Application for Training Program
Applications for the 2024 Training Program will open on 1 April 2023.
To all potential applicants to the Australian and New Zealand Training Board in Colon and Rectal Surgery for the 2024 program:
Please note the following updates for applications in 2024:
- Applicants applying for a Research Year as their first year will not be considered for a clinical placement for that year.
All publication references included on the CV need to be accurate and include all authors and in the correct order, or they will be excluded.
- Evidence of FRACS will be required before an applicant will be scheduled for interview, however an application may be made before the FRACS exam results (for the first Fellowship exam of the year) are known.
Payment of the AU$450 (+gst) application fee is required at time of form submission, the application fee is non-refundable.
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 Fellows 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 Fellow 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 first fellowship exam of the year, progression of an application will be dependent upon a pass in that exam.
Applications for the 2024 Program will be accepted from 1 April 2023 to 1 May 2023.
- 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 applying for a Research Year as their first year will not be considered for a clinical placement for that year.
Applicants will be notified during the week following 14 June as to whether they have been shortlisted for interview.
The ANZTBCRS Regulations and Policies - April 2021 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 2023.
Applicants for the 2024 program must submit their application using the online ANZTBCRS Application Form. Incomplete applications, or those not using the online form, will not be eligible for consideration.