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General information and selection tools
The following is a general overview of the 2020 requirements and criteria. Please refer to the Specialty Board's selection regulations (PDF 254.46KB) for more detailed information. RACS has approved the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Selection Initiative policy (PDF 30.25KB) and the Board of Paediatric Surgery implemented this initiative in the selection process.
The following is a list of selection tools:
- structured online curriculum vitae
- structured online referee reports
- multiple mini interview.
Successful progression to interview
Interviews will be offered according to ranking on a 4:1 ratio (four applicants to one post available).
Minimum selection criteria
- Applicants must score a minimum of 30 marks out of a maximum of 50 of the total interview score to meet the minimum standard for selection.
|Surgical rotations||Number||Minimum duration||Validity period1||Completed by|
|Surgery2||1||26 weeks||4 years||Time of application|
|Paediatric Surgery3||1||10 weeks||6 years||Time of application|
Procedural skills and professional capabilities
Please note that each procedure must be verified during rotations undertaken within the last three years (between 1 January 2017 and the closing date of applications 25 March 2020). Skills verified outside of this time frame will deem the form ineligible and you will not be able to proceed to the next stage of selection.
1. Rotations must have been completed within the specified validity period. An additional 12 months has been granted to 2020 applicants for the 2021 intake only.
2. A total of six (6) months supervised postgraduate clinical work in surgery comprised of terms no shorter than ten (10) weeks completed within the last four (4) years before the closing date for applications.
3. A minimum ten (10) week term in a tertiary paediatric surgical unit composing full-time paediatric surgery workload, accompanied by a letter of verification from a FRACS paediatric surgeon; completed within the last six (6) years before the closing date for application.
NB: In addition to the Board mandated eligibility requirements for surgical rotations, applicants are instructed to complete surgical experience sufficient to ensure that the minimum requirement for referees is covered.
Structured online curriculum vitae (CV)
CV will score information on, and require documented evidence for:
- surgical and medical experience
- qualifications (degrees, masters, PhD, FRACS, etc.)
- publications and presentations
- skills courses.
No additional CV information will be accepted in applications.
Structured referee reports
Applicants must provide current contact details, including a valid e-mail address for all of their supervising surgical consultants with whom they have worked with in the last two (2) years.
Who can qualify as a referee?
- FRACS surgical consultants from Australia or New Zealand (must include at least one FRACS paediatric surgeon).
- Vocationally registered paediatric surgeon in New Zealand.
What is the time period in which a referee will be considered valid?
- Referees must be from within the last two (2) years.
How are referees selected?
- The preparation of the reference report for each applicant will be the responsibility of a subcommittee of the Board of Paediatric Surgery.
- In selecting the supervising surgical consultants, the assessors may contact any consultant the applicant has worked with in Australia or New Zealand in the two years prior to application.
How are the structured referee reports collected and scored?
- The assessors together (via teleconference or in person) will personally speak with three (3) nominated surgical consultants with whom the applicant has worked with to assist them in preparing a Referee Report.
- Applicants must score a minimum of 50 per cent for the reference report to be eligible to proceed in the selection process.
Date of interviews: Saturday 26 September 2020
Date invitations to interview sent: Ten (10) days before interview date
The conduct of the interviews will be contingent on COVID related restrictions to travel and congregation as they pertain to all States and Territories in Australia and New Zealand. At the time of invitations to interview it will be specified if these are Face-to-Face or via an internet based platform.
Announcement of offers
Announcement of offers to successful applicants will be made by 30 October 2020.
Feedback to both successful and unsuccessful applicants will be in accordance with Selection to Surgical Education and Training Policy (PDF 102.76KB).
In 2010 nine (9)* Trainees were appointed into the SET program to commence in 2011.
In 2011 three (3)* Trainees were appointed into the SET program to commence in 2012.
In 2012 nine (9)* Trainees were appointed into the SET program to commence in 2013.
In 2013 six (6)* Trainees were appointed into the SET Program to commence in 2014.
In 2014 six (6)* Trainees were appointed into the SET Program to commence in 2015.
In 2015 seven (7)* Trainees were appointed into the SET Program to commence in 2016.
In 2016 seven (7)* Trainees were appointed into the SET Program to commence in 2017.
In 2017 five (5)* Trainees were appointed to the SET Program to commence in 2018.
In 2018 one (1)* Trainee was appointed to the SET Program to commence in 2019.
There was no selection offered in 2019 for Trainees to commence in 2020.
*Includes deferred offers.