Becoming a Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Surgical Education and Training (SET) Program

The specialty of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is one of nine surgical specialties governed by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). Entry into the Surgical Education and Training (SET) program is highly competitive.

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Selection for Training

Trainees for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery are competitively selected based on their potential to become the best surgical leaders and ability to provide the highest quality of patient care.

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Training Locations

Plastic surgery trainees are trained at State Government accredited training posts throughout Australia. These posts are mainly located at major teaching hospitals and undergo a strict accreditation review process.

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International Medical Graduates

Information for International Medical Graduates.

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Continuing Professional Development

Specialist Plastic Surgeons are required to undertake lifelong learning after their formal training through the Continuing Professional Development Program, administered and audited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. This program reinforces professional patient-centred conduct and keeps surgical consultants informed of developments in the surgical sciences.

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Videos about SET

In this informative collection of videos two Specialist Plastic Surgeons involved in training, Dr. Sean Hamilton and Dr. Tim Proudman, outline the various stages involved in becoming a trainee plastic surgeon. Subjects discussed include the examination, interview and selection program.

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10 October 2020

2020 ASAPS Aesthetic Breast Conference II – The Virtual Edition

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