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General surgery

Summary

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The surgeries that a general surgeon performs can include almost any organ or body system. General surgery training covers the abdomen and its contents; breast, skin and soft tissue; paediatric surgery; head and neck surgery; burn treatment; and vascular surgery. In addition to surgery, a general surgeon must be able to assess and treat trauma, soft tissue wounds, cysts, abscesses, abdominal wall hernias, breast conditions, varicose veins and peptic ulcers. Required knowledge for a general surgeon includes the basics of anatomy, physiology and pathology, as well as how wounds heal, fluid management, treatment of shock, resuscitation, and the management of postoperative pain.

GPs can practice with a sub-specialty; this allows them to focus on a particular area of medical interest. See below for further information on the training requirements for a sub-specialty in General surgery .

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36–40 hours/week
average time worked
$98,032 – $329,734/year
average salary
5 years
min full time
GP sub-specialty
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General surgery
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)
   
The surgeries that a general surgeon performs can include almost any organ or body system. General surgery training covers the abdomen and its contents; breast, skin and soft tissue; paediatric surgery; head and neck surgery; burn treatment; and vascular surgery. In addition to surgery, a general surgeon must be able to assess and treat trauma, soft tissue wounds, cysts, abscesses, abdominal wall hernias, breast conditions, varicose veins and peptic ulcers. Required knowledge for a general surgeon includes the basics of anatomy, physiology and pathology, as well as how wounds heal, fluid management, treatment of shock, resuscitation, and the management of postoperative pain.
http://www.surgeons.org/surgical-specialties/general
http://www.generalsurgeons.com.au/education-and-training
$3,405 per training year
36–40
41/59
66
5
Oversubscribed
436
Yes
Students complete postgraduate vocational training and entry into specialty fellowship.
Any person wishing to register for selection into the Surgical Education and Training (SET) program of one (or more) of the surgical specialties must fulfil all of the generic eligibility criteria at the time of registration, whilst being prepared to meet the eligibility criteria for the specific specialty (or specialties) during the next stage of selection.

The generic eligibility requirements that apply across all nine specialties are to:
- have permanent residency or citizenship of Australia or New Zealand at the time of registration
- have general (unconditional) registration in Australia or general scope or restricted general scope registration in the relevant specialty in New Zealand
- have successfully completed the RACS specified hand hygiene learning module from Hand Hygiene Australia since 1 January 2013
- complete the RACS Let’s Operate With Respect eModule 4
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is responsible for training in nine surgical specialties via the SET program.
You can apply for the SET program in any of the nine specialties during PGY2, with the earliest successful entry at the beginning of PGY3. Many trainees do not get onto SET until PGY4 or 5 (this varies with the specialty).

The first step in the application process for SET training is to register with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).
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$98,032 – $329,734
During the course of their training, all SET trainees, unless otherwise indicated, will undertake:
- Clinical examination (CE): $2,255
- Generic surgical science examination (GSSE): $3,930
- Fellowship examination: $8,165
$14,350
General surgery is the basic core specialty within the discipline of surgery and is the broadest of the surgical specialties. The general surgeon is a surgical specialist engaged in the comprehensive care of surgical patients and in some situations may require knowledge of the whole field of surgery. The general surgeon is frequently the one first confronted with the acutely ill or injured person and is responsible for the early investigation of the obscure surgical illness.

The general surgery SET program is administered in Australia by General Surgeons Australia (GSA) and in New Zealand by the New Zealand Association of General Surgeons (NZAGS).

Duration
The SET program in general surgery is structured over a four year curriculum as follows:
SET 2-5 satisfactory completion of 8 x six-month terms in posts accredited by the Board in General Surgery (BiGS) beyond SET http://www.surgeons.org/media/24795641/gdl-2016-guide-to-set-booklet-v1.pdf

Must complete the following courses:
- Australian and New Zealand surgical skills education and training (ASSET): $3,295
- Care of critically ill surgical patient (CCrISP): $2,963
- Critical literature and evaluation (CLEAR): $1,445
- Early management of severe trauma (EMST): $2,963
Applications are accepted in February.
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NB: Salary figures, working hours, undersubscribed and oversubscribed can vary greatly depending on various factors including but not limited to geographic location, private or public practice. MedVersus provides an Australia wide overview. For information specific to your needs we encourage you to discuss further with the relevant colleges/associations. For feedback/information to keep the site up to date please contact us by email: media@gptq.qld.edu.au

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