Neurosurgery

Neurosurgeons, also known as brain surgeons, are doctors who specialise in the surgical treatment and management of conditions that affect the brain, spine and nervous system.
Minimum Time to Completion: 7 years from graduation

Details

Eligibility Requirements

Any person wishing to applying for the Surgical Education and Training Program in Neurosurgery must, in addition to the generic eligibility criteria determined by the RACS, satisfy the neurosurgery specific eligibility requirements which are outlined in the Regulations available for downloading below. Applicants to the Australian Pathway must at the time of application:

  • have permanent residency or citizenship of Australia
  • have general (unconditional) registration in Australia
  • have completed a minimum 24 weeks’ full time equivalent dedicated neurosurgical experience in Australia in the three years immediately prior to application
  • have satisfactorily completed the RACS Generic Surgical Sciences Examination at the time of application.

Application Process

Trainees are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Structured Curriculum Vitae 10%
  • Neurosurgery Anatomy Examination 30%
  • Reference Report 30%
  • Neurosurgery Semi-Structured Interview 30%

The Training Program can be completed in a minimum of five years and a maximum of nine years’ subject to satisfactory progression through the levels in the timeframes outlined in the Training Program Regulations. The three levels are:

  • Basic Neurosurgical Training (1 to 2 years)
  • Intermediate Neurosurgical Training (3 to 4 years)
  • Advanced Neurosurgical Training (1 to 3 years)

Annual Fee:

AUD $3590

Exam Fee:

GSSE: AUD $4,650.00
Specialty Surgical Sciences exam: AUD $2,150.00
Fellowship exam: AUD $8,950.00

Registration Fee:

AUD $585

Key Information

PGY Intake Year (earliest)

PGY3

Training Duration (minimum)

5 years FTE

General Progression

Note that this represents one of the quickest routes to specialty training, and may not reflect additional HMO or unaccredited years of training.
Year 1
Internship
Year 2
Surgical HMO Year
Year 3
Commence Neurosurgery Advanced Training (PGY3+)
Part Time Option: Yes
Last Updated: May 25, 2022
The information found in this portal has been painstakingly collated by JMOs for JMOs, and is intended as a career progression guide for every aspiring JMO. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and currency of the information presented on this website, but recent changes made by Specialist Medical Colleges may not be reflected in real time; please consult with the respective Specialist Medical College websites for the latest information. PMCV and JMO Victoria accepts no responsibility for inaccuracies, errors, or omissions. Please feel free to contact our team with suggestions or comments via the feedback form.

Neurosurgery

Neurosurgeons, also known as brain surgeons, are doctors who specialise in the surgical treatment and management of conditions that affect the brain, spine and nervous system.
Minimum Time to Completion: 7 years from graduation

Details

How to Apply

Eligibility Requirements

Any person wishing to applying for the Surgical Education and Training Program in Neurosurgery must, in addition to the generic eligibility criteria determined by the RACS, satisfy the neurosurgery specific eligibility requirements which are outlined in the Regulations available for downloading below. Applicants to the Australian Pathway must at the time of application:

  • have permanent residency or citizenship of Australia
  • have general (unconditional) registration in Australia
  • have completed a minimum 24 weeks’ full time equivalent dedicated neurosurgical experience in Australia in the three years immediately prior to application
  • have satisfactorily completed the RACS Generic Surgical Sciences Examination at the time of application.

Application Process

Trainees are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Structured Curriculum Vitae 10%
  • Neurosurgery Anatomy Examination 30%
  • Reference Report 30%
  • Neurosurgery Semi-Structured Interview 30%

Program Structure

The Training Program can be completed in a minimum of five years and a maximum of nine years’ subject to satisfactory progression through the levels in the timeframes outlined in the Training Program Regulations. The three levels are:

  • Basic Neurosurgical Training (1 to 2 years)
  • Intermediate Neurosurgical Training (3 to 4 years)
  • Advanced Neurosurgical Training (1 to 3 years)

Fees

Annual Fee:

AUD $3590

Exam Fee:

GSSE: AUD $4,650.00
Specialty Surgical Sciences exam: AUD $2,150.00
Fellowship exam: AUD $8,950.00

Registration Fee:

AUD $585

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Key Information

PGY Intake Year (earliest)

PGY3

Training Duration (minimum)

5 years FTE

General Progression

Year 1
Internship
Year 2
Surgical HMO Year
Year 3
Commence Neurosurgery Advanced Training (PGY3+)
Part Time Option: Yes
The information found in this portal has been painstakingly collated by JMOs for JMOs, and is intended as a career progression guide for every aspiring JMO. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and currency of the information presented on this website, but recent changes made by Specialist Medical Colleges may not be reflected in real time; please consult with the respective Specialist Medical College websites for the latest information. PMCV and JMO Victoria accepts no responsibility for inaccuracies, errors, or omissions. Please feel free to contact our team with suggestions or comments via the feedback form.

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