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The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is committed to ensuring that participants health and safety is the top priority of running any event, which includes adhering to any local, state, and federal laws, policies and restrictions, both in Australia and New Zealand. Due to the complex evolving nature of these laws and restrictions, RACS may be required to cancel a course at any time leading up to the event.
Phase 1: Registration release dates (January-June 2021 courses)
|SET and SIMGs||18 November 2020|
|Participants previously registered to a cancelled course||25 November 2020|
|All eligible applicants||2 December 2020|
Phase 2: Registration release dates (July-December 2021 courses)
July to December course release dates will be announced in Autumn 2021. SET Trainees and SIMGs will continue to be given priority access to register for these courses.
Candidates are encouraged to register in the course at least six weeks prior to course commencement to ensure adequate preparation. Registrations close four weeks prior to course commencement.
Travelling to a course
Due to the complexities present by the COVID-19 pandemic, RACS strongly recommends all applicants to attend a local course where possible. Some regions are very limited on course offerings and where possible RACS will prioritise local attendees in these regions. Please note RACS reserves the right to withdraw a registrant who is registered to a course outside the region where they reside in favour of a local applicant if required.
The pandemic culture of unexpected clusters and emergency lockdowns is likely to be ongoing and may affect your ability to travel to and attend courses. Please carefully consider if you are at risk of losing your course fee and/or a valuable course position going unoccupied by a doctor who would have been able to attend.
EMST courses with places available
In 2021 there are fewer course offerings due to the COVID-19 pandemic - we have been unable to run as many courses as usual and many venues have less places available due to physical distancing guidelines.
Furthermore we have prioritised 2021 course places for RACS SET Trainees and SIMGs as well as those who were previously registered to a cancelled 2020 course.
All courses have a reserve list which we encourage you to register to if your desired course is full.
For courses July-December 2021 registration will open in Autumn 2021. Please monitor this webpage or join the Skills Training mailing list to be kept informed.
How to register
- Visit online registrations.
- Log in or create a College account.
- Have your medical registration number and date of graduation details on hand.
- Full payment is required at the time of enrolment.
- You may nominate up to six reserve places for courses that are already full.
- Join the Skills Training mailing list to be kept up to date with release dates.
- Evidence of prior attendance may be required to register to a refresher course.
COVID-19 cancellation policy
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, cancellation requests for Skills Training courses will be managed in the following manner:
- Cancellations of more than four weeks prior to course: 95 per cent refund of course fee
- Cancellations of less than four weeks prior to course: No refund of course fee
This policy will apply to all courses and participants. We strongly encourage registration to local courses, as travel restrictions may change at any time.
In the event that RACS is required to cancel a course, participants will receive a full refund of their course fee.
Please do not attend a RACS event if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or are awaiting a test result. Please contact us to review your options.
As at 2 September 2020.
Withdrawals and transfers
To withdraw from your allocated course, please complete the withdrawal form. Unfortunately transfers to alternative courses are not possible.
Please view the Skills Training cancelled courses disclaimer (PDF 112.69KB).
Surgical Trainees are eligible to compete in the Damian McMahon Trauma Research Paper competition. For more information, please visit Damian McMahon Prize.