Neurosurgeons treat, diagnose and manage operative and non-operative conditions affecting all three regions of the nervous system.
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|Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), Neurosurgical Society of Australasia|
|Neurosurgeons treat, diagnose and manage operative and non-operative conditions affecting all three regions of the nervous system.|
|Any person wishing to applying for the Surgical Education and Training Program in Neurosurgery as part of the 2018 intake, conducted during 2017, must satisfy the generic eligibility criteria determined by the RACS which includes:
- residency or citizenship of Australia or New Zealand at the time of registration;
general (unconditional) medical registration in Australia or general scope or restricted general scope registration in the relevant specialty in New Zealand;
-successful completion of the RACS Hand Hygiene Learning Module from which is available on the Hand Hygiene Australia (applicable to Australian and New Zealand Applicants) noting no other module will be accepted;
-successful completion of the RACS Let's Operate with Respect eModule All generic eligibility requirements must be satisfied at the time of registration. At the time of registration applicants must consent to a full criminal history check including submission of relevant documentation on request to enable this to be undertaken. Please refer to the RACS website for more detailed information regarding the generic eligibility requirements.
Register intent to apply and submit application through the Neurological Society of Australasia. Neurosurgery Specific Requirements
Any person wishing to applying for the Surgical Education and Training Program in Neurosurgery must, in addition to the generic eligibility criteria determined by the RACS, satisfy the neurosurgery specific eligibility requirements which are outlined in the Regulations available for downloading below. They are summarised as:
-Applicants must have completed a minimum 24 weeks’ full time equivalent dedicated neurosurgical experience in the three years immediately prior to application. For this purpose, only neurosurgical experience obtained while employed in a hospital with a neurosurgical department where the role involves pre and post-operative patient management and participation in morbidity and mortality meetings will be considered. Private assisting experience will not be considered.
-Applicants must have satisfactorily completed the RACS Generic Surgical Sciences Examination at the time of application.
|The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is responsible for training in nine surgical specialties via the Surgical Education and Training (SET) program. For more details visit the: Neurological Society of Australasia website.|
|Register intent to apply and submit application through the Neurological Society of Australasia.|
|Generic surgical science examination (GSSE): $3,930. This examination will be a prerequisite to application to the SET program from the 2018 selection intake onwards (conducted during 2017).
Fellowship examination: $8,165
|The SET program can be completed in a minimum of five years and a maximum of nine years, subject to satisfactory progression through the levels in the time frames outlined in the regulations.
The first level is basic neurosurgical training, focused on the basic neurosurgical foundational skills. This must be completed in a minimum of one training year and a maximum of two training years.
The second level is intermediate neurosurgical training, where the trainee involvement should be increasing in complexity. The trainee should be assuming more responsibility and building on the foundational experience, knowledge, skills and attributes towards the required level of competence. This must be completed in a minimum of three training years and a maximum of four training years.
The third level is advanced neurosurgical training, where the trainee should be functioning with full emergency competence, operating as primary surgeon in core neurosurgical procedures and acquiring the foundation for sub-specialist practice. This must be completed in a minimum of one training year and a maximum of three training years.
The following are courses expected to be completed during SET training. You may apply to these courses even before you are accepted onto the program:
- Australian and New Zealand Surgical Skills Education and Training (ASSET): $3,295
- Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient (CCrISP): $2,963
- Early Management of Severe Trauma (EMST): $2,963
- Critical Literature Evaluation and Research (CLEAR): $1,445
|Applications are accepted in February. The application process for those registered opens in approximately March each year. During this time registered applicants who are eligible will have access to the online application form. Late applications are not considered.|