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These assessments should be reviewed by the Supervisors of Cardiothoracic Surgical training at the Trainee's hospital on a regular basis and should also be submitted to the Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery every six months. The Trainee will receive feedback from the Board as a result of the log book and assessment report review.
Each Trainee is required to maintain a detailed log book of their operative experience for the duration of training. RACS provides all Cardiothoracic SET Trainees with access to MALT (Morbidity Audit Logbook Tool) for this purpose. Further information about MALT for Cardiothoracic SET Trainees can be found in the link below.
Reports from the supervisor will be provided to the Board as another part of trainees' assessment. The Trainee evaluation form (DOCX 64.55KB) is used for this purpose.
Cardiothoracic Trainee on probationary training
The performance management form (DOCX 46.07KB) assists a Trainee to improve their performance if one or more significant deficiencies in performance have been identified. This form may be regarded as a performance contract.
DOPS - Direct Observation of Procedural Skills in Surgery
All Trainees are required to complete DOPS in conjunction with other assessments as per the table below and these should be submitted to the Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery once each procedure has been completed. The Trainee will receive feedback from the Board at the time of logbook and assessment report review.
Effective from 2017 training year
Conduit Harvest (Saphenous Vein or Radial artery or Internal Mammary artery)
Exposure & Mobilisation of the long Saphenous Vein
Harvesting of Radial Artery
Dissection of Internal Mammary Artery
Aortic Valve Replacement
Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
|Mitral Valve Surgery||x1||x2|
Redo-sternotomy for any indication
Total at each SET level
The number of DOPS indicated above:
- Must be assessed by separate trainers.
- The Total must be number of forms by number of separate trainers.
- The total number specified applies to satisfactorily completed DOPS.
- In a unit with less than 3 surgeons, consideration will be given to the required number of DOPS.
- *For SET 1 trainees: Please also refer to 3.7.2 of the training regulations (PDF 320.3KB) regarding the total number of assessments required by the end of SET 1.
DOPS guidelines and forms
Guidelines for Supervisors/Assessors completing DOPS (PDF 188.98KB)
Saphenous Vein (DOC 79KB)
Harvesting of Radial Artery (DOC 70.5KB)
Dissection of Internal Mammary Artery (DOC 78KB)
Aortic Valve Replacement (DOC 84KB)
Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (DOC 83KB)
Mitral Valve Surgery (DOC 82.5KB)
Resternotomy (DOC 73.5KB)
Thoracotomy (DOCX 38.53KB)
Median Sternotomy (DOC 72.5KB)
For SET 1 Trainees
There is a requirement for all SET 1 Trainees to complete a 360 evaluation using the 360 Evaluation form (DOCX 397.45KB).
A research progress report is required to be made on the Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery Research Progress Report (PDF 31.27KB) form.
All Cardiothoracic Surgery SET Trainees are required to undertake the following:
- Clinical Examination
- Cardiothoracic Surgical Sciences and Principles (CSSP) Examination
- Fellowship Examination
Further information about these examinations can be found in the Examinations link below.
Eligibility to present for the Fellowship Exam
To present for the Fellowship Examination in Cardiothoracic Surgery Trainees must:
- be in SET 5 or SET 6
- have completed at least 75 per cent of the minimum log book requirements
- provide evidence of satisfactory completion of all other training requirements
- be, in the opinion of the Board Chair and their Supervisor, prepared to present for the Fellowship Examination
- not be on probation at the time of application.
Awarding of Fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery
Admission to Fellowship is not automatically granted upon successful completion of the Fellowship Examination.
Upon successful completion of all aspects of the SET program, Trainees must apply to the Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery for approval for admission to Fellowship. Application for admission to Fellowship must be made by submitting the appropriate form available on the RACS website and in accordance with the RACS Admission to Fellowship by Examination Policy.