RACS has established the Academy of Surgical Educators (ASE), which aims to foster and promote the pursuit of excellence in surgical education and to renew focus on supporting, enhancing and recognising surgical educators within the College.
The Graduate Programs in Surgical Education are a new suite of qualifications co-badged with RACS and offered by the University of Melbourne through the Department of Surgery, Austin Health, in partnership with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).
The programs' content recognises the unique challenges that characterise the clinical settings and the advanced technologies that are increasingly important in surgery and surgical training. Effective teaching skills are essential attributes for educators responsible for training the next generation of surgeons in the complex sets of skills required for safe surgical practice.
The programs allow surgeons to gain formal skills in teaching and educational scholarship. The content reflects critical issues in the broader education community together with specific challenges for surgical education - the role of regulatory bodies, balancing clinical service with training, ethical imperatives for simulation-based education, safer working conditions including safe hours and more.
The Graduate Diploma in Surgical Education comprises of the successful completion of the first four compulsory subjects PLUS 50 points of study from the nested suite of subjects that lead to the Master of Surgical Education qualification.