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Selection for 2020 (2021 intake) is currently suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic.  Information will be updated as it becomes available.


Entry into the SET training program in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery is highly competitive. Eligibility criteria are published annually on The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) website at  Selection Requirements. NZ Specialty specific selection regulations can be found on College website at NZ PRS Selection

The selection process explores the abilities, experience, standard of work performance and personal qualities of applicants that would enable them to perform all the required duties of a SET trainee, achieve all of the objectives of the SET programme, and become a skilled and highly competent Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon.

A range of professional and capability factors are considered in PRS applicants. In general, applicants accepted into SET in PRS should:

  • Be dedicated to achieving and maintaining high standards of patient care
  • Exercise sound clinical and ethical judgment
  • Have the ability to develop the required technical competence
  • Have a commitment to quality and safety in healthcare

Please note:

From 2016 it will be mandatory for all applicants to SET PRS to have passed the Generic Surgical Sciences Examination.

SET applicants in 2021 (for the 2022 training year) will be required to have successfully completed the Clinical Examination  Clinical Examination

Key dates for registration and application for Selection can be found on the RACS website at Selection Requirements .