General information & selection tools
Refer to the Speciality Board's Selection Regulations (PDF 193.86KB) for more detailed information.
The following is a list of selection tools and their contributions to the overall score:
- Structured online curriculum vitae - 20 per cent
- Structured online referee reports - 35 per cent
- Semi-structured interview - 45 per cent
Successful progression to interview
The Board has set the minimum eligibility criteria for progression to interview as follows:
- Interviews will be offered according to ranking on a 4:1 ratio (four applicants to one post available)
|Surgical rotations||Minimum duration||Validity period1||Completed by|
|Emergency or critical care term2||26 weeks||5 years||Date of Interview|
|Plastic & reconstructive surgical experience3||26 weeks||5 years||Date of Interview|
1. Rotations must have been completed within the validity period specified
2. 26 continuous weeks in General Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Emergency Department ICU or HDU at registrar level. Refer to Selection Regulations for more information about requirements for these rotations.
3. At least 26 weeks in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at registrar level within the past five (5) years by the date of interview.
Structured online curriculum vitae (CV)
CV will score information on, and require documented evidence for:
Surgical Qualifications and Experience
Publications and Presentations
Professional Development and Achievements
No additional CV information will be accepted after an application has been submitted.
Structured referee reports
Applicants must provide current contact details, including a valid e-mail address, for:
- a minimum of four and a maximum of six consultants under whose direct supervision they have worked regularly on a team in the three years prior to the close of applications. One of these consultants must be from their latest rotation (to time of application)
- a minimum of three and a maximum of five PRS SET Trainees with whom they they worked regularly on a team in the two years prior to the close of applications. Referees must have been PRS SET Trainees at the time the applicant was working with them
- a minimum of two and a maximum of four clinical nurse unit managers, charge nurses, clinical nurse consultants or unit nurses with whom they have worked closely in the two years prior to the close of applications.
Who can qualify as a referee?
- Surgical Consultants
- SET Trainees
- Clinical Nurses
What is the time period from which a referee will be considered valid?
- Consultant referees must be from within the last three (3) years
- Other referees must be from within the last two (2) years
How are referees selected?
- The referees will be selected by the Board from the list provided
How are the Referee Reports collected and prepared?
- The preparation of a Referee Report for each applicant will be the responsibility of two members of the Selection Committee
- To assist them in preparing a Referee Report, two consultants will be interviewed over the phone and online referee reports will be sought from two SET Trainees and one clinical nurse
Date of interviews: October 2020
Date invitations to interview sent: 10 business days.
The interviews for New Zealand applicants will be held in Wellington.
The format of the interviews will be as follows:
- Three (3) interview panels
- Minimum two (2) interviewers per panel
Applicants invited to interview will be required to provide identification.
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 60.05KB) (PDF 102.76KB).
In 2010 two (2) 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 three (3) trainees were appointed into the SET program to commence in 2013
In 2013 three (3) trainees were appointed into the SET Program to commence in 2014
In 2014 four (4)* trainees were appointed into the SET Program to commence in 2015
In 2015 four (4)* trainees were appointed into the SET Program to commence in 2016
In 2017 four (3)* trainees were appointed into the SET Program to commence in 2018
In 2018 two (2)* trainees were appointed into the SET Program to commence in 2019
in 2019 three (3)* trainees were appointed into the SET Program to commence in 2020
*Includes deferred offers