Application for Training Program

To all potential applicants to the Australian and New Zealand Training Board in Colon and Rectal Surgery in 2021:

The RACS fellowship examination may be split into two sittings this year for logistical reasons. We understand that this is disruptive to those who have been offered a date in September, and we do not want these people to be disadvantaged in their application to the ANZTBCRS Training Program. As such, eligibility for application to the ANZTBCRS Training Program in 2021 will be for those who already have their RACS fellowship AND those who have applied for a May date but were allocated to an exam date later in 2021. If ranked appropriately for selection to the Training Program, those applicants who will be sitting their RACS fellowship exam after the ANZTBCRS interviews will be offered a provisional position on the Training Program pending successfully passing the exam. As such, there may be a small number of candidates who can remain on a “wait list” in case a provisional appointment does not pass the exam.


Guidelines for Applicants 

Colorectal Surgical Training in Australia and New Zealand is provided through the Post Fellowship Training Program. This Program is administered by the Australia and New Zealand Training Board in Colon and Rectal Surgery (ANZTBCRS). The philosophy of the training program is to foster the development of colon and rectal surgery as a specialty. The program is accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) as a Post Fellowship Education and Training (PFET) program.

It is the aim of the Training Program that successful trainees will practise in the field of colon and rectal surgery and that the principal referee, when nominated, will act as a mentor, in both assisting in the organisation of training and importantly, in assisting the trainee to establish themselves in their future career within colon and rectal surgery.

Applicants for the ANZTBCRS Program must have successfully completed the Australasian general surgery training and attained their FRACS. For those sitting the fellowship exam in May, progression of an application will be dependent upon a pass in that exam. 

Applications for the 2022 Program will be accepted from 1 April 2021 to 30 April 2021. Please Note Applications are now closed.  Interviews (for those who are shortlisted) will be held via Zoom on Saturday 24 July 2021. 

Please note:

  • References will be requested on an applicant’s behalf as soon as possible after an application is received. These reports must be received by 1 June or will not be considered. Applicants will need to ensure that their chosen referees are able to submit the reference by 1 June and are aware of the importance of doing so. 
  • Applicants will be notified during the week following 14 June as to whether they have been shortlisted for interview. 

The ANZTBCRS Regulations and Policies document  provides detail about the program and all applicants should be familiar with the program requirements.  Before submitting an application, please read the ANZTBCRS Selection Process document

Applicants for the 2022 program must submit their application using the following form: ANZTBCRS Application - 2022 Program. Incomplete applications, or those not using the CV template, will not be eligible for consideration.

The Notaras fellowship will be offered for the 2022 Program, along with a Medtronic Research Fellowship. See Awards for more information.

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