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Overview

Course code

Course code

SE400

Course scope

Scope

SET General Surgery Interview Preparation

Course workload

Course workload

All You Can Learn

Delivery method

Delivery method

IME classroom & online

Contact time

Contact time

1 Live Attendance Workshop

Modules

No. of modules

4 Included Subjects

Access duration

Access duration

1 year

Cost

Cost

$3,997.00 AUD

About the Program

Pre-SET General Surgery Research Fellowship Program (CR400) is a highly specialised SET preparation program which prepares candidates for the Surgical Education and Training admissions interview for General Surgery through the development of fundamental communication and presentation skills. The course is prepared and conducted by practicing surgeons and provides candidates with an opportunity to gain a unique insight into the SET selection interview.

The course includes: 

  • Research Fellowship
  • SET General Surgery Mentorship Program
  • SET General Surgery Interview Online Course (SE101)
  • SET General Surgery Interview Workshop (SE102)

    Program Structure

    Pre-SET General Surgery Research Fellowship Program (CR400) is without exception the most comprehensive SET program that is available to candidates today.

    The Pre–SET General Surgery Research Fellowship is completed part-time over a course of 12-18 months and is designed to facilitate entry into advanced surgical training through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons’ SET General Surgery Training Program. The program consists of 28 credit points (cp) in a purpose-designed research program facilitated by personalised mentorship and comprehensive preparation for the SET admission process through the development of core competencies vital to good medical and surgical practice.

    The aims of the program are:

    • To select candidates interested in surgical research for completion of a substantial piece of research work representing a significant contribution to the field of General Surgery and;
    • To train candidates in general research methodology and research skills through practical application and;
    • To facilitate candidates’ selection into the highly competitive SET General Surgery training program through a personalised mentorship, SET application and interview training program that focuses on the development of core competencies deemed highly important in the practice of medicine and surgery.

      Program Content

      The Pre-SET General Surgery Research Fellowship Program (SE400) is highly specialised interview program which combines the below courses: 

      METC Institute is dedicated to improving health, through excellence in education and research, creating new knowledge and fostering innovation. Prospective candidates are engaged as Research Fellows with a number of leading University Hospitals throughout Australia, to conduct General Surgery research projects under the guidance of a dedicated Consultant Surgeon supervisor / facilitator. Research Fellows may undertake research in one of the following areas, aligned with their career interests and ambitions:

      • Breast & Endocrine Surgery
      • Colorectal Surgery
      • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
      • Pelvic Floor Disorders
      • Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery
      • Upper Gastro-Intestinal Surgery
      • Obesity Surgery
      • Surgery Education and Training

       It is a requirement of the Research Fellowship that each Fellow must prepare a scientific/clinical paper for podium presentation and publication in a refereed journal.

      Supervision

      Upon commencement, all research fellows are required to submit a finalised research protocol for approval to the METC Institute Research Support Committee. Regular updates will be required that includes details on the status of the project and proposed abstract submission and publication. Appropriate progression of the research project is integral to successfully completing the Research Fellowship.

      All research fellows will be appointed a facilitator / supervisor that will take direct responsibility for the conduct of the fellow’s research. The supervisor will be available at all stages of the research project for advice, assistance and direction, and is responsible for the progress of the fellow, reporting directly to the Research Support Committee. The supervisor will:

      • Ensure that sufficient resources are available to support the fellow;
      • Provide advice about the initial research plan;
      • Ensure that the fellow is aware of particular research skills to be acquired;
      • Ensure that appropriate techniques are established for gathering and analysing data;
      • Monitor progress made within the context of the research plan;
      • Agree on a timetable for frequent and regular contact;
      • Establish agreed indicators of progress and;
      • Provide regular and constructive feedback on written analysis and drafts.

      Each Research Fellow is provided with excess to an exclusive and personalised SET application and interview mentoring program, representing the highest standard of preparation possible for consideration of admission into the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons General Surgery SET Program.

      During this program, Research Fellows are expected to develop and demonstrate sophisticated skills in the following areas of study:

      • Comprehensive insight into the SET interview and admissions process and;
      • Understanding of areas for professional development and plan for improvement and;
      • Continuous improvement based on tasks set by the program supervisor and;
      • Demonstrated ability to respond to a varied range of interview scenarios with a sophisticated response framework

      The SET Application Mentorship Program is an exclusive program utilising the experience and insights of their allocated personal program supervisor (all program supervisors are practicing Consultant General Surgeons with unique insights and experience in the entire SET selection process).

      Research Fellows are provided with a personalised preparation program comprising:

      • Personalised CV review and recommendations for the SET application and;
      • Personalised interview preparation study plan (including SE101 and SE102 courses) and;
      • One-on-one formative interview assessment and feedback session with their personal program tutor and;
      • One-on-one summative interview assessment and feedback session with their personal program tutor and;
      • Unlimited telecommunication / email access to their personal program tutor and;
      • Regular follow-up and progress review throughout the program.

      This course consists of interview scenarios written and prepared by consultant General Surgeons with first-hand experience, expertise and insights into the practice of General Surgery, the SET General Surgery selection process, interview structure and training program. 

      Candidates work through 100 scenarios each of which consists of 2 questions (total 200 questions) in various online modules. Detailed ideal responses are provided for each scenario. Candidates are encouraged to practice their responses with their peers and to seek constructive feedback, in order to develop and refine their skills in this area.

      These modules cover key attributes of the RACS Core Competencies, ethics, as well as clinical scenarios that are commonly examined that determine proficiency in foundational medical and technical expertise required at the SET registrar level.

      These modules are outlined below. 

      Module 1 – Introduction to the SET General Surgery Interview

      This introductory module orientates candidates to the SET General Surgery Interview, and the course modules.

      Module 2 – Professionalism & Ethics

      This module includes numerous scenarios with worked solutions that test candidates’ abilities to:

      • Demonstrate a commitment to their patients, profession and community through ethical practice
      • Recognise medico-legal issues
      • Demonstrate a commitment to their patients, profession and community through participation in profession-led regulation
      • Manage medical indemnity and risk

      Module 3 – Scholar & Teacher

      This module includes numerous scenarios with worked solutions that test candidates’ abilities to:

      • Assume responsibility for their own ongoing learning
      • Critically evaluate medical information and its sources, and apply appropriately to practice decisions
      • Facilitate the learning of patients, families, trainees, other health professionals, and the community
      • Contribute to the development, dissemination, application, and translation of new medical knowledge and practices

      Module 4 – Health Advocacy

      This module includes numerous scenarios with worked solutions that test candidates’ abilities to:

      • Respond to individual patient health needs
      • Promote health maintenance of patients
      • Respond to the health needs of the community
      • Promote health maintenance of colleagues
      • Look after their own health
      • Advocate for improvements in health care

      Module 5 – Management & Leadership

      This module includes numerous scenarios with worked solutions that test candidates’ abilities to:

      • Allocate finite healthcare resources appropriately
      • Manage and lead clinical teams
      • Manage their practice and career effectively
      • Serve in administration and leadership roles, as appropriate

      Module 6 – Collaboration & Teamwork

      This module includes numerous scenarios with worked solutions that test candidates’ abilities to:

      • Work in collaboration with members of interdisciplinary teams where appropriate

      Module 7 – Communication

      This module includes numerous scenarios with worked solutions that test candidates’ abilities to:

      • Develop rapport, trust and ethical therapeutic relationships with patients and families
      • Accurately elicit and synthesise relevant information from patients, families, colleagues and other professionals
      • Accurately convey relevant information and explanations to patients and families, colleagues and other professionals
      • Develop a common understanding (with patients, families, colleagues and other professionals) on issues, problems and plans

      Module 8 – Medical Expertise

      This module includes numerous scenarios with worked solutions that test candidates’ abilities to:

      • Establish and maintain clinical knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to their practice

      Module 9 – Judgement (Clinical Decision Making)

      This module includes numerous scenarios with worked solutions that test candidates’ abilities to:

      • Provide compassionate patient-centred care
      • Perform a complete and appropriate assessment of a patient
      • Organise diagnostic testing, imaging and consultation as appropriate

      Module 10 – Technical Expertise

      This module includes numerous scenarios with worked solutions that test candidates’ abilities to:

      • Safely and effectively perform appropriate surgical procedures

       While students are required to complete the online modules, formal practice of interview scenarios is highly recommended. Students should seek like-minded peers or educated family members to practice thinking through and delivery of their responses to interview prompts supplied in the modules.

      Note: Modules are sequentially released upon satisfactory completion to enable a structured framework for successful completion of the course.

      This course is conducted in a live setting with an interview panel that includes specialist surgeons with experience formally interviewing candidates for admission to SET. Throughout the workshop, attendees move through different sets of scenarios. All candidates have opportunities to be examined and to be the examiner throughout the scenarios, providing unique insights. Candidates also receive detailed personalised feedback, through formal feedback rotations conducted at the end of each set of scenarios.

      Candidates attending this workshop will gain an understanding of the following:

      • Specific interview style and process used for SET selection
      • Aims of the SET selection interview
      • Attributes sought by the SET selection interview
      • Members of the SET selection interview panels
      • Topics that will be encountered at the panels
      • Scoring process and criteria used

      In addition to the experience gained from the live interviews, all candidates will be given personalised advice and strategies for improvement. Total time allocated for personalised feedback is 50 minutes per student. 

      The live interviews conducted during the course are designed to be completely representative of the real interview, and provide candidates with the unique opportunity to practice their interview skills, and to develop their communication and presentation. The interview panels will focus on the nine RACS competencies.

      • Collaboration
      • Communication
      • Health advocacy
      • Judgement – clinical decision making
      • Management and leadership
      • Medical expertise
      • Professionalism and ethics
      • Scholar and teacher
      • Technical expertise

      Modules

      Candidates access to online modules is facilitated via IME's dedicated learning portal.  This Online Learning Management System also provides the student with various tools and advanced e-learning strategies to facilitate their learning.

          Entry requirements

          A successful applicant for admission to the pre – SET General Surgery Research Fellowship holds a Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) or Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from an Australian University or international equivalent (with EICS verification). Other requirements include General (unconditional) Medical registration in Australia or general scope or restricted general scope registration in the relevant specialty in New Zealand.

          Locations and Dates

          The Institute of Medical Education aims to provide the The SET General Surgery Interview Workshop (SE102) in all major Australia Cities and Auckland in New Zealand. To ensure adequate preparation time, workshops are typically held in May/June. 

            How To Apply

            To enrol in this course and make payment, click on the ‘Enrol’ button at the top of the page. 

            Candidates are invited to submit a formal application online, where you will also be required to upload some or all of the following documents electronically with your application:

            1. CV, providing a summary of your work experience and other relevant activities;
            2. One-page cover letter outlining your reasons for applying;
            3. Proof of AHPRA general (unconditional) registration or general scope registration in New Zealand
            4. Statement of capacity to undertake the part-time Research Fellowship

            The pre – SET General Surgery Research Fellowship has additional admission requirements including an interview as part of the application process; or the submission of other documentation or portfolio of work as determined by the Research Support Committee on a case-by-case basis.

            Please select your preferred location upon enrolment. *Delegates to check local & regional COVID restrictions prior to booking workshop.

            Course fees include access to the online modules and workshops for 365 days. Further fees apply for extensions and may only be granted on application. Please refer to our published refunds policy as a condition of enrolment.

            ENROL 

            Exit examination

            Pre-NEW SET General Surgery Research Fellowship Program (SE400) prepares candidates for the Surgical Education and Training admissions interview for General Surgery through the development of fundamental communication and presentation skills.

            METC Institute is an independent organisation and SET Interview Workshops are not associated with, or endorsed by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), as RACS must maintain probity in its competitive selection process. The fees for such selection process are not included in the course fees for SE400.

            Faculty

            This interview course is designed by Specialist Doctors and Senior Lecturers from leading Australian University Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals. Minimum qualification standards include MBBS with specialist qualification and registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). All courses are delivered by experienced lecturers with proven success in the medical space. 

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