I love the fast pace of neurosurgery and the enormous physical and emotional challenges the specialty presents.
The night I put my first external ventricular drain in a critical patient and realised I intervened quickly enough to save her life – was the event that had me sold on neurosurgery.
Metro South Hospital and Health Service
Neurosurgeons perform a range of procedures on the head, spine and peripheral nerves. Examples of commonly performed procedures include; traumatic haematomas, cerebral aneurysms, spinal discectomies, laminectomy and laminoplasty, spinal fusion, nerve repair and neurectomy. Examples of common conditions treated by neurosurgeons include; head and spinal trauma, brain tumours, spinal stenosis, metastatic lesions, hydrocephalus, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy.
5 years full-time
College-selected trainees may be allocated to a training post by:
For detailed information in relation to training and assessment requirements, please contact RACS.
Neurosurgery trainees are selected directly into the sub-specialty and progress through the SET (Surgical Education and Training) program, an integrated program designed to provide clinical and operative experience to enable trainees to engage in the comprehensive care of neurosurgical patients. The main components of SET training are placements in hospital posts, short courses (skills and specialty-specific), research and assessments. Upon completing all requirements of the training program, trainees may apply for admission to Fellowship of RACS.
Applicants must have permanent residency or citizenship of Australia and New Zealand at the time of registration and hold general (unconditional) medical registration in Australia or general scope or restricted general scope registration in the relevant specialty in New Zealand. Applicants are also required to have successfully completed the RACS Hand Hygiene Learning Module and RACS Let’s Operate With Respect eModule and and have passed the RACS Generic Surgical Sciences Examination (GSSE). In addition, applicants must have completed a minimum of 24 weeks full-time equivalent of dedicated neurosurgical experience in the 3 years immediately prior to application. Further details are available from RACS.
Minimum 50% of full-time commitment however trainees must apply to the relevant specialty board at least 6 months prior to the proposed commencement of part-time training. Training must be completed within 9 years.
Interruptions may only be granted in 12 month increments to coincide with training years.