Application for Training Program

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 2021 Program will be accepted from 1 April 2020 to 1 May 2020. Whilst there will be changes to the interview process and timing – interviews will now be via Zoom or similar rather than a physical face to face interview - the application process will run as in previous years. Those applicants who are SET 5 and are waiting to sit their exam, will still be eligible to apply however the final placements and ranking will be subject to the applicant passing the FRACS exam by the end of the 2020 year.

Commencing with the 2020 Program:

  • 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. Please note that for the 2021 Program, this timing has been delayed and announcements will be in the week commencing 22 June 2020.

The ANZTBCRS Regulations and Policies document  has been updated (November 2018) and all applicants should be familiar with program requirements.  Before submitting an application, please read the ANZTBCRS Selection Process Program 2021 document. 

Applicants for the 2021 program must submit their application using the ANZTBCRS Application Form 2021 Program. Incomplete applications, or those not using the CV template, will not be eligible for consideration.

The Notras fellowship will not be offered in 2021, however the Fred Stephens Fellowship will be offered, along with the Medtronic Research Fellowship. See Awards for more information.

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