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- Foundation Skills for Surgical Educators (FSSE)
- Difficult Conversations with Underperforming Trainees
- Promoting Advanced Surgical Education
- Supervisors and Trainers for SET (SAT SET)
- Keeping Trainees on Track (KTOT)
- Operating with Respect (OWR)
- Why Professional Development is important for supervisors
- Academy of Surgical Educators
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Foundation Skills for Surgical Educators (FSSE)
The FSSE course is an introductory course that provides supervisors with the knowledge and skills in surgical teaching and education required for their supervisory role. This course is a mandatory requirement for surgical supervisors and aims to establish a basic standard expected of RACS surgical educators by furthering knowledge in teaching and learning concepts.
Difficult Conversations with Underperforming Trainees
Difficult Conversations with Underperforming Trainees course provides supervisors with a comprehensive framework to follow when preparing for and conducting a difficult conversation and the steps to take after the conversation. This course gives supervisors the opportunity to practice using the framework through a roleplay activity and receive feedback from experienced faculty and other participants on their performance.
Promoting Advanced Surgical Education
The PrASE course builds on the basic standard of surgical education covered in the FSSE course. It further explores the areas of learner-centred surgical education, trust and feedback and assessment and supervision. The course also discusses trainees at risk and leadership in surgical education. The PrASE course aims to further develop supervisor’s knowledge and skills in surgical education through a variety of interactive activities including group discussions and microteaching practice.
Supervisors and Trainers for SET (SAT SET)
SAT SET was developed as an aid to surgical supervisors and trainers to better assist them in the training and management of trainees. The course assists supervisors and trainers to better understand their responsibilities, including processes, managing underperforming trainees and legal issues around assessment. It explores strategies which focus on the performance improvement of trainees, introducing the concept of work-based assessments. SAT SET aims to support supervisors by offering practical frameworks that improve engagement and support while improving the trainee experience through the application of best-practice frameworks for surgical training.
Keeping Trainees on Track (KTOT)
KTOT is designed to provide supervisors and trainers with a framework to ensure trainees can perform satisfactorily and to assist trainees that are underperforming to get back on track. The KTOT framework is also designed to support well-performing trainees, identifying how to extend and foster their learning, allowing them to maintain their trajectory for development. KTOT is well suited to those supervisors and trainees who are seeking best-practice frameworks to apply to their educator duties that aim to bring out the best in their trainees.
Operating with Respect (OWR)
The OWR course provides supervisors with practical strategies and skills to respond appropriately to unacceptable behaviour. The OWR course is evidence-based and designed to help supervisors create a safe, respectful workplace culture that positively impacts trainee learning and ultimately improves surgical care. This course is a mandatory requirement for surgical supervisors.
Why Professional Development is important for supervisors
Engaging in professional development is important for the continual betterment of skills and knowledge required to be an effective supervisor. Professional development provides supervisors with guidance and support in their supervisory roles and leads to increased expertise. Participating in a structured professional development program ensures that supervisors meet the necessary standards as governed by accredited bodies and surgical specialties. By learning in collaborative environments with colleagues and experts, supervisors gain greater confidence in their role, and increases their ability to positively influence and lead the next generation of surgeons.
Academy of Surgical Educators
The Academy's purpose is to help support and develop all who are interested in surgical education. For supervisors, membership of the Academy will provide you with:
- An opportunity to share your creative ideas and solutions for advancing surgical education in the College
- A library of resources available on topics relevant to you such as leadership, teaching professional skills and many more.
The Academy of Surgical Educators recognises the exceptional contribution by a surgical/IMG supervisor toward supporting Trainees or International Medical Graduates (IMGs) to fulfil the goals, values and mission of the College via the yearly awarding of the Educator of Merit: SET Supervisor/IMG Supervisor of the Year award. This is awarded in each state or territory of Australia and New Zealand, where an appropriate candidate has been nominated.
This award will be judged on the following criteria:
- Demonstration of the College's goals, values and missions
- Inspirational role modelling as a supervisor
- Understanding and commitment to training and surgical education
- Involvement in training and continuing professional development
- A Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons or Board accredited supervisor.
The SET Supervisor/IMG Supervisor of the Year award may be nominated by a member of the regional training board or committee, clinical team, surgical educator colleague, IMG, Trainee or College staff member.
Academy of Surgical Educators
Telephone: +61 3 9249 1111
Telephone: +61 3 9276 7440
FSSE and OWR
Telephone: +61 3 9276 7486
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