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Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Your Pathway into Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery training in North Queensland

Entry Requirements

  • General medical registration 
  • Completion of PGY2 minimum 
  • Completion of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Hand Hygiene Learning Module 
  • Completion of the RACS Operating with Respect eLearning module 
  • Completion of the Generic Surgical Sciences exam 
  • Completion of the RACS Clinical Examination 

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Specialty Specific Eligibility Criteria 

  • Minimum duration of 8 weeks in an Emergency or Critical Care rotation at a PGY1+ level 
  • Minimum duration of 10 weeks (including min 5 continuous weeks) in a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery rotation at PGY1+ level 
  • Minimum duration of 26 continuous weeks in any surgical specialty rotation at PGY2 + level 
  • Refer to the Regulations for Selection into Plastic & Reconstructive Surgical Education and Training guide for further information on selection and/or eligibility 

Total Training Time

Total: 5 years (full-time)

Training is comprised of 5 years of Surgical Education and Training (SET) within Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 

  • Year 1 – Early SET  
  • Year 2 & 3 – Mid SET  
  • Year 4 & 5 – Late SET  

How to Apply

Stage 1 – Registration  

  • Through the RACS website  
  • Opens | 10 January  
  • Closes | 31 January  

Stage 2 – Application  

  • Through specialty society or RACS website  
  • Opens | 1 March  
  • Closes | Refer to specialty selection regulations  

Stage 3 – Referee reports collected 

  • Refer to specialty selection regulations for details 
  • Collected | April – May  

Stage 4 – Interviews  

  • Refer to specialty selection regulations for details  
  • Conducted | June – July  

Stage 5 – Announcement of Offers  

  • Refer to Specialty Selection regulations for details  
  • Late date for offers | Early November  

Application Deadline

All the key dates for application submission, assessment and selection rounds are available on the Queensland Health Recruitment Campaign website for application through the RMO campaign.

Once the campaign closes, only your preferred facilities or training programs can access your online application and attachments to assess and conduct meritorious recruitment activities. The facility or training program may contact candidates to discuss applications, employment opportunities or organise interviews.

Each specialty training college has different application dates so ensure you refer to the individual website for information. Consider these dates in conjunction with the RMO campaign key dates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there Flexible training available?

Flexible training is permitted after 12 months of full time training is completed to satisfactory.  

How long do I have to finish the training?

Nine years is the maximum permitted time to complete SET training requirements.  

What is a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Specialist?

A Plastic and Reconstructive specialist is a surgeon who specialises in reconstructive surgery to improve or return function to abnormal body structures caused by congenital defects, trauma, infection, tumours or disease and in procedures designed to improve the aesthetic appearance of body features. 

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.

Cairns region
(07) 4226 8187

Central West region
(07) 4764 1547

Mackay region
(07) 4885 7122

North West region
(07) 4764 1547

Torres and Cape region
(07) 4095 6103

Townsville region
(07) 4781 3424