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A Rural Surgeon is required to have a thorough understanding of normal anatomy and physiology, as well as pathophysiology, investigations, differential diagnosis and surgical and non-surgical management of general surgical conditions. It is important that Rural Surgeons maintain a current understanding of the most appropriate time and manner of intervention.

It is intended that the PFET Program in Rural Surgery will build on the skills and experience developed in the Surgical Education and Training (SET) Program in General Surgery.

The Rural Surgeon should be capable of participating in an on-call roster and should be prepared for and capable of caring for the characteristic complications of general surgical conditions.

This curriculum module is divided into the following sections, outlining technical expertise for the following:

  • Abdominal Wall
  • Acute / Emergency Surgery
  • Breast
  • Colorectal
  • Endocrine
  • Small Bowel
  • Transplantation
  • Trauma
  • Hepatic, Pancreatic, and Biliary
  • Upper GI - Oesophago-gastric
  • Bariatric
  • Skin & Soft Tissue
  • Surgical Oncology

Trainees are expected to keep abreast of the current literature, including textbooks, journal articles, consensus guidelines and other on-line resources. 

“Operative Management” will be dictated by the case-mix of a unit attended for one (1) year of specialty PFET Training (either exposure to, or a working knowledge of).

Trainees are required to be familiar with the indications, benefits and limitations of the procedure; trainees should be able to describe the relevant operative techniques involved in performing the procedure; trainees are encouraged to at least observe and preferably assist in these procedures.


Section 1.2.5 of the Regulations states that Trainees allocated for one (1) year to a Training Unit accredited by ANZES, ANZGOSA, ANZHPBA, BreastSurgANZ, or CSSANZ must comply with all Training Regulations, Policies, and Assessment Procedures as outlined by the applicable Training Board or Committee. This Regulation also covers the Curriculum developed for each of these PFET Programs.