Education & Training

NZAGS delivers General Surgery training through a Service Agreement with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). Governance of General Surgery training in New Zealand is administered by the Aotearoa New Zealand Committee in General Surgery (AONZCiGS).

The College (RACS) is the principal body for the training and education of surgeons in New Zealand and Australia. Accreditation is given by the New Zealand and Australian Medical Councils to the College and standards for education and training are established by the College.

Trainees are selected for the five year training programme each June. For more information regarding the minimum requirements and regulations for this process please click here.

Check list for Selection

Pre register with RACS – from 12 January 2022

Must hold New Zealand or Australian Medical Registration

Completion of the Generic Surgical Sciences Examination

Completion of at least 12 weeks of Critical Care from one unit

Completion of the Procedural Skills and Professional Capabilities form

Completion of at least 52 weeks of General Surgery from one surgical term or two 26 weeks from two surgical terms

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