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Training Program - Surgery

The only CanMEDS approved cosmetic surgical training program in Australia. Read more about CanMEDS here

Surgical Training Pre-Requisites

Since its foundation, the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery and Medicine (the College) has promoted and maintained an inclusive approach, welcoming surgeons from a variety of speciality backgrounds.  This has included not only Plastic Surgeons but also Opthalmologists, ENT, Facio-Maxillary surgeons and Gynaecologists.  

Preference is given to candidates who have attained Fellowship of one of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons or an equivalent post-graduate surgical qualification (as determined by the College).  Whilst special consideration of other experience may also apply in some circumstances and program requirements may be modified for candidates who can demonstrate appropriate and relevant training, qualifications and experience in cosmetic surgery (also as determined by the College), no Fellowship can be awarded without successful completion of the formal examination process.  All candidates must have at least five years post-graduate experience including three years of accredited surgical training in posts approved by the College and be a fully registered practising medical practitioner.  If you fulfil these criteria and think you may be suitable to undergo advanced cosmetic surgical training, the College encourages and welcomes your application for consideration.

The Surgical Program

The ACCSM registrar training program provides two years of advanced training in cosmetic surgery. It has a number of consistent parts:

  • (i) 24 months – Australian rotation
  • (ii) The production of a clinical research paper or review article for publication
  • (iii) College academic syllabus
  • (iv) College Fellowship examinations: written and oral components
  • (v) Surgical log book
  • (vi) Registrar evaluation reports

Australian Rotation

The Australian component comprises rotations based in NSW, VIC and QLD.

Rotations consists of a minimum of 3 months duration and involves attachment to at least four cosmetic surgeons who are responsible for the registrar's clinical training.

Registrars are required to complete a minimum of:

  • (i) 25 hours clinical attendance each week (eg. operating sessions, pre-op and post-op clinics) which are registered in their clinical log book (minimum 1100 hours per year).
  • (ii) 10 hours of academic time (the time estimated to complete the academic syllabus).
  • (iii) Attendance at a minimum of 6 major procedures per week (minimum of 250 per year) recorded in their surgical log book.

Registrars are also responsible for running the Journal Club which is part of the College CME program.


Written and Viva Voce as determined by the College from time to time.
All references to "College" indicate the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery and Medicine.


Two Year Surgical Registrar Training - $49,500 including GST.

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Training Program - Surgery