General Surgery Education and Training (GSET) Program

In 2022, the Australian Board in General Surgery will be implementing the revised General Surgery Education and Training (GSET) program.  The overall objective of the GSET Training program is to ensure that the graduating General Surgery trainee has the competencies and skills required to undertake core General Surgery procedures, be able to participate independently in an acute on call general surgical roster and be competent across the RACS Core Competencies.

GSET is a five (5) year training program structured into two stages – Core and Principal.

Core Training

GSET Levels 1 – 3 and focuses on the foundation skills relating to general surgery

Principal Training

GSET Levels 4 – 5 where the trainees’ involvement and clinical complexity is increasing

Trainees who commenced their General Surgery training in 2021 or prior will remain on the SET (Surgical Education and Training) Program and are governed by those Regulations which can be found here. Trainees who deferred their training and will therefore commence in 2022 onwards will undertake the GSET Program.

A diagrammatic representation of the program is depicted below and the GSET Regulations can be found here.

The new General Surgery Curriculum that accompanies the GSET program can be found here. The new Curriculum encompasses all the RACS competencies.  Please note that current SET Trainees will continue to be examined under the SET Curriculum.

An overview of the development of the GSET program can be found here.

Note:       EPAs - Entrustable Professional Activities
                PBAs - Procedure Based Activities