions

ASSET: Australia and New Zealand Surgical Skills Education and Training

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 training.

CCrISP®: Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient

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: Critical Literature Evaluation and Research

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: Early Management of Severe Trauma

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 available.

TIPS: Training in Professional Skills

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 leadership.

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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.