Skills Training Courses

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Surgical Education and Training (SET) applicants are not required to complete skills courses prior to applying to the SET program. SET Trainees are automatically offered a course place during the necessary training year.

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ASSET (Australia and New Zealand Surgical Skills Education and Training)

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CCrISP® (Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient)

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CLEAR (Critical Literature Evaluation and Research)

Overview 
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EMST (Early Management of Severe Trauma)

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TIPS (Training in Professional Skills)

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Frequently asked questions

Why are there such long waiting lists?

Due to high demand applicants will wait between eighteen months and three years to be offered a course place.

There are a number of factors that contribute to this. Since 2007, RACS has seen a spike in waitlist numbers as doctors applying to the SET program endeavour to undertake courses prior to applying. In response, RACS has increased course numbers and continues to do so. Factors such as venue and resource availability limit the capacity to further increase course numbers. All skills courses rely on the continued involvement and commitment of volunteer faculty, which exceeds 1200 Fellows and Trainees of various specialty Colleges.

How can I get onto a course quickly?

If you urgently need to attend a skills course, please email the relevant course administrator, outlining the reason for the request and ask to be placed on the reserve list.

Applicants who submit preferences but are not allocated a course place are automatically allocated to the relevant reserve list.

As places become available applicants on the reserve list may be contacted by the Skills Training Department.

Who are these courses mandatory for?

RACS skills courses are not a mandatory eligibility requirement for selection to the SET program, but are required to be undertaken during surgical training.

Most RACS skills courses are mandatory for SET Trainees. Preference for courses is given to SET Trainees, followed by the waiting list in order of date of application.

Who teaches these courses?

RACS skills courses are possible because of the contribution of volunteer multidisciplinary faculty which includes surgeons, emergency physicians, physicians, intensivists, anaesthetists and general practitioners. If you are interested in teaching on a skills course, please vist the Register as Faculty page.

What is the allocation process?

Places are offered according to the applicant's date of registration. Preferences for the following year's courses are sent out in August each year, with allocations finalised mid- to late-November. SET Trainees required to complete skills courses are offered places ahead of the waitlist. Once SET Trainees have been allocated, remaining course places are offered to the waiting list according to the date of registration.

Contact

Australian courses

ASSET asset@surgeons.org

CCrISP® ccrisp@surgeons.org

CLEAR clear@surgeons.org

EMST emst@surgeons.org

TIPS tips@surgeons.org

New Zealand courses

ASSET asset.nz@surgeons.org

CCrISP® ccrisp.nz@surgeons.org

EMST emst.nz@surgeons.org

Skills Training Department

Telephone: +61 3 9249 1200
Fax: +61 3 9249 1298

Skills Training Department
Division of Education Development and Assessment
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Surgeons' Gardens
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002
Australia