Training in Professional Skills

Course overview

For information about the content of the course please visit TIPS overview.

Participant Testimonials

"Opportunities to explore the team environment in a difficult situation and have the opportunity to debrief and reflect on the principles"

"Tutors/facilitators were the best part of the course. A great deal of fun. Wonderful educational experience"

"Excellent actors and plenty of time for all team members to take part in simulations"

"A great immersive course that should be compulsory for surgical Trainees "

Eligibility

To attend TIPS all participants must be Medical Graduates Post Graduate Year (PGY) two or over with an interest in a surgical career. Surgical Education and Training (SET) Trainees and International Medical Graduates (IMG) undergoing assessment with the College are given preference for course places, followed by doctors PGY2+ who are intending to apply to SET.

Registration

For information about how to register for a course please visit TIPS online registration.

Fees

2015: Australia

  • Trainees - $1,995.00 (incl. GST)
  • Non-Trainees - $3,015.00 (incl. GST)

2015: New Zealand

  • Trainees - $2,400.00 (incl. GST)
  • Non-Trainees - $3,625.00 (incl. GST)

2016: Australia

  • Trainees - $2,075.00 (incl. GST)
  • Non-Trainees - $3,165.00 (incl. GST)

2016: New Zealand

  • Trainees - $2,430.00 (incl. GST)
  • Non-Trainees - $3,670.00 (incl. GST)

Courses conducted in New Zealand will be invoiced in NZ dollars, regardless of residential country of applicant.

Transfer fee for 2015 courses only

If you request transfer to an alternative course, a transfer fee to cover relevant administrative costs will be payable, regardless of whether the course invoice has been raised and/or paid at the time the request is made.

If the request is made ten or less weeks before the course start date, the cancellation policy will also apply.  In this instance, in addition to the initial course fee that has been paid, you will then be required to pay the following:

Either:

  • Half of the fee for the course to which you are transferring (if request made between six and ten weeks before the course), or
  • The entire fee for the course to which you are transferring (if request made less than six weeks before course)

And:

  • The transfer fee

In 2015, the course transfer fee is AU$205 (incl. GST) and NZ$245 (incl. GST).

Cancellation policy

2015:

  • Cancellations of more than 10 weeks prior to course: full refund, transfer fee applies 
  • Cancellations of less than 10 weeks prior to course: 50% refund of course fee
  • Cancellations of less than 6 weeks prior to course: No refund of course fee

This policy also applies should you elect to transfer to another course within this time frame, as outlined under 'Transfer fee for 2015 courses only'.

2016:

  • Cancellations of more than 10 weeks prior to course: 90% refund of course fee
  • Cancellations of less than 10 weeks prior to course: 50% refund of course fee
  • Cancellations of less than 6 weeks prior to course: No refund of course fee

Course Schedule

Note: Courses are not run in every state.

TIPS Course Schedule 2015 (PDF 188KB)

TIPS Course Schedule 2016 (PDF 201KB)

Committee

For information about course governance please visit TIPS Committee.

Contact

TIPS administrator
Skills Training Department
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Surgeons' Gardens
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia

Telephone: +61 3 9276 7419
Facsimile: +61 3 9249 1298
Email: tips@surgeons.org