Becoming a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
The Specialty of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is one of nine surgical specialties governed by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).The five year Surgical Education and Training Program (SET) is supervised by the New Zealand Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and administered by the New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons (NZAPS.
The objectives of the training programme are to build on the strength of trainees and develop high level competencies in PRS. Throughout their SET training, trainees will work in various hospitals, each with varying demands and expectations. At the completion of the SET programme, graduates are expected to be highly skilled and professional Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons who communicate well with patients and hospital staff, who are tolerant, compassionate and prepared to put something back into the professional and wider communities.
Plastic Surgery trainees who complete the five year SET Program and succeed in the Fellowship Examinations are eligible to be awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS).
More information about SET can be found on the RACS Website at Surgical Education and Training (SET)