Overview

Program & Progression Requirements

The PFET Program in Rural Surgery comprises one (1) year of metropolitan training x two (2) different specialties, identified at the time of application (Rural Training Pathway).

The GSA Rural Training Committee is looking for candidates with a genuine interest in Rural Surgery, who have a history of commitment and initiative. Applicants must provide a statement outlining their commitment to a career in Rural (non-metropolitan) Surgery, and identifying future plans with regards to employment in a Rural (non-metropolitan) area.

YEAR 1

The requirements for successful completion of YEAR 1 and progression to YEAR 2 are:

  • Satisfactory completion of one (1) twelve-month term
  • Satisfactory surgical logbook statistics consisting of a minimum operative experience outlined in the Program Overview and with satisfactory primary operator rates and case mix OR Signed off as competent in those operative procedures identified as Mandatory (M) in the Core Competencies for the PFET Program in Rural Surgery
  • DOPS
  • Attendance at an annual PFET Progress meeting
  • Attendance at the Provincial Surgeons of Australia Annual Scientific Conference (can be completed in YEAR 2)

YEAR 2

The requirements for successful completion of YEAR 2 are:

  • Satisfactory completion of one (1), twelve-month term
  • Satisfactory completion of any probationary periods
  • Satisfactory surgical logbook statistics consisting of a minimum operative experience outlined in the Program Overview and with satisfactory primary operator rates and case mix OR Signed off as competent in those operative procedures identified as Mandatory (M) in the Core Competencies for the PFET Program in Rural Surgery
  • DOPS
  • Satisfactory completion of the Research requirement:
    • Publication (at least accepted for publication) of research outcomes in the field of Rural Surgery in a peer-reviewed scientific journal or book chapter as primary or major author; an
    • Oral or poster presentation of research outcomes in the field of Rural Surgery at a recognised peer-reviewed national or international scientific meeting
  • Attendance at Provincial Surgeons of Australia Annual Scientific Conference (can be completed in YEAR 1
  • Attendance at an annual PFET Progress meeting

Rural Training Pathways

Applicants must identify a preferred Rural Training Pathway, made up of a combination of two x one year of training in any of the following:

  • Breast Surgery
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Endocrine Surgery (TBC)
  • HPB Surgery
  • Rural (General) Surgery
  • General Surgery/Acute Care
  • Trauma/Emergency Surgery
  • Transplant Surgery
  • Upper GI Surgery
  • Other (could include non-General Surgery streams, e.g. Paediatrics, Plastics, Orthopaedics etc)

Allocations

Offers to the PFET Program in Rural Surgery will be based on national rankings.

Where an applicant has identified a Rural Training Pathway in Colorectal, HPB Surgery, Upper GI Surgery, or Breast Surgery, the GSA Rural Training Committee will work with the relevant specialty training board to arrange allocations to appropriate accredited posts, where available.

The number of offers will be dependent on the Rural Training Pathway preferences identified by the applicant and the availability of accredited positions, and may depend on positions becoming available.

If a post is not available in a preferred pathway and region, applicants may be required to defer commencement of training in the PFET Program in in Rural Surgery.

General Information

Applicants acknowledge that successful completion of the PFET Program in Rural Surgery will not be recognised as prior learning in any future applications made to PFET Programs offered by CSSANZ, ANZHPBA, ANZGOSA, or BreastSurgANZ. Applicants also acknowledge that successful completion of the PFET Program in Rural Surgery will not be considered as an alternative pathway to membership of CSSANZ, ANZHPBA, ANZGOSA, or BreastSurgANZ.

 
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