Vascular surgery is a specialty in which diseases of the vascular system – or arteries and veins – are managed by medical therapy, minimally-invasive catheter procedures, and surgical reconstruction.
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|Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)|
|Vascular surgery is a specialty in which diseases of the vascular system – or arteries and veins – are managed by medical therapy, minimally-invasive catheter procedures, and surgical reconstruction.|
|The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is the principal body for the training and education of surgeons in Australia and New Zealand. Accreditation is given by the Australian Medical Council, on behalf of the Medical Board of Australia, and the Medical Council of New Zealand to conduct training and education of surgeons in all specialties in Australia and New Zealand.
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
- General (unconditional) registration in Australia or general scope or restricted general scope registration in the relevant specialty in New Zealand
- Successfully completed the RACS-specified hand hygiene learning module from Hand Hygiene Australia since 1 January 2013
- Completed the RACS Let’s operate with respect eModule 4
|Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS)
|Surgical science examination – generic component: $2,955
Surgical science examination – specialty-specific component: $1,965
Surgical science examination – SET clinical exam: $2,255
Fellowship examination: $8,165
|RACS collaborates with the Australian and New Zealand Society for Vascular Surgery, as an agent of RACS, to administer the surgical education and training (SET) program.
The Board of Vascular Surgery has oversight for the conduct of the SET program in vascular surgery, reporting to the Board of Surgical Education and Training.
The SET program in vascular surgery is designed to provide trainees with clinical and operative experience in order to learn special methods of investigation and become competent in techniques related to the discipline. At the conclusion of the SET program it is expected that trainees will be able to perform as independent practitioners, meeting the requirements of all identified RACS competencies.
Satisfactorily complete a minimum of ten six‐month rotations in posts accredited by the Board.
- Complete the Early management of severe trauma (EMST) course by the end of SET2.
- Complete the Australian and New Zealand surgical skills education and training (ASSET) course by the end of SET1.
- Complete the Care of the critically ill surgical patient (CCrISP) course by the end of SET2.
- Submit in-training assessment forms, Mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise (mini-CEX), Direct Observation of Procedural Skills (DOPS), and logbooks on the following dates each year
- 31 January (end of term)
- 30 April (mid-term)
- 31 July (end of term)
- Satisfactorily complete the Board of Vascular Surgery research requirement.
- Satisfactorily complete the clinical examination, specialty-specific examination, and fellowship examination in vascular surgery in accordance with the college policies
- Attend the annual trainee skills course
|Applications open in March and close in April. Interviews for admission are generally held in June/July.|