Northern Surgical Skills Training Network co-ordinates education and training for Surgical Senior Resident Medical Officers (SRMO) and provides administrative support for Northern Network Surgical Education and Training (SET) Trainees.

The Surgical Skills Training Network is one of six in New South Wales (NSW) and offer training to a number of SRMOs who are preparing for entry into the accredited SET programs offered by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).  The service also provides additional skills training to all prevocational doctors, particularly those who are interested in pursuing surgical careers.

Northern Surgical Skills Training Network includes Royal North Shore, Children's Hospital Westmead, Ryde, Mona Vale, Gosford and Wyong Hospital. The network is designed to provide surgically interested Junior Medical Officers (JMOs) within these hospitals with a diverse range of surgical, critical care, and emergency medicine experiences.

To support our networks surgical education and training, our team consists of:

      • Network Director of Training (NDoT): Dr Johnny Kwei
      • Education Support Officer (ESO): Ms Catherine King
      • Site Director of Training (SDoT): Dr Rita Poon (Gosford/Wyong)
      • Head of Surgery (RNSH): Dr Michelle Mulligan
      • RNSH JMO Manager: Mrs Brianna Gerrie
      • Ryde JMO Manager: Mrs Suganthi Premachandran
      • Gosford JMO Manager: Mrs Joanne Newlands


Education and Training

Surgical Grand Rounds: This is held every Monday between 5– 6pm in the Norman Nock Lecture Rooms 1 & 2, Level 5, Kolling Building, Royal North Shore Hospital.

Trauma Radiology Meeting: This is held in the Radiology Conference Room 2, Level 2, Acute Services Building, Royal North Shore Hospital every Monday from 8am - 9am.

GSSE Preparation Course: Will be a 10 week program running every Thursday from August 2017. The two hour session would run from 6 to 8pm and facilitated by SRMOs and Trainees who have passed the GSSE. It will be located in Room 5D/E, Acute Services Building, RNSH. The first hour would be a multiple choice exam based on the RACs online bank of questions and textbook pre-reading. The second hour would be a group workshop focussing on working through the more difficult questions.

Education Program: The program includes technical workshops (i.e. Chest Drains) and non-technical workshops (i.e. Interview Skills). The technical workshops are based on the Essential Surgical Skills outlined by RACS.

Our ESO, Catherine King will send out invitations to the Northern Network Senior Resident Medical Officers (SRMO) and surgically interested Resident Medical Officers (RMO). There are limited places in these workshops so it runs on a first in, first served basis.

In 2017 we are trialling having education on Saturday morning (9am - 1pm) to allow SRMOs more of an opportunity to attend. More sessions will be added to the schedule but current dates for 2017 are:

18th March
Surgical Airway and Chest Drains

27th May
Bowel and Vascular Anastomosis

9th September
Nerve Blocks and Electrosurgery

14th October
Flaps/Grafts and Tendon Repair

All our education workshops are held at the Sydney Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre (SCSSC), Level 6, Kolling Building, Royal North Shore Hospital. SCSSC is a purpose-designed training and research facility.


Surgical Senior Resident Medical Officer Position Description

The Senior Resident Medical Officer (SRMO) provides effective surgical services to patients under supervision in a complex clinical environment at Royal North Shore, Gosford, Wyong, Ryde and Mona Vale Hospital as part of the Northern Surgical Skills Network. As a part of your employment contract you may be expected to rotate within the above hospitals.

The position will consist of 4 rotations. Surgical SRMOs within the Northern Training Network have the opportunity to undertake terms (rotations) in some of the following areas:

  • ICU
  • Plastics
  • Gosford, Wyong, Mona Vale and Ryde General Surgery
  • Gosford Surgical Nights*
  • Gosford General Surgery/Plastic Surgery
  • Trauma
  • Vascular
  • General Surgery Relief –
    • There are three trainees that cover a roster which combines the Northern Surgical Skills Network and the North Eastern Specialist Education and Training (SET) network (which includes North Shore Private Hospital, Hornsby Hospital and Lismore Hospital).
  • RNSH Surgical Nights*
  • Orthopaedics (Advertised Seperately)
    • There are five trainees that rotate over the clinical year through terms at RNSH (4) and CHW (1)

* Two trainees are allocated to these departments per term.

The Northern Network has a strong commitment to vocational training and career support. Term allocation is based on submitted preferences, training needs and future aspirations of the SRMO.

SRMOs are required to hold an eligible medical degree (MBBS)  with general registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA), have at least two years working as a medical officer and have experience in working closely with senior and junior clinicians.

Royal Australian College of Surgeons (RACS)

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is an organisation training surgeons and maintaining surgical standards in Australia and New Zealand. The College's purpose is to be the unifying force for surgery in Australia and New Zealand, with FRACS standing for excellence in surgical care.

Please follow the below link to see relevant information and the application process for your subspecialty:

RACS Exams and Skills Training Courses

Surgical Education and Training (SET) applicants are encouraged to complete courses, exams, research and post-graduate studies to improve their curriculum vitae and increase their chances of securing an interview. It is not a compulsory pre-requisite to complete any courses, research or post-graduate studies prior to applying to the SET program.  The RACS Accredited Courses are listed below. For more information, please click on the link to see more information about the courses:

Address - Allows authors to enter rich text content.  Address

Clinical Administration, Level 3 Acute Services Building, Royal North Shore Hospital,
Reserve Rd
St Leonards, NSW 2065

Finding Us: Turn left after Australia Post, and walk to the end of the hallway and through the door.

Map - Allows authors to insert HTML snippets or scripts.  Map

Open Hours - Allows authors to enter rich text content.  Open Hours

Monday to Friday

8:00am – 4:00pm

Contact Us - Allows authors to enter rich text content.  Contact Us

02 9463 1281