course aims to provide a hands-on educational package of generic
surgical skills required by surgical Trainees in the Australian and
New Zealand context. The emphasis of this course is on small group
teaching, intensive hands-on practice of basic skills, individual
tuition, personal feedback to participants and the performance of
ASSET is a two day course conducted for 20 participants with a
faculty of 12 to 14 instructors.
Approximately 24 courses are run each year. A list of this
year's ASSET courses is available on the ASSET Course Schedule.
Teaching on Skills Training courses enables RACS Fellows to
claim 1 CPD point per hour, with a maximum of 30 per annum.
Register your interest
Fellows and senior Trainees (SET 4+) from all surgical
specialties are welcome to apply to become an ASSET instructor.
Please register your interest by:
- Ensuring minimum eligibility criteria is met (Fellows or senior
Trainees (SET 4+)
- Checking against the course prerequisites
- Completing the Instructor Application form (PDF 242KB)
- Submitting form to firstname.lastname@example.org
- All applications to be considered by the ASSET committee
Prerequisites and training process:
- Encouraged to attend a full course as a potential instructor to
gain understanding of the course objectives, content and delivery
- Instructors may select to participate in the section of the
course most relevant to their practice
- Successful candidates progress directly to instructor
- Teach a minimum of one course per year to maintain instructor
The Skills Training Department is the communication link between
participants, faculty and the ASSET committee.
"I find that teaching on an ASSET course is always a
really enjoyable experience. It's great to have the opportunity to
engage with the next generation surgeons from across all
specialties and to help teach some fundamental practical surgical
skills in a relaxed environment."
Dr Stuart Bade FRACS, Deputy Chair for the ASSET
"The ASSET course is about teaching hands on surgical
skills - something within the domain of every Fellow. It is
practical, interactive and is enthusiastically embraced by trainees
at the start of their surgical careers. Involvement as an
instructor always teaches you things too."
Dr Robert Davies FRACS, ASSET committee
Skill Training Department
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Surgeons' Gardens
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia
Telephone: +61 3 9249 1227
Fax: +61 3 9249 1298