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, SET Interview live workshops 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. Candidates are also encouraged to consider enrolling in the online SET interview course which is completed entirely via correspondence and is unaffected by current events.
Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work through this significant period of change.
The SET Surgical Specialties Interview Course (CR309) is a workshop which prepares candidates for the Surgical Education and Training admissions (SET) interview through the development of fundamental communication and presentation skills in core competencies deemed essential for surgical practice. The CR309 workshop is structured to prepare candidates for a RACS Surgical Specialty. The SET Surgical Specialties Interview Workshop is prepared and conducted by practicing surgeons providing candidates with an opportunity to gain a unique insight into the SET selection interview, and to practice their interview skills in a realistic environment. On completion of the course, candidates are in an advantageous position to gain entry into SET for the surgical specialty of their choice. Furthermore, candidates completing the course develop communication and presentation skills that will assist them in their practice of medicine and surgery.
Aims of the SET Surgical Specialities Interview Course
The SET Interview represents the final step for acceptance onto a Surgical Education and Training (SET) specialty program including Cardiothoracic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Paediatric Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Urology, Vascular Surgery and General Surgery.
The SET Surgical Specialties Interview Course aims 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 admissions interview; and to develop life-long communication and presentation skills that will assist them in their practice of medicine and surgery.
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 a surgical specialty or for those who wish to improve their communication and presentation skills in their practice of surgery.