General Surgery

    Entry Requirements

    • Australian or New Zealand permanent resident or citizen
    • General medical registration
    • Completion of PGY2
    • Completion of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Hand Hygiene Learning Module
    • Completion of the RACS “Operating with Respect” eLearning module and Completion of the Generic Surgical Sciences exam
    • Refer to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons  for further information on selection and/or eligibility

    Total Training Time

    5 years (full-time)

    • SET 1: Satisfactory completion of a minimum of two six-month terms (full-time)
    • SET 2-5: Four years (full-time) of eight six-month accredited posts

    How to apply for a specialist training position in General Surgery

    Applicants must register their intention to apply with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). In addition to the RACS generic eligibility criteria, further selection criteria for application and selection to General Surgery is made through RACS specialty society, General Surgery Australia

    Queensland Health offers a central allocations program for SET 1 Principal House Officer (PHO) applications in General Surgery and applicants must complete their Queensland Health preferencing through the Resident Medical Officer (RMO) campaign.

    SET 2-5 allocations for General Surgery are conducted by RACS.

    Applicants interested in applying for positions not allocated by RACS must complete their preferences by selecting individual facilities (up to five preferences may be recorded). Surgical Education and Training (SET) occurs in nine specialty areas:

    • Cardiothoracic Surgery
    • General Surgery
    • Neurosurgery
    • Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
    • Paediatric Surgery
    • Plastics & Reconstructive Surgery
    • Urology
    • Vascular

    Applicants must first register with Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in accordance with the Registration for SET Selection policy.

    Applicants may then apply through GSA (General Surgeons Australia) for selection.

    Queensland Health offers a central allocations program for SET 1 PHO applications in General Surgery through the RMO Campaign.

    Selection to SET 2-5 General Surgery Registrar positions in Queensland is managed by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

    Applicants need to apply directly to RACS for a training position in General Surgery.

    In Queensland, for an employment contract to be issued by your allocated training facility, applicants MUST also submit an application via the RMO Campaign portal.

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    Find out more about Queensland-specific workforce demographics and specialty information.

    If you would like to get more information on training in General Surgery, please contact us.

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