Fellowship Examination (FEX)
Expression of interest - Fellowship Exam 2020
If you have registered between 1-15 June 2020, there is no need to express an interest.
Expression of interest for the remaining places in the Fellowship Exam will open from 24 June - 3 July 2020, with very limited capacity for the following specialties:
- Orthopaedic Surgery
- Vascular Surgery
- Cardiothoracic Surgery
Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to support additional numbers for the following specialties:
- General Surgery
- Paediatric Surgery
Expressions of interest will be open until 3 July 2020. Once this period closes, all names of Trainees/IMGs that have expressed an interest will be presented to the relevant specialty board who will review regarding sign off for exam eligibility. Offers will then be made to Trainees/IMGs based on a pre-determined priority limited by the capacity of the exam.
The Fellowship Examination is a summative assessment undertaken towards the end of each Surgical Education and Training program or as a requirement of an IMG assessment. The examination is comprised of written and clinical/viva components. In each specialty, there are seven segments in total, with most being divided into two written papers and five clinical/viva segments.
The required standard for this examination is a level of competency equivalent to that of a consultant surgeon in his or her first year of independent practice. The nine surgical competencies espoused by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons are used as a guideline for the examiners who follow agreed marking guidelines and the predetermined standard. The examination is blueprinted to each specialty's curriculum.
Registration over the 1-15 June is by invitation to those people who registered for the postponed May 2020 Fellowship exam. General Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery candidates based in New Zealand will be allocated to the Auckland exam while candidates based in Australia will be allocated to the Melbourne exam. Candidates based both in New Zealand and Australia for the other specialties – Cardiothoracic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Paediatric Surgery, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Urology and Vascular Surgery will be allocated to the Melbourne exam. If any specialty is able to take additional candidates those candidates will be invited to register, at a later date.
RACS resources available to Trainees and eligible IMGs that can be used to assist with preparation for the Fellowship Examination. These resources include online modules that may help candidates familiarise themselves with the format and presentation of the various segments of the examination.
Sitting the exam
All specialties conduct the exam across seven segments. The written components are held approximately a month prior to the clinical/viva components. The written components are held in cities across Australia and New Zealand whereas the clinical/viva components are held in a centralised location.
Information on how results are disseminated and what to expect following.