Course learning outcomes

By completing this course, you will be able to:

1. Determine appropriate teaching strategies for a range of clinical settings and learners
2. Identify strategies for addressing barriers to learning in a clinical setting
3. Create a lesson plan, including objectives, activities and assessment
4. Apply the steps of Pendleton’s Feedback Model
5. Determine appropriate assessment strategies for a range of surgical and non-technical skills
6. Effectively evaluate your own teaching practice.

Are you eligible for this course?

FSSE is for anyone involved in teaching or training in a surgical environment.

With the release of the RACS Action Plan, Building Respect and Improving Patient Safety, the Foundation Skills for Surgical Educators course is mandatory for Surgeons who are involved in the training and assessment of RACS SET Trainees.

To determine if you are eligible for an exemption from completing this course, read the Fact Sheet (PDF 143.62KB).


Delivery modes

Online (4 x eLearning modules plus 1x webinar) 

Duration: 7 hours total


Delivery dates and times

Week   Activity   Requirements
Week 1   eLearning Module 1     Please allow up to 60 minutes to complete
Week 2     eLearning Module 2     Please allow up to 60 minutes to complete
Week 3     Assessment     Complete Modules 1 & 2; submit Lesson Plan for evaluation (before webinar)
Week 4   eLearning Module 3   Allow up to 60 minutes to complete; Modules 1-3 must be completed before attending the webinar
Week 5   Webinar   Role plays: 'Delivering Feedback' (90 minutes)
Week 6   eLearning Module 4   Please allow up to 60 minutes to complete

See webinar dates and times for more information.


Course commencement   Webinar dates and times  End date
Monday 5 February 2024          Wednesday 6 March 2024, 6:00pm – 8:00pm AEDT  Sunday 17 March 2024
Monday 1 April 2024    Thursday 2 May 2024, 6:00pm – 8:00pm AEST  Sunday 12 May 2024
Monday 20 May 2024          Wednesday 19 June 2024, 6:00pm – 8:00pm AEST  Sunday 30 June 2024
Monday 24 June 2024   Thursday 25 July 2024, 6:00pm – 8:00pm AEST  Sunday 4 August 2024
Monday 29 July 2024   Wednesday 28 August 2024, 6:00pm – 8:00pm AEST  Sunday 8 September 2024
Monday 16 September 2024   Thursday 17 October 2024, 4:00 pm – 6:00pm AEDT  Sunday 27 October 2024
Monday 14 October 2024   Thursday 14 November 2024, 6:00pm – 8:00pm AEDT  Sunday 24 November 2024


Course fees

  • FREE for College members (Fellows, Trainees or Specialist International Medical Graduates within the College).
  • A$600 or NZ$645 for non-members of the College 

*All values include GST 

Cancellation Policy


CPD points

Completing this course will entitle participants to 7 CPD points.

Main RACS competency addressed

  • Scholarship and teaching



The original course development was partially funded by the Australian Government Department of Health through the Specialist Training Program (STP).

Additionally, the Cultural Safety and Indigenous Health content in this course was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health through the Specialist Training Program (STP).


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