General Surgery Education and Training (GSET) Program

As a result of COVID-19, the implementation of the new GSET program has been delayed until 2022. Therefore, all trainees who are selected in 2020 to commence training in 2021, as well as  trainees who are currently on deferral and due to commence training in 2021, will be under the current program and will be required to adhere to the Training Regulations that govern the current 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

A diagrammatic representation of the program is depicted below:

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