In 2008 eight (8)* trainees were appointed into the SET Program
to commence in 2009
In 2009 three (3)* trainees were appointed into the SET Program to
commence in 2010
In 2010 eleven (11)* trainees were appointed into the SET Program
to commence in 2011
In 2011 five (5)* trainees were appointed into the SET Program to
commence in 2012
In 2012 twelve (12)* 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 seven (7)* trainees were appointed into the SET Program to
commence in 2015
In 2015 eight (8)* trainees were appointed into the SET Program to
commence in 2016
In 2016 five (5)* trainees were appointed into the SET Program to
commence in 2017
In 2017 eight (8)* trainees were appointed into the SET Program to
commence in 2018
In 2018 three (3) trainees were appointed into the SET Program to
commence in 2019
*Includes deferred offers
2020 SET Selection Specialty Specific Eligibility
This information is a general overview of requirements and
criteria. Please refer to the Specialty Board's
Selection Regulations (PDF 111 KB) for further information.
RACS has approved the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Selection Initiative policy and the Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery
implemented this initative in the 2018 selection process.
The following is a list of selection tools and their
contributions to the overall score:
- Structured Online Curriculum Vitae - 20%
- Structured Online Referee Reports - 30%
- Semi-structured Interview - 50%
Successful progression to interview
The Board has set the minimum eligibility criteria for
progression to interview as follows:
A combined score for the CV and Referee Reports of greater than
or equal to 30/50.
Applicants must complete the following
||Number of Terms
||Minimum Duration of Term
||Validity Period 1
|Surgical term 2
||End of 20194
||Time of application
|Generic Surgical Sciences Examination (GSSE)
||Time of application
Applicants must submit written evidence, signed by a
Cardiothoracic FRACS, on the Cardiothoracic Eligibility
DOPS forms provided below for the following procedures
with their online application. If the forms are not submitted
with the application, then the candidate will be ineligible to
proceed further in the selection process.
1. Competently insert a Chest Drain
2. Competently harvest a Long Saphenous Vein
harvest a Radial Artery
Structured Online Curriculum Vitae (CV)
CV will score information on, and require documented evidence
- Surgical and medical experience
- Other qualifications (degrees, masters, PhD, FRACS, etc.)
- Presentations (regional, national and international)
- Skills courses
- Medical awards / achievements
Method of allocating CV Scores
No additional CV information will be accepted or scored.
Structured Online Referee Reports
Applicants must provide current contact details, including a
valid e-mail address for a minimum of eight (8) and a maximum of
ten (10) referees of which six (6) will be used for scoring
Must a referee meet certain criterion?
- At least one referee must be from the Cardiothoracic
- At least one referee must be from the current rotation
- No more than three Research supervisors can be nominated as a
Who can qualify as a referee?
- Surgical consultants
- Other consultants
- Consultants holding a diploma from an Australian or New Zealand
What is the time period from which a referee will
be considered valid?
- Referees must be from within the last five (5) years or last
three (3) years of clinical work, whichever is greater
How many referees can be provided from a particular
- maximum of three (3) referees can be provided from any
How are referees selected?
- The referees are nominated by the applicant
- Should an applicant nominate in excess of eight (8) referees,
the Board will select the most appropriate referees in accordance
with the SET Selection Regulations for Cardiothoracic Surgery.
How are the structured online referee reports collected
- The Board will send an online structured referee report to six
(6) listed referees
- The score consists of an average of all six (6) referee
Date of interviews: Saturday 15 June 2019, Melbourne,
Date invitations to interview sent: 10 days prior to
The interviews for both Australian and New Zealand applicants
will be held in Melbourne, Victoria.
The format of the interviews will be as follows:
- Three (3) interview panels
Applicants invited to interview will be required to provide
Additional minimum selection criteria
The minimum criterion for selection to the training program is
an overall score greater than or equal to 65/100 or 65%.
Announcement of offers
Announcement of offers to successful applicants will be
made on: 22 July 2019.
Feedback to both successful and unsuccessful applicants will be
in accordance with Selection
to Surgical Education and Training Policy.
1. Rotations must have been completed within the validity
2. A surgical term is a term of a minimum of ten (10)
continuous weeks within a hospital unit specialising in one of the
nine RACS surgical specialties.
3. A Cardiothoracic Term is a rotation of a minimum of ten
(10) continuous weeks within a Cardiothoracic Unit where an
approved Cardiothoracic Supervisor of Training is present. A
Cardiothoracic Rotation must provide exposure to both cardiac and
thoracic surgery. Rotations consisting of purely cardiac or purely
thoracic rotation will not be accepted.
4. Evidence is required - please list on CV and provide
written evidence from the employing institution confirming
completion of term.
5. Consultants who have not been awarded a diploma from an
Australian or New Zealand College are eligible to act as a referee
only after completing two years of continuous work within the area
of their diploma at a recognised Australian or New Zealand
Institution. International Medical Graduates currently under
assessment cannot act as a referee. Time spent working whilst under
oversight/supervision due to a period of assessment does not count
towards the two year minimum.