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Surgical Education and Training (SET) Programme

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is the principle body accredited by the Australian Medical Council and the Medical Council of New Zealand to conduct Surgical Education and Training (SET) in Australia and New Zealand. Surgical trainees are selected directly into the specialty-training programme in which they receive their specialist surgical education and training. Plastic and reconstructive surgery is one of nine surgical specialties governed by RACS.

Additional information about SET can be found on the RACS Website RACS SET Programme.

The New Zealand Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is a committee of RACS, and is responsible for the development and delivery of the SET programme for plastic and reconstructive surgery in New Zealand. This includes the selection, hospital allocation, supervision and assessment of trainees, and accreditation of plastic and reconstructive surgery hospital training posts.

NZAPS has an agreement with RACS to manage the training programme in New Zealand and support the New Zealand Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Visit the RACS website for more information on applying to SET.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical Training in New Zealand

Doctors who train in plastic and reconstructive surgery in New Zealand have had a minimum of two or three years of experience as a surgical registrar prior to applying for selection into the SET programme.

The programme takes a minimum of five and maximum of nine years to complete and trainees rotate among the four PRS accredited training hospitals in New Zealand. Trainees are supervised by plastic and reconstructive surgeons and undertake regular assessments. They are also expected to complete mandated courses and exams and attend annual training conferences. The aim of the programme is produce competent independent plastic and reconstructive surgeons with the experience, knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to deliver the highest standard of safe, ethical and comprehensive care to the community.

On completion of the programme, trainees are eligible for Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS). This fellowship is the benchmark of a fully trained plastic and reconstructive surgeon in New Zealand and Australia.

It is common for surgeons to undertake fellowship positions overseas after obtaining their FRACS for further study before returning to New Zealand

Questions relating to the NZ PRS SET programme should be directed to NZAPS via training@plasticsurgery.org.nz or (04) 803 3020.

Questions relating to hospital accreditation, training fees, examinations and courses and reviews, reconsiderations and appeals should be directed to RACS.

The training rotation dates for 2021 and 2022 are:

Rotation 1 2021: 1 February – 1 August 2021

Rotation 2021: 2 August 2021 – 30 January 2022

Rotation 1 2022: 31 January 2022 – 31 July 2022

Rotation 2 2022: 1 August 2022 – 29 January 2023