Selection Information - Cardiothoracic Surgery Australia & New Zealand

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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 Requirements

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. 

Selection tools

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 33/55.

Mandatory requirements

Applicants must complete the following rotations/examinations:

Surgical Rotations Number of Terms Minimum Duration of Term Validity Period 1 Completed By
Surgical term 2 2 10 weeks 5 years End of 20194
Cardiothoracic term3 1 10 weeks 5 years Time of application
Generic Surgical Sciences Examination (GSSE) Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable 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.

Mandatory:

1. Competently insert a Chest Drain

2. Competently harvest a Long Saphenous Vein

3. Competently harvest a Radial Artery

 

Structured Online Curriculum Vitae (CV)

CV will score information on, and require documented evidence for:

  • Surgical and medical experience
  • Other qualifications (degrees, masters, PhD, FRACS, etc.)
  • Publications
  • 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 purposes.

Must a referee meet certain criterion?

  • At least one referee must be from the Cardiothoracic rotation
  • At least one referee must be from the current rotation
  • No more than three Research supervisors can be nominated as a referee

Who can qualify as a referee?

  • Surgical consultants
  • Other consultants
  • Consultants holding a diploma from an Australian or New Zealand College5

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 rotation?

  • maximum of three (3) referees can be provided from any particular rotation

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 and scored?

  • 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 reports

Semi-structured interview

Date of interviews: Saturday 15 June 2019, Melbourne, Victoria
Date invitations to interview sent: 10 days prior to interview date

The interviews for both Australian and New Zealand applicants will be held in Melbourne, Victoria.

The format of the interviews will be as follows:

  • Four (4) interview panels
  • Two (2) interviewers per panel

Applicants invited to interview will be required to provide identification.

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.


Notes:

1. Rotations must have been completed within the validity period specified

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.