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,
- ascertain specific aspects of your surgical practice e.g.
medical expertise, judgement, clinical decision making and
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
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.
The members of the Assessment Interview Panel comprise:
- The Specialty Chair and/or IMG Representative of the relevant
- A representative from the Board of Surgical Education Training
- 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
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.