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The final year of the SET Programme in Urology is SET6. This is an accredited clinical year of training (and has been since the introduction of the SET Programme). All SET Urology trainees must undertake SET6 in an accredited post within Australia or New Zealand. This is to ensure that all trainees complete their training with mastery of general urology and some sub-specialisation. It also allows for better monitoring of posts. At the completion of the Fellowship exam and SET6, the FRACS will be awarded and training is deemed complete. Beyond that, entrance into Australian or New Zealand Consultant practice or further time overseas can be undertaken.
The Board of Urology has identified and accredited a significant number of SET6 posts and the details of these are provided below. Trainees are required to source their own position to suit their individual needs and wishes. The benefits of travel to a different Section to experience a different structure of health care delivery are substantial, and moving out of section for this year is actively encouraged. Trainees may remain in section for SET6, however they cannot occupy a SET6 post in a hospital where they have spent a year of core training (SET3-SET5).
To access the list of accredited SET6 posts, click here
The primary role of SET6 is to complete clinical training. Each suitable post must provide exposure to a breadth of general urology, with an element of a sub-specialty. This can enable a trainee to sample any area of possible sub-specialty interest, helping them decide if they want it to become a focus of their Consultant practice.
The post must have adequate supervision, but it is beneficial if it also provides opportunity for the trainee to demonstrate some autonomy and responsibility and to practice independently, within their capability. The post must provide at least 20% of independent decision making/unsupervised operative surgery. This will enable the trainee to begin independent style practice, make some management decisions, and initiate and follow through some treatment plans.
To comply with these requirements, the following must be fulfilled;
Trainees must obtain prospective approval of their SET6 post from their respective TA&E Chairperson. In considering SET6 applications, the TA&E Chairperson assesses whether the nominated post will provide the particular trainee with the required general urology exposure to complement their training. As such, a SET6 post may be appropriate for one trainee but not for another. Passing the fellowship examination does not mean that all trainees have attained an equal level of clinical skill. Factors considered will include experience gained during SET3-SET5 and any competency areas that may require further development/ exposure during SET6.
During the Senior Registrar year, trainees must:
A recommendation to Fellowship will only be forthcoming when all of the Senior Registrar Year requirements have been completed and submitted. In summary, these include;
The CPD record and post assessments reports must be returned directly to the Education and Training Manager at the USANZ Office.