Surgery and Surgical Specialities

The Auckland Regional training programme in Surgery is facilitated by the Vocational Training Committee on behalf of the Surgical Education an training committees of the various specialist training schemes of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. There are normally 15-20 places for new non-SET registrars each year.

Learn about a career in surgery by watching Mr Richard Wong She present on Surgery at our RMO Careers Evening.

RMO Career Day - Surgical Training from Ko Awatea on Vimeo.


Dr Richard Wong She - urgical Vocational Training Committee in the Auckland region

Interview - Mr Richard Wong She

Mr Wong She is Chair of the Surgical Vocational Training Committee in the Auckland region. He has some great advice for you if you are planning a career in Surgery. Read more...
Dr Hayley Herbert - ENT Registrar, Auckland Hospital, New Zealand

Interview - Dr Hayley Herbert

Hayley Herbert is a NZ trainee currently going through the SET training programme. She describes her experience in training as an ENT registrar. Find out more about the training, opportunities, lifestyle and recommendations...
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Sub Specialities

Across our Auckland hospitals, you can gain experience in:

    • Orthopaedics
    • Paediatric Surgery
    • Urology
    • Neurosurgery
    • ORL
    • Plastic Surgery
    • Cardiothoracic Surgery
    • Vascular Surgery
    • General Surgery


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Sites and Resources

Hospital Sites

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How to train as a Surgeon

There is a selection process to get into the Auckland regional training programme. The earliest point at which application can be made for the first year of training (SET1) is during Postgraduate Year 2 (PGY2) with entry for successful trainees in Postgraduate Year 3 (PGY3).

Having successfully completed SET1 training and assessment requirements, trainees move into SET2 without further selection. In most specialties, SET1 trainees who have not successfully completed the examination may be permitted by the specialty Board to progress to SET2, provided that other training requirements have been met.

Trainees in SET1 are appointed by the employing hospital at the level which the hospital deems appropriate. The trainees will perform clinical rotations in units, designated by the specialty in which they are selected, as providing career aligned requirements. During this period there is an increased focus on workplace competency assessment.

For more information about training requirements of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, click here.

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Who can I talk to and where to next?

The training programme in Auckland is organised by the Surgical Vocational Training Committee with representation from all hospitals across Auckland and the Department of Surgery, University of Auckland. This Committee is committed to further improve the quality of teaching in Surgery in Auckland.

For more information about the training programme, please contact:

Mr Richard Wong She - Consultant and Chair of the Surgery Vocational Training Committee
Middlemore Hospital
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