We are pleased to confirm more details about the various examinations. A letter containing this information has been sent to Trainees, International Medical Graduates (IMGs) and junior doctors.

The Fellowship Examination
The Fellowship examination ‘writtens’ will be held in Australia and New Zealand on 8 September at the usual sites (Cliftons in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Auckland, and Wellington).
The Fellowship examination viva/clinicals will be held in Auckland, New Zealand on 9-10 October and 16-18 October in Melbourne, Australia (with a backup city in Australia being explored).
Some specialties are considering holding their examination in one country only. This will be communicated in due course.
Eligibility for the exam:

  • Those who had registered for the May 2020 exam.
  • If there is further capacity, eligible Surgical Education Training and IMG candidates in their final year.

Other RACS examinations

  • A Generic Surgical Sciences Examination (GSSE) will be held before the end of 2020
  • Where specialties require them, Specialty Specific Examinations (SSEs) will be held before the end of 2020
  • No further Clinical Examinations will be held in 2020.

Education webinars

  • Academy of Surgical COVID Series - Pre-Set and Early Exams Session, Thursday 28 May 2020
  • Academy of Surgical COVID Series - Fellow Session (Supervisor/Trainer), Thursday 4 June 2020
  • Academy of Surgical COVID Series – IMG, Thursday 18 June 2020 (TBC).

Small group meetings at RACS
We have received enquiries about  planning face to face meetings and returning to RACS offices. We are working on a phased approach to do this this that is in accordance with local government guidelines and social distancing requirements. For some locations this means that small group meetings are permitted. Please work with your local office and Executive to determine an appropriate timeline.

New Zealand Society of Otolaryngology Head & Neck update
The New Zealand Society of Otolaryngology Head & Neck (NZSOHNS) has shared guidelines (PDF 330.72KB) as the country transitions to Level 2.

On a final note, the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy, thanked RACS for its support and role in managing COVID-19 during the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges meeting held today. Thank you to all of you for your hard work and effort during this challenging time.

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