Training Program

The ACPS Training Program has a three-part structure, which takes a minimum of three years of full-time equivalent work to complete (although much of the assessment is competency-based, and so is not necessarily related to a fixed time period). Full-time equivalent is defined as a minimum of 38 hours a week for 48 weeks of a year.

The objectives of the ACPS training Program are to:

  • Produce a competent practitioner of foot and ankle surgery, whilst maintaining the interests of public health and safety;
  • Foster the development of analytical and research skills to encourage contribution to existing literature in respect to medical and surgical therapeutics of the foot and ankle;
  • Promote the acquisition of a range of communication skills to enhance the members ability to disseminate knowledge and information;
  • Ensure the promotion of qualities necessary for the well-being of the patient, the surgeon and the profession; and
  • To meet the community and work force “needs” for Fellows of the ACPS in contemporary Australian Health Care.

These objectives will be achieved through the integration of university-based post-graduate theory and research studies, as well as supervised practical foot and ankle surgical Training Program undertaken by candidates seeking Fellowship of the ACPS.

The ACPS Training Program uses a variety of teaching methods that have both practical and theoretical components. These include (but are not limited to) the following activities and practices:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials;
  • Case studies;
  • Skills development courses;
  • Clinical rotations;
  • International Preceptorship Training (UK and North America);
  • Peer review activities;
  • Progressive development of preoperative, perioperative and postoperative skills;
  • Mentoring; and
  • Publication of original research.

Throughout the ACPS Training Program, Registrars are assessed on clinical knowledge, clinical skills and professionalism.

There are two separate processes of assessment within the ACPS Training Program. These are:

  • Progressive Assessments; and
  • Clinical and theoretical examination.

For further detailed information on the Training Program, please refer to the Fellowship Training Handbook.


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