The neurosurgical training curriculum in Australia and New Zealand is changing. Why?

Michael Kerin Morgan*, Rufus M. Clarke, Patricia M A Lyon, Michael Weidmann, Andrew Law, John Laidlaw, Stacie Gull

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The Neurosurgical Advanced Training curriculum of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is currently undergoing change. Given the high standard of neurosurgery in Australia and New Zealand, it may be questioned why such change is necessary. However, the curriculum has not kept pace with developments in professional practice, educational practice or educational theory, particularly in the assessment of medical competence and performance. The curriculum must also adapt to the changing training environment, particularly the effects of reduced working hours, reducing caseloads due to shorter inpatient hospital stays and restricted access to public hospital beds and operating theatres, and the effects of subspecialisation. A formal review of the curriculum is timely.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-118
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Assessment
  • Curriculum
  • Evaluation
  • Medical education
  • Neurosurgery
  • Postgraduate


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