2021 Selection for 2022 Intake

PFET Program in Rural Surgery

The annual Selection process for the PFET Program in Rural Surgery will be governed by Selection Regulations.

Click here to download the 2021 Selection Guidelines for application to the PFET Program in Rural Surgery.

General Information:

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 of intent 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.

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.

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. If a post is not available in a preferred pathway and region, applicants acknowledge that they may be required to defer commencement of training in the PFET Program in Rural Surgery. If a successful applicant is unable to secure employment in an approved position within twelve (12) months from the date of offer, the offer will be withdrawn, and the successful applicant will be required to reapply in the following year.

Selection Timeline

Selection opens: Monday 8 March 2021 12:00pm (AEDT)
Selection closes: Monday 29 March 2021 12:00pm (AEDT)
Referee Reports sent out: Thursday 1 April 2021
Referee Reports due back: Thursday 15 April 2021
Notification of Interviews: Friday 23 April 2021
Interviews: Saturday 8 May 2021, Melbourne (time and venue TBC)


Selection Application Form

Selection is now closed.

Application and Eligibility

For 2021, the Post Fellowship Education & Training (PFET) Program in Rural Surgery is open:

  1. to suitably qualified trainees who have been awarded Fellowship of the RACS in General Surgery or
  2. to trainees who have successfully completed the RACS Fellowship Examination in the above listed specialty; or
  3. to trainees who have enrolled for the May sitting of the RACS Fellowship Examination in the above listed specialty, in the year of application.

Applicants will be interviewed on a time to be confirmed on Saturday 8 May 2021 in Melbourne. Applications will be considered by the GSA Rural Training Committee.

Selection Tools

Selection of candidates into the PFET Program in Rural Surgery will be determined by the following selection tools:

  • Curriculum Vitae 30%
  • Referees Reports 30%
  • Interview 40%

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.

Selection Application

Applicants should download the Selection Application Instructions & Payment Form.

All applications must include the following:

  • Completed Selection Application form with all relevant attachments
  • Proof of successful completion of the Fellowship Examination in General Surgery
  • OR
  • Evidence of enrolment for the May sitting of the RACS Fellowship Examination in General Surgery
  • Proof of current and valid medical registration from the applicable Medical Board or Council in Australia (e.g. AHPRA). Australian applicants must have general (unconditional) registration, or specialist registration in General Surgery. New Zealand applicants must have general scope or restricted general scope registration in the relevant specialty.
  • Proof of citizenship or permanent residency status in Australia or New Zealand.
  • Proof of Medical Indemnity Insurance
  • Payment of the $550 (inc. GST) registration fee is required prior to applications being considered

Curriculum Vitae

During scoring of an application, points will be awarded for the following:

  • Experience in General Surgery
  • Experience in Rural Surgery
  • Higher Degrees
  • Research
  • Publications – quality of journals
  • Presentations at national or international meetings
  • Administrative involvement and organisation skills
  • Other activities – leadership qualities

Structured Interviews

Only shortlisted candidates will be required for the interview.

As per Section 6.2. of the Selection Regulations:

  • Applicants must score a combined total score from the CV and Referee Reports of 70% or above to be eligible to proceed to the interview stage. Applicants who do not meet this criteria will be deemed unsuitable and not eligible for an interview. Applicants will be notified accordingly.

For all Selection queries, please contact:

Elizabeth Pedersen
Executive Officer - PFET
P +61 8 8274 3791
E liz.pedersen@generalsurgeons.com.au