Assessment Information


Find a surgeon

The Find a Surgeon directory is a listing of active Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons who meet the requirements of the College's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program and have opted to be on the list. This list excludes retired or inactive Fellows.



Interview purpose

The purpose of the interview is to provide the assessment panel with an opportunity to evaluate and clarify any aspect of your:

  • surgical training and education, and your professional experience as outlined in the documentation you have provided, and
  • ascertain specific aspects of your surgical practice e.g. medical expertise, judgement, clinical decision making and technical expertise.

The interview provides the Assessment Interview Panel with an opportunity to further explore your professional communication skills, your ability to evaluate your surgical practice and your professional ethics.

You will have the opportunity to demonstrate your views and knowledge on these issues by responding to a series of standard questions.  The interview also provides you with an opportunity to ask questions.

Spoken communication in English is also assessed on the basis of performance throughout the interview.

Interview process

The members of the Assessment Interview Panel comprise:

  • The Specialty Chair and/or IMG Representative of the relevant Specialty Board
  • A representative from the Board of Surgical Education Training (BSET)
  • A jurisdictional representative

The interviews are held in Melbourne at RACS Head Office.  The interview will take approximately 75 minutes (this includes the time required by the assessment interview panel to reach a consensus decision).

Applicants will be advised of the date and time of interview, where possible 4 weeks prior to the interview.

On completion of the interview the Assessment Interview Panel will make an interim determination concerning your comparability with a surgeon who has completed the RACS Surgical Education and Training (SET) program. The opinions of each Assessment Interview Panel member will be considered in formulating the interim assessment recommendation. The members will then provide a consensus assessment recommendation to BSET.