Courses and Seminars

Skills Courses

Overview

The Surgical Education and Training Program training requirements include successful completion of the following courses:

  • Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient Course (CCrISP®)
  • Early Management of Severe Trauma (EMST)
  • Critical Literature Evaluation and Research (CLEAR)
These skills courses are run by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient Course (CCrISP®)

The CCrISP® course must be completed prior to or during Basic Training. Trainees are advised to register as soon as is practical after appointment. The CCrISP® course assists doctors in developing simple, useful skills for managing critically ill patients, and promotes the coordination of multidisciplinary care where appropriate. The course encourages trainees to adopt a system of assessment to avoid errors and omissions, and uses relevant clinical scenarios to reinforce the objectives. Registration and delivery of the course is managed by the RACS with a fee charged. Trainees who have satisfactorily completed an above course or a RACS recognised equivalent to the course, may be eligible for recognition of prior learning for this component.

View the CCrISP® course dates, registration and fee information here 
Download the Training Program Regulations here

Early Management of Severe Trauma (EMST)

The EMST course must be completed prior to or during Intermediate Training. Trainees are advised to register as soon as is practical after appointment.  The EMST course is concerned with the management of injury victims in the first hour or two following injury, which emphasises a systematic clinical approach. It has been tailored from the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS®) course of the American College of Surgeons. The course is designed for all doctors who are involved in the early treatment of serious injuries in urban or rural areas, whether or not sophisticated emergency facilities are available.  Registration and delivery of the course is managed by the RACS with a fee charged.

Trainees who have satisfactorily completed an above course or a RACS recognised equivalent to the course, may be eligible for recognition of prior learning for this component.

View the EMST course dates, registration and fee information here 
Download the Training Program Regulations here

Critical Literature Evaluation and Research (CLEAR)

The CLEAR course must be completed prior to or during Intermediate Training. Trainees are advised to register as soon as is practical after appointment.  The CLEAR course is designed to provide tools to undertake critical appraisal of surgical literature and to assist surgeons in the conduct of clinical trials. These 'hands on' courses aim to make the language and methodology relevant to surgeons and the day-to-day activities in their practice. Registration and delivery of the course is managed by the RACS with a fee charged.

Trainees who have satisfactorily completed an above course or a RACS recognised equivalent to the course, may be eligible for recognition of prior learning for this component. Please see section 8 of the Regulations for further details.

View the CLEAR course dates, registration and fee information here 
Download the Training Program Regulations here


Training Seminars

Overview

Two training seminars are held annually.  Trainees are required to attend all scheduled training seminars occurring while they are undertaking the Surgical Education and Training Program. The SET Program training requirements include as a minimum successful completion of: 

  • Two training seminars during Basic Training; and 
  • Six training seminars during Intermediate Training. 

The Training Seminars are ran by the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia and the topics focus on different subspecialty areas of practice. There is a fee of $550 (including GST) for attendance for each Training Seminar, which is waived for trainees who are members of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia. The program and registration details for each Training Seminar are emailed to trainees.

Dates and Topics 2021

The dates and topic for the remaining 2021 Training Seminar is as follows:

  • Paediatrics 1 – Videoconference – Friday 29 October 2021 commencing at 10am AEDT to 3.30pm AEDT
  • Paediatrics 2 – Videoconference – Friday 26 November 2021 commencing at 10am AEDT to 3.30pm AEDT

Dates and Topics 2022

The provisional dates and topics for the 2022 Training Seminars are as follows:

  • Training Seminar 1: Neuro-oncology Part 1 – Videoconference – Friday 18 March 2022 commencing at 10am AEDT to 3.30pm AEDT
  • Training Seminar 1: Neuro-oncology Part 2 – Videoconference – Friday 13 May 2022 commencing at 9am AEST to 2.30pm AEST
  • Training Seminar 2: Skull Base Surgery - Face to Face - Wednesday 19 October to Friday 21 October 2022

The second Training Seminar which is scheduled as face to face is subject to ongoing monitoring of the COVID-19 disruptions. As such, we ask that trainees do not make travel plans at this time. The location will be announced in early 2022.