Generic Surgical Sciences Examination (GSSE)


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Generic Surgical Sciences Examination

Surgical training involves progressing in levels of competence from being a doctor with at least two years of postgraduate experience to becoming a practising specialist. Surgical trainees require core knowledge and skills before entering the operating theatre as junior team members.

The Generic Surgical Sciences Examination (GSSE) is designed to ensure that prospective SET applicants have demonstrated a minimum standard of knowledge in the surgical sciences of anatomy, pathology and physiology - the foundation of surgical training.

Passing the GSSE requires demonstration of this 'minimum standard' of knowledge in each discipline as well as sound knowledge 'across the board'.

All specialty training boards have now made the successful completion of the GSSE a mandatory eligibility requirement for the 2019 (2020 intake) selection process. Potential candidates are urged to contact the relevant specialty training board / society to ensure they are aware of the requirements.

The basics

Preparing for the GSSE

On exam day

Exam results



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Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
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