I was attracted to Vascular Surgery as it requires exacting technical skills, high-level communication skills and strong teamwork within a multi-disciplinary team and the result of our intervention is immediate life and/or limb saving outcomes for patients. The treatment of arterial disease continues to evolve rapidly, and the profession has evolved with it, offering both traditional open surgery and minimally invasive percutaneous options within the one specialty.
Dr Tim McGahan
Director of Vascular Surgery
Vascular surgeons work within both public and private health settings to provide preventative and curative specialised services across the spectrum of vascular conditions. Procedures commonly performed by vascular surgeons include angioplasty, atherectomy and stenting, arteriovenous fistula creation, carotid endarterectomy, carotid stenting, surgical aneurism repair and surgical bypass.
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.
Vascular surgery 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 investigate and treat conditions of the arteries and veins. 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 must have passed the RACS Generic Surgical Science Examination (GSSE). In addition, applicants must have completed 8 weeks general surgery rotation, 16 weeks vascular surgery rotation and 8 weeks rotation in an intensive care unit. 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.
Trainees must apply to the relevant specialty board by the 1 June in the year prior to the proposed commencement of the training in which the interruption will commence.