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General Surgery

General Surgery

General Surgery

Your Pathway into General Surgery training in North Queensland

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

Total: 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

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.

Disclaimer: The information provided on this website aims to assist medical students and doctors in training with medical career planning. While every effort has been made to ensure the information is current and accurate, all details should be verified through the relevant Specialist College.

NQRTH is an initiative of the Australian Government's Integrated Rural Training Pipeline (IRTP) and is facilitated by James Cook University in partnership with public and private hospitals, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC), health services, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) and GP clinics.

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