The widespread, unexpected and rapidly changing circumstances relating to the Covid-19 pandemic has led to the mandatory cancellation of many conferences, events and gatherings. This is especially important for gatherings of medical professionals. Further, the College of Surgeons have temporarily suspended the SET selection process, with contingency plans being made that may involve conducting selection interviews over an online medium.
As such, the SET Interview live workshop component of this course will not proceed in the regular format listed on this page. Based on the feedback from many candidates, and the potential for official SET interviews to be conducted remotely, this course has been temporarily reformatted to an online format in order to ensure candidates continue to receive the very best preparation during this difficult time.
The reformatted online SET Interview Workshop will consist of 4 components, each completed separately:
- Introduction Lecture
- First Live Online Interview
- 1-to-1 Feedback Session
- Second Live Online Interview
1. Introduction lecture
The introduction lecture familiarises delegates with the SET interview including scoring criteria, ideal approach, and key mistakes to avoid. The lecture will be recorded and made available to delegates to view prior to their trial interviews.
2. First Live Online Interview
This is a complete trial SET interview conducted over the Zoom Video Platform. This structured interview will consist of 5 stations (scenarios), each with 2 questions. In this interview, candidates seek to implement the techniques and strategies taught during the Introduction Lecture. The structured interview will be recorded and the recording will also be made available for candidates to review. The recorded interview will be formally assessed, and a written feedback report will be prepared by a FRACS surgeon and made available to candidates prior to their personal feedback session.
3. Feedback Session
This online session will consist of 1-to-1 personalised feedback with a FRACS surgeon. The candidate’s performance at the 1st live online interview will be discussed in detail, and a plan will be created to assist the candidate in their final preparation strategy. The session duration is 30-45 minutes.
4. Second Live Online Interview
This will be a consolidation interview consisting of a further 5 stations (scenarios), each with 2 questions. In this interview, candidate’s will seek to demonstrate the skills and techniques that hey have accumulated over a period of preparation. The structured interview will be recorded and the recording will again be made available to the candidate for review. Responses are again formally assessed, and once again a written feedback report will be prepared by a FRACS surgeon and made available to the candidate.
Live interviews will take place in late April/May along with personalised feedback sessions. Once enrolled, candidates may choose from a selection of dates and times for their live online interviews and feedback session.
Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work through this significant period of change.
The SET General Surgery Interview Combined Course (CR307) combines both the SET General Surgery Interview Online Course (CR306) and the SET General Surgery Interview Workshop (CR305) to deliver a comprehensive approach to the development of clinical, communication and presentation skills needed for the SET Interview. Completion of this course allows comprehensive preparation and extensive development of core skills needed for a thorough preparation for the SET Interview and are life-long skills advantageous to good medical practice. All scenarios and interview panels are developed by the METC Institute faculty of General Surgery. Consultants available to students share unique insights into the SET entry preparation process and interview.
Aims of the Course
The SET General Surgery Interview represents the final step for acceptance onto the General Surgery Surgical Education and Training (SET) program. The aims of the SET General Surgery Interview Combined Course are to provide doctors with comprehensive materials, strategies, and insights needed to fully prepare for the selection interview; to provide doctors with exposure to live interview panels; to provide an understanding of the criteria used to discern future surgeons; to prepare doctors to perform strongly in this highly competitive selection interview; and to develop life-long communication and presentation skills that will assist them in their practice of medicine and surgery.
The SET General Surgery Interview Combined Course (CR307) comprises both the live (CR305) and online (CR306) interview courses:
Live SET Interview Course (CR305)
This course is conducted in a live setting with an interview panel that includes specialist surgeons some of which have past 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. The course is suitable for doctors seeking to enter General Surgery or for those who wish to improve their communication and presentation skills in their practice of General Surgery.
Online SET Interview Course (CR306)
This course consists of 100 interview scenarios (200 questions) with ideal responses 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. The course is suitable for candidates applying for SET General Surgery Specialty training who wish to complete a thorough interview preparation course that develops their clinical, communication and presentation skills or for those who wish to further their development in this area.