Medical Education - Surgical Training

Eastern & Greater Southern Surgical Skills Training Network

The Eastern & Greater Southern Surgical Skills Training Network offers a comprehensive surgical education and training program to prepare and support Surgical SRMOs, Unaccredited Registrars and PGY 1 & 2s interested in pursuing surgical careers. Through the program, trainees develop core surgical competencies for application to vocational training as part of an accredited SET position under the auspices of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

We combine a long standing tradition of excellence in patient care and surgical training in subspecialty and general surgery.

The program offers exposure to a wide range of training including workshops; skills labs; lectures; professional development and career guidance.

SET Training

Each specialty college has a different process for selecting and allocating SET trainees. For more information go to the Royal Australian College of Surgeons website.

EGSSTN Positions for 2021 Clinical Year

Advertising and recruitment for the 2021 Annual Junior Medical Officer Recruitment campaign is coordinated by the NSW Ministry of Health through the NSW JMO eRecruitment System.

26 positions for the 2021 clinical year will be advertised from 23 July 2020.

The 2021 clinical year commences 3 February 2021 and concludes on 31 January 2022. The successful applicants will be required to submit a term preference form.

Surgical SRMO Terms

Surgical SRMO terms in the Network are 3 months in length.

Surgical Department

Facility

Number of Positions per Term

Paediatric General Surgery

Sydney Children’s Hospital

1

Paediatric ENT Surgery

Sydney Children’s Hospital

1

Vascular Surgery

Prince of Wales Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital

2

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Prince of Wales Hospital

1

ENT Surgery

St Vincent’s Hospital

1

Acute Care General Surgery

Prince of Wales Hospital

1

General Surgery

Griffith Base Hospital

1

Hand Surgery

Sydney & Sydney Eye Hospital

1

Relief

All Network Hospitals

2

Surgical Unaccredited Registrar Terms

Surgical Unaccredited Registrar terms in the Network are 6 months in length.

Surgical Department

Facility

Number of Positions per Term

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Prince of Wales Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital

2

General Surgery

Dubbo Base Hospital

1

General Surgery 

Goulburn Base Hospital

1

General Surgery

South East Regional Hospital - Bega

1
General Surgery Griffith Base Hospital 1

Trauma Surgery

St Vincent’s Hospital

1

Acute Care General Surgery

Prince of Wales Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital

2

Nights

Prince of Wales Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital

4

Relief

All Network Hospitals

2

Surgical Skills Network Management

Network Director and Site Director of Training – Prince of Wales Hospital

Dr Mark Muhlmann is a colorectal and general surgeon with more than 10 years of consultant experience. He is a Visiting Medical Officer at the Prince of Wales Public Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Women in Randwick and also practises at the Prince of Wales Private and Double Bay Day Hospitals. He has an interest in all aspects of colorectal surgery specialising in minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic procedures. He has been the Surgical Site Director of Surgical Education at Prince of Wales Hospital since 2013 and is currently the Network Director of the Eastern and Greater Southern Surgical Skills Network. In his spare time he likes to run marathons, learn Mandarin and teach his children Beatles’ songs.

Site Director of Training – St Vincent’s Hospital

Dr David Evans is a Vascular Surgeon at St Vincent’s Sydney. His main interests are Vascular, Endovascular and Transplant Surgery. He is actively interested in the ongoing education of doctors during surgical training.

Site Director of Training – Griffith Base Hospital

Dr S.C Kate FitzGerald moved from Ireland to Scotland to complete her higher surgical training and started as a consultant in breast oncoplastic surgery in 2013. With her family in tow, Dr FitzGerald moved to Griffith from Scotland in 2018 where she continues to do oncoplastic breast surgery with a wide ranging general surgical practice due to her regional location. Dr FitzGerald is a keen teacher, EMST instructor and has always been involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. She enjoys seeing trainees gain knowledge and ability as they progress. Her priority is to ensure junior doctors coming through Griffith receive a consistently high level of surgical education both clinically and theoretically. As a smaller surgical unit, Griffith Base Hospital offers a close working and teaching relationship between the trainees and consultants.

Site Director of Training – Sydney Children’s Hospital

Dr Guy Henry is a specialist Paediatric Surgeon who has been practicing in Sydney for over 22 years. He is based at Sydney Children's Hospital in Randwick. His surgical interests include general paediatric surgery (including circumcision), hypospadias, minimally invasive surgery (keyhole surgery) for both the abdomen and chest, gastroesophageal reflux surgery, oncological surgery and antenatal consultations for foetal malformations. Dr Henry is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and is heavily involved in the activities of the college having served on the NSW State Committee for 8 years. He has recently finished after 11 years as an Examiner in Paediatric Surgery. He is presently on the Board of Paediatric Surgery, RACS. He is also a member (and President) of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Paediatric Surgeons and the Australian Medical Association. He is a keen teacher, involved with teaching junior doctors, undergraduate students as well as nursing and other staff.

Site Director of Training – Wagga Wagga Base Hospital

Dr Michael Payne is a General Surgeon and Clinical Director of Surgery at Wagga Wagga Health Service. Dr Payne completed his surgical training at St Vincent’s Hospital and has teaching commitments with University of New South Wales as a Senior Lecturer in Surgery, the University of Notre Dame and the Australian National University.

EGSSTN 2021 Recruitment Information Video

Contact

Network Director of Surgical Skills Training Network

Dr Mark Muhlmann

Acting Network Surgical Education Support Officer

Ms Tina Zhou