Selection

2020 Selection Process for 2021 Intake

Click here to access the 2020 General Surgery Selection Regulations for 2021 Intake.

In 2020, the Selection fee for General Surgery (Australia) will be $935 (inc. GST).

Click here to access the Selection Guidelines for the 2020 (2021 intake) process.

Information on becoming a surgeon is available from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons website.

Please note:

Eligible General Surgery or Surgical rotations that commenced on 3 February 2020 will be accepted onto the application for scoring and eligibility purposes.

When the application period opens, all eligible registrants will be contacted to advise how to enter those rotations into the online system.

Rotations that commenced after 3 February 2020 will not be accepted under any circumstances.

For all selection queries please contact:

selection@generalsurgeons.com.au

All queries must be in writing.  Phone calls will not be accepted and you will be requested to put your query in writing to the above email address.

General Surgery Education and Training (GSET) program

In 2021, the Australian Board in General Surgery will be implementing the revised General Surgery Education and Training (GSET) program.  The overall objective of the GSET Training program is to ensure that the graduating General Surgery trainee has the competencies and skills required to undertake core General Surgery procedures, be able to participate independently in an acute on call general surgical roster and be competent across the RACS Core Competencies.

GSET is a five (5) year training program structured into two stages – Core and Principal.

Core Training

GSET Levels 1 – 3 and focuses on the foundation skills relating to general surgery

Principal Training

GSET Levels 4 – 5 where the trainees’ involvement and clinical complexity is increasing


A diagrammatic representation of the program is depicted below:

Note:       EPAs - Entrustable Professional Activities
              PBAs - Procedure Based Activities

All trainees who are selected in 2020 to commence training in 2021, as well as  trainees who are currently on deferral and due to commence training in 2021, will be under the new GSET program and will be required to adhere to the Training Regulations that govern the GSET Program.  The Regulations will be available in due course.

Procedural Skills and Professional Capabilities Form

Click here to access the Procedural Skills and Professional Capabilities Form.

Please note that for 2020, each procedure must be verified during rotations undertaken between 1 December 2017 and the closing date of applications except where 2.5.5 of the Regulations applies. Skills verified outside of this timeframe will deem the form ineligible and you will not be able to proceed to the next stage of selection

Interview Dates

Interviews dates will be available on the website from 27 March 2020. The mailing state supplied in your mailing address on your application will be used to determine where your interview will take place (if you proceed to the interview stage). If your mailing state is ACT, TAS, NT or you are from overseas, your interview state will be the region you select as your first preference from your Regional preferences. 

Candidates who have known clashes with other events or personal circumstances have until 24 April 2020 to email selection@generalsurgeons.com.au requesting a particular date or interview state.  Please ensure you provide the reason for your preference.  Preferences will only be taken into consideration and cannot be guaranteed.

Dates marked with an asterick (*) will only be utilised if required.  Candidates are not able to request they be interviewed on these dates.

6 JAN 2020    

Registrations to SET open through RACS website

3 FEB 2020  

Registrations to SET close through RACS website (if you do not register first with RACS you will not be able to apply through GSA for selection)

19 FEB 2020  

Log in details for General Surgery Application sent to candidates via email

26 FEB 2020  

Applications to General Surgery SET Program opens at 12:00pm AEDT

25 MAR 2020  

Selection Applications close at 12:00pm AEDT. Please be aware that you must complete your application, including payment for your application, prior to this time. The system will automatically log you out and your application cannot be submitted after this date and time under any circumstances.

MAR 2020  

Interview dates are available on the GSA website, www.generalsurgeons.com.au. Please advise before 24 April 2020 to selection@generalsurgeons.com.au of any prior commitments affecting your availability, including possible interviews with other specialties. Once interview dates and times are finalised they cannot be altered.

15 APR 2020  

All applicants will be informed via email if they have or have not met minimum eligibility

22 APR TO 20 MAY 2020

  Referee report collection
24 APR 2020  

Last day to email selection@generalsurgeons.com.au with interview preferences. Preferences will be taken into consideration but not guaranteed

29 MAY 2020  

All applicants will be informed via email whether they are proceeding to the next stage (interviews) or whether they are ineligible as per the Regulations

1 JUNE TO 5 JUNE 2020

  Eligible applicants are advised of interview date and time
JUNE/JULY 2020  

Interviews take place. The exact dates will be available on the GSA website in March 2020

27 JULY 2020  

First Round Offers are made via email prior to 12.00pm AEST. Applicants in the last quartile and waitlist applicants will be advised by email

14 AUG 2020  

Second Round Offers are made via email prior to 12.00pm AEST. Applicants who do not receive an offer  will remain on the waitlist unless written withdrawal of application is received. Applicants who do not receive an offer will be emailed advising that they remain on the waitlist.

4 SEP 2020   Third Round Offers are made via email prior to 12.00pm AEST. Applicants who do not receive an offer  will remain on the waitlist unless written withdrawal of application is received. Applicants who do not receive an offer will be emailed advising that they remain on the waitlist.
25 SEPT 2020  

Fourth Round Offers are made via email prior to 12.00pm AEST if positions are available.

Deferral is not permitted. Applicants who do not receive an offer will remain on the waitlist unless written withdrawal of application is received. Applicants who do not receive an offer will be emailed advising that they remain on the waitlist.

16 OCT 2020  

Fifth Round Offers are made via email prior to 12.00pm AEDT if positions are available.

Deferral is not permitted. Applicants who do not receive an offer will remain on the waitlist unless written withdrawal of application is received. Applicants who do not receive an offer will be emailed advising that they remain on the waitlist.

13 NOV 2020  

Final date for offers via email if positions are available. Deferral is not permitted

16 NOV 2020  

Unsuccessful applicants on the waitlist are advised via email together with their feedback report.

2019 for 2020 Intake

The Australian Board in General Surgery is pleased to advise the following number of offers were made:

QLD : 16
SA: 4
WA: 8
VIC: 41
NSW: 37

 
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