Last Update: 14/11/2013 15:37
The Section of Academic Surgery (SAS) was formed in 2002 and now
has more than 200 members throughout Australia and New Zealand. The
overall goal is to promote academic surgery and to develop the
scholar/teacher professional competency. The Section also provides
an increasingly important link between the College and university
departments of surgery.
- To develop and monitor standards in academic surgical
departments in Australia and New Zealand.
- To enhance career pathways in academic surgery and to encourage
younger surgeons to pursue opportunities in academic surgery.
- To develop an Australasian curriculum for undergraduate
surgery, which could be utilized to provide advice to Australian
and New Zealand medical schools regarding appropriate surgical
content, and which is appropriate for continuation to surgical
education and training.
- To advise Council on professional and policy issues
related to academic surgery, as well as issues of relevance to
surgery in general.
- To respond to requests from Council for consideration of
- To establish and maintain a registry of academically active
members in order to support the Section's activities and plan
appropriate workforce issues.
Definition of an Academic Surgeon
An academic surgeon is a leader who has chosen:
- to acquire specific training and experience in research and/or
- to make these dimensions a significant part of their
Application for membership entails submitting a completed application form (PDF
50 KB) and emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership of the Section is open to Fellows, Trainees and
International Medical Graduates (IMGs) on a pathway to Fellowship
who have an interest in academic surgery. The Executive Committee
of the Section can also offer membership to individuals who are
external to the College on recommendation from the Chair. Non
College members may have to pay a membership fee but will not have
voting rights and are not eligible to hold governance
After the 2013 Annual Business Meeting of the SAS, the following
Committee was endorsed:
Mr Richard Hanney
Professor Guy Maddern
Professor Chris Christophi
Professor Mark Smithers
Professor Jeff Hamdorf
Professor Julian Smith
Professor John McCall
Professor John Windsor
Developing a Career in Academic Surgery (DCAS) Representative:
Associate Professor Andrew Hill
Surgical Research Society of Australasia (SRS) Representative:
Professor Leigh Delbridge
Younger Fellows Representative: Dr Jason Chuen
Trainees' Association (RACSTA) Representative: Dr Deborah
Chair, Section of Research, Audit and Academic Surgery:
A/Professor Ian Bennett
Board of Surgical Education and Training (BSET) Representative: Mr
Academy of Surgical Educators Representative: A/Professor Stephen
Medical student representative: Wilson Petrushnko
Through linkages within the College and through representation
on the Executive Committee the Section of Academic Surgery has
functional relationships with the:
Health Research Funding Organisations in Australia and New
Please see the link to the Guide to Health Research Funding Organisations
which provides an overview of health-related research funding
opportunities in Australia and New Zealand.
Key activities and dates
Developing a Career in Academic Surgery (DCAS) Course
This annual one day course provides advice and resources for SET
Trainees, early career academics and younger Fellows who want to
develop their research and teaching competencies. Provided by
outstanding hand-picked academic surgeon role models, this course
has been opened up to interested pre-vocational doctors and medical
students, with 15 complimentary places provided annually for the
latter by competitive selection through application.
In 2013 the course was held on Monday 6 May at
the Skycity Convention Centre, Auckland, New Zealand. 2013 Provisional
The 2014 DCAS course will be held on Monday 5 May from 7.00am to
4.00pm at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, Marina Bay Sands,
Singapore. For further information please refer to the Provisional Program (PDF 205KB).
Section of Academic Surgery (SAS) - Annual Meeting of Academic
This annual meeting is designed to bring academic surgeons
together to discuss issues of common interest. Past themes have
been Revitalising Academic Surgical Departments (2008), Becoming
and Surviving as Academic Surgeons (2009), Developing RACS -
University Collaborations (2010), Improving Training Pathways for
Academic Surgeons in Australia and New Zealand (2011) and
Academic Surgery in Australia and New Zealand - Update and
Forward Planning in 2012. The 2013 meeting is being held on
Thursday 14 November 2013 in Adelaide. There will be the
opportunity to attend a dinner on the Thursday evening.
More details are available by contacting email@example.com
Attendees of this meeting are encouraged to also attend the Annual
Scientific Meeting of the Surgical Research Society (SRS) on the
following day. Details are below.
Annual Scientific Meeting of the
Surgical Research Society (SRS)
The SRS has a long history and has provided the best forum for
the presentation of original research by Trainees and is strongly
supported by the Section of Academic Surgery (SAS). This annual
meeting is held in conjunction with the Section of Academic
Surgery - Annual Meeting of Academic Departments. More
information and abstracts from previous meetings can be found on The Australasian Surgical Research
Society page on the ANZ Journal of Surgery website.
At the SRS meeting a Young Investigator Award of A$4000 will be
offered to sponsor the recipient to attend the Academic Surgical
Congress convened jointly by the Association for Academic Surgery
and the Society of University Surgeons in the United States to
present their work. In addition, four travel grants (A$750
each) will be offered as well as an award to attend the Developing
a Career in Academic Surgery (DCAS) course at the ASC.
The 2013 meeting will be held on Friday 15 November 2013,
in Adelaide. Call for abstracts will open on 29 July 2013
with a closing date of 23 September 2013.
Association for Academic Surgery (AAS) Fall Courses - USA
These courses are of interest to junior faculty, Fellows,
residents and medical students.
For more information, visit the Association for Academic
Surgery website and select Fall Courses.
If you have any questions, please contact the AAS
Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call +1 310-437-1606, ext 128.
Fostering the relationship with the Association of Academic
One of the missions of the Association of Academic Surgeons (AAS) is to
promote academic surgery around the world. Through the generous
support of Johnson & Johnson Medical it has been possible to
have AAS visitors to the DCAS course, the Younger Fellows Forum,
the Annual Scientific Congress, and to several centres around
ANZ. The AAS invites a member of the SAS to give a
state-of-the-art lecture and they invite the winner of the SRS
Young Investigator Award to give their winning presentation at the
AAS/SUS Annual Scientific Congress.
Fostering the relationship with medical students
A number of Surgical Interest Groups have developed in Schools
of Medicine and these are being linked by the Surgical Interest
Network (SurgIN). The Australian Medical Student's Association and
New Zealand Medical Students Association have been invited to
nominate one person to represent them on the Committee. A
number of registrations will be provided to the DCAS course.
Section of Academic Surgery Secretariat
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
199 Ward Street
North Adelaide SA 5069 Australia
Telephone: +61 8 8219 0900
Fax: +61 8 8219 0999