The RACS PSC describes the knowledge, skills and behaviour expected of surgical Trainees in eight of the ten RACS competencies — Collaboration and teamwork, Communication, Cultural competence and cultural safety, Health advocacy, Judgement and clinical decision making, Leadership and management, Professionalism, and Scholarship and teaching.  These eight professional competencies complement specialty surgical training in the RACS competencies of medical expertise and technical expertise. 


The RACS PSC and the GAPS will support Fellows to supervise, teach, and assess Trainees' and SIMGs' performance as they undertake clinical activities in the workplace and will also enrich and anchor feedback discussions that guide Trainee and SIMG development. 


The PSC and the GAPS reflects the need for Trainees, SIMGs, and Fellows to integrate multiple competencies in assessments as they pursue the high standards of surgical care required for optimal patient outcomes. 

Professional Skills Curriculum 2024 (PDF 4.12MB) (PDF 4.12MB) (PDF 4.12MB)

Guide to Assessing Professional Skills (PDF 1.27MB) (PDF 1.27MB) (PDF 1.27MB)


The RACS Professional Skills Curriculum (RACS PSC) and the Guide to Assessing Professional Skills (GAPS) are aligned to behavioural markers that RACS has defined for Fellows in the RACS Surgical Competence and Performance Guide (PDF 7MB) (PDF 7MB) (PDF 7MB).  


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