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.