Education and Training (SET) program
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is accredited
by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) to train surgeons and
maintain surgical standards in Australia and New Zealand.
RACS conducts selection, training and assessment to ensure that
surgical trainees become competent surgeons who provide safe,
comprehensive surgical care of the highest standard to the
communities we serve.
The SET program is underpinned by nine RACS
- Health advocacy
- Judgement - clinical decision making
- Management and leadership
- Medical expertise
- Professionalism and ethics
- Scholar and teacher
- Technical expertise
specialties are surgeons trained in?
RACS trains doctors to become surgeons in nine surgical
How do I become a
To become a surgeon, you must first complete a medical degree
and then work and train in a clinical setting - usually a hospital
- for two to three years. The earliest point at which you may apply
to enter the RACS Surgical Education and Training (SET) program is
during your third 'postgraduate' year (PGY3) after university.
If your application to enter SET is successful, you will train
in one of the nine surgical specialties under the auspices of RACS.
This training occurs primarily in public hospitals and usually
takes at least five or six years. Following successful completion
of SET you will become a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College
of Surgeons (FRACS), accredited to practise independently as a
Indigenous people are under-represented in the health workforce
and under-represented as Fellows and trainees of the College. The
Indigenous Health Committee is working with Indigenous doctors'
associations in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand to implement its
plan to promote surgery as a career to Indigenous communities. For
more information about RACS Closing the Gap initiatives look at the
activities of the Indigenous Health
Essential Surgical Skills
RACS has produced a Guide to
Essential Surgical Skills recommending surgical skills to
achieve by the end of PGY2. This guide will be
- Medical students and
pre-vocational doctors - to build a portfolio in preparation for
application to surgical training'
- Hospital supervisors - to assist
in providing relevant clinical experiences for residents intending
to apply for SET
- Educators - to assist in
developing learning resources relevant for SET