About RACS Surgeons

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Surgeons are doctors who have completed extra training in the surgical specialty of their choice. There are nine surgical specialties:

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  • Paediatric Surgery
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Urology
  • Vascular Surgery

There are also sub-specialties where a surgeon concentrates their skills on a particular area within a specialty.

Once a doctor has completed their training as a surgeon, including exams and several clinical placements, they will sit for the Fellowship exam. When this exam is passed, they will be admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and be able to use FRACS after their name.

FRACS

FRACS logo largeRACS Surgeons are highly qualified and up-to-date with the latest developments in their area of skill. They have considerable knowledge and give the best possible care to their patients.

FRACS stands for Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, a qualification awarded only to those doctors who have successfully completed several years of rigorous surgical training.

With a proven commitment to lifelong learning and the highest standards of professionalism, Fellows of the College offer you and your family safe and comprehensive surgical care.

You can find a FRACS surgeon by using our Find a Surgeon service.

Fellowship Pledge

Before being admitted to Fellowship, a RACS surgeon is required to make the following pledge:

I pledge to always act in the best interests of my patients, respecting their autonomy and rights.

I undertake to improve my knowledge and skills, evaluate, and reflect on my performance.

I agree to continue learning and teaching for the benefit of my patients, my trainees and my community.

I will be respectful of my colleagues, and readily offer them my assistance and support.

I will abide by the Code of Conduct of this College, and will never allow considerations of financial reward, career advancement, or reputation to compromise my judgement or the care I provide.

I accept the responsibility and challenge of being a surgeon and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

This pledge represents the commitment that Fellows make to patients, to surgery and to the community at large. To continue to use FRACS throughout their surgical career, a surgeon must continue to abide by the above pledge and comply with the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program of the College.

Being a surgeon requires lifelong learning and the College Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program ensures that RACS surgeons not only maintain competency but also continuously build on and improve their clinical knowledge and skills. The College places great emphasis on its CPD program as a means of protecting and promoting high standards of health and safety to the public. Only those surgeons who hold FRACS and participate in the College CPD program are eligible for registration on Find a Surgeon. The College Code of Conduct is available under position papers.

Watch former President Ian Gough recite the Fellowship Pledge

Former College President Professor Gough recites the Fellowship Pledge now taken by all College Fellows at their convocation (2min 2sec).

This video forms part of the Past President's Reflections interview in 2010 in which former College President Professor Ian Gough highlighted memorable events that occurred during his presidency (2008-2010).