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Advanced Training


The third level of the Training Program is Advanced Training where the trainee should be functioning with full emergency competence, operating as primary surgeon in core neurosurgical procedures and acquiring the foundation for subspecialist practice.


Advanced Training must be completed in a minimum of one training year from completion of Intermediate Training and a maximum of three training years.  Trainees who complete three years of Advanced Training without successful completion of all training requirements will be dismissed.

Training Requirements

The training requirements which must be satisfactorily completed during Advanced Neurosurgical Training are summarised below with further details available in the Regulations:

  • Quarterly Professional Performance Assessments
  • The Fellowship Examination
  • A minimum of 200 major neurosurgical procedures during Advanced Training of which a minimum of 100 must be as primary surgeon
  • A minimum of 50 major paediatric neurosurgical cases which can include those completed during Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Training
  • Participation in a minimum of 80 major neurosurgical procedures for each six months or pro rata equivalent for trainees on approved flexible training
  • Trainees must be assessed by one Assessor as having satisfied any five of the Type 3 DOPS procedures at the conclusion of Advanced Training (including those submitted during Basic and Intermediate Training)

Trainees must remain in their allocated accredited training positions at all times during Advanced Training.


Download the Training Program Regulations here 

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