Selection Information - Paediatric Surgery

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In 2008 eight (8)* Trainees were appointed into the SET program to commence in 2009
In 2009 six (6)* Trainees were appointed into the SET program to commence in 2010
In 2010 nine (9)* Trainees were appointed into the SET program to commence in 2011
In 2011 three (3)* Trainees were appointed into the SET program to commence in 2012
In 2012 nine (9)* 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 six (6)* Trainees were appointed into the SET Program to commence in 2015
In 2015 seven (7)* Trainees were appointed into the SET Program to commence in 2016
In 2016 seven (7)* Trainees were appointed into the SET Program to commence in 2017
In 2017 five (5)* Trainees were appointed to the SET Program to commence in 2018
In 2018 one (1)* Trainee was appointed to the SET Program to commence in 2019

*Includes deferred offers

SET applications closed for 2020 intake

Applications to the Paediatric Surgery Surgical Education and Training (SET) program in 2019 for the 2020 intake is closed. The Board of Paediatric Surgery will not be accepting SET applications in 2019 for the 2020 intake into Paediatric Surgery.

The training program is at maximum capacity and as a result of the high demand for the program there are limited SET posts available in the next year for Trainees. 

The Board of Paediatric Surgery appreciates that this is very disappointing for the many deserving applicants, however, please don't be discouraged, the SET program in Paediatric Surgery is competency based, and time spent in surgery will benefit applicants in Paediatric Surgery in the future.    

Please refer to the Paediatric Surgery selection webpage on the RACS website for updates regarding selection in 2020 for the 2021 intake.

Please direct any enquiries to SET.Enquiries@surgeons.org

FAQs

When can I apply?
Please refer to this webpage on 1 November 2019, for updates regarding selection in 2020 for the 2021 intake.

Unsuccessful applicants in 2018 for the 2019 intake
Detailed feedback is provided to the applicants that did not rank high enough to be able to be offered a place on the training program, for the 2019 intake.

This information is a general overview of the 2018 requirements and criteria. Please refer to the Specialty Board's Selection Regulations (PDF 155 KB) for further information.

The following is a list of selection tools and their contributions to the overall score:

Selection tools

  • Structured Online Curriculum Vitae - 30%
  • Structured Online Referee Reports - 25%
  • Semi-structured Interview - 45%

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Selection Initiative

RACS has approved the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Selection Initiative policy and the Board of Paediatric Surgery will implement this initiate in the 2018 process for the 2019 intake. 

Successful progression to interview

The Board of Paediatric Surgery has set the minimum eligibility criteria for progression to interview as follows:

Structured Curriculum Vitae and Online Referee Report combined score of greater than or equal to 35/55

Mandatory requirements

Surgical Rotations  Number Minimum Duration Validity Period [1] Completed By
Surgery [2] 1 26 weeks 3 years Time of application
Paediatric Surgery [3] 1 10 weeks 5 years Time of application
Generic Surgical Sciences Examination N/A N/A N/A Time of application

Structured online curriculum vitae (CV)

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

  • Surgical and medical experience
  • Qualifications (degrees, masters, PhD, FRACS, etc.)
  • Publications and Presentations
  • Skills courses

No additional CV information will be accepted from applications.

Method of allocating CV scores  (PDF 89 KB)

Structured online referee reports

Applicants must provide current contact details, including a valid e-mail address for all of their consultants with whom they have worked with in the last two (2) years (since 1 January 2016).

A minimum of (6) referees is required.
 
Who can qualify as a referee?

  • FRACS Surgical Consultants from Australia or New Zealand (must include at least one FRACS Paediatric Surgeon responder)
  • Vocationally Registered Paediatric Surgeon in New Zealand

What is the time period in which a referee will be considered valid?

  • Referees must be from within the last two (2) years

How are referees selected?

  • The applicant is asked to list all of their supervising consultants that they have worked with in the last two (2) years and then six (6) are contacted from that list, with a minimum of one (1) being a FRACS paediatric surgeon.

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 a minimum of five (5) referee reports
  • Should the minimum of five (5) valid referee reports not be obtained, the applicant will be ineligible to proceed to interview
  • An application will be considered ineligible where at least one (1) FRACS Paediatric Surgical Consultant (or a Vocationally Registered Paediatric Surgeon in New Zealand) referee report has not been obtained.

Semi-structured interview

Date of interviews: 16 June 2018
Date invitations to interview sent: Ten (10) days before interview date

The interviews for both Australian and New Zealand applicants will be held in Sydney, New South Wales.

The format of the interviews will be as follows:

  • Four (4) interview panels
  • Two (2) interviewers per panel
    Problem solving / critical assessment of information
    Collaboration and teamwork
    Emotional and social intelligence: Ethics, Self-assessment and Judgement
    Empathy and insight
  • Some stations will commence with a hypothetic scenario which may be presented verbally, written or as a short film clip using actors to illustrate a situation. This allows follow-up questions to explore the applicant's insight, problem solving and attributes in relation to each selection criteria and particularly as they correlate to the nine RACS competencies.
  • All applicants are asked the same initiating question for each station followed by semi-structured probing questions.  Each panel forms an assessment both on the panel question and seperately makes an assessment of the applicants communication skills demonstrated during the interview.

Applicants invited to interview will be required to provide identification.

Additional minimum selection criteria

  • Applicants must score a minimum of 15 marks out of a maximum of 25 of the total interview score to be considered eligible to progress to the final stage of the selection process and be ranked with an overall score. 
  • The minimum score needed to be appointed to Paediatric Surgery training is 72%.  This is a combined score of CV, Referee Reports and Interview.

Announcement of offers

Announcement of offers to successful applicants will be made on: 23 July 2018.

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 total of six (6) months supervised postgraduate clinical work in surgery comprised of terms no shorter than ten (10) weeks completed within the last three (3) years before the closing date for applications (since 1 January 2015).

3. A minimum ten (10) week term in a tertiary paediatric surgical unit composing fulltime paediatric surgery workload, accompanied by a letter of verification from a FRACS paediatric surgeon; completed within the last five (5) years before the closing date for application (since 1 January 2013).
NB: In addition to the Board mandated eligibility requirements for surgical rotations, applicants are instructed to complete surgical experience sufficient to ensure that the minimum requirement for referees is covered.