Medical Education - Surgical Training

Eastern & Greater Southern Surgical Skills Training Network

The Eastern & Greater Southern Surgical Skills Training Network offers a comprehensive surgical education and training program to prepare and support Surgical SRMOs, Unaccredited Registrars and PGY 1 & 2s interested in pursuing surgical careers. Through the program, trainees develop core surgical competencies for application to vocational training as part of an accredited SET position under the auspices of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

We combine a long standing tradition of excellence in patient care and surgical training in subspecialty and general surgery.

The program offers exposure to a wide range of training including workshops; skills labs; lectures; professional development and career guidance.

SET Training

Each specialty college has a different process for selecting and allocating SET trainees. For more information go to the Royal Australian College of Surgeons website.

EGSSTN Positions for 2022 Clinical Year

Advertising and recruitment for the 2022 Annual Junior Medical Officer Recruitment campaign is coordinated by the NSW Ministry of Health through the Recruitment Onboarding System.

26 positions for the 2022 clinical year will be advertised from 22 July 2021 until 12 August 2021. Interviews will be conducted on Wednesday 1 September and Thursday 2 September 2021. The cut off for amending preferences is midnight on Thursday 2 September 2021.

The 2022 clinical year commences on 7 February 2022 and concludes on 5 February 2023.

Questions regarding recruitment for 2022 Clinical Year should be directed to the Surgical ESO at

EGSSTN Information and Q&A Evening

An Information Evening was held on Wednesday 7 July 2021 from 6.00pm - 7.00pm, via Zoom. Presenters included:

Dr Mark Muhlmann, Network Director of Surgical Training

Dr David Evans, St Vincent's Hospital Site Director of Surgical Training

Ms Tina Zhou, Acting Surgical ESO

Dr Emma Ho, Surgical Registrar

Dr Matthew Smith, Surgical SRMO

Dr David Abi-Hanna, Surgical Research Society

The presentation delivered on the evening is available here.

Surgical SRMO Terms

Surgical SRMO terms in the Network are 3 months in length.

Surgical Department


Number of Positions per Term

Paediatric General Surgery

Sydney Children’s Hospital


Vascular Surgery

Prince of Wales Hospital 1

General Surgery Evenings

St Vincent’s Hospital


Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Prince of Wales Hospital


ENT Surgery

St Vincent’s Hospital


Acute Care General Surgery

Prince of Wales Hospital


General Surgery

Griffith Base Hospital


Hand Surgery

Sydney & Sydney Eye Hospital



All Prince of Wales and St Vincent’s Network Hospitals


Surgical Unaccredited Registrar Terms

Surgical Unaccredited Registrar terms in the Network are 6 months in length.

Surgical Department


Number of Positions per Term

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Prince of Wales Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital


General Surgery

Dubbo Base Hospital


General Surgery 

Goulburn Base Hospital


General Surgery

South East Regional Hospital - Bega

General Surgery Griffith Base Hospital 1

Trauma Surgery (3 months) & Acute Care General Surgery (3 months)

St Vincent’s Hospital



Nights at Prince of Wales Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital

Relief at all Prince of Wales and St Vincent’s Network Hospitals


Surgical Skills Network Management

Network Director and Site Director of Training – Prince of Wales Hospital

Dr Mark Muhlmann is a Colorectal and General Surgeon with more than 10 years of consultant experience. He is a Visiting Medical Officer at the Prince of Wales Public Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Women in Randwick and also practises at the Prince of Wales Private and Double Bay Day Hospitals. He has an interest in all aspects of colorectal surgery specialising in minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic procedures. He has been the Surgical Site Director of Surgical Education at Prince of Wales Hospital since 2013 and is currently the Network Director of the Eastern and Greater Southern Surgical Skills Network. In his spare time he likes to run marathons, learn Mandarin and teach his children Beatles’ songs.

Site Director of Training – St Vincent’s Hospital

Dr David Evans is a Vascular Surgeon at St Vincent’s Sydney. His main interests are Vascular, Endovascular and Transplant Surgery. He is actively interested in the ongoing education of doctors during surgical training.

Site Director of Training – Griffith Base Hospital

Dr S.C Kate FitzGerald moved from Ireland to Scotland to complete her higher surgical training and started as a consultant in breast oncoplastic surgery in 2013. With her family in tow, Dr FitzGerald moved to Griffith from Scotland in 2018 where she continues to do oncoplastic breast surgery with a wide ranging general surgical practice due to her regional location. Dr FitzGerald is a keen teacher, EMST instructor and has always been involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. She enjoys seeing trainees gain knowledge and ability as they progress. Her priority is to ensure junior doctors coming through Griffith receive a consistently high level of surgical education both clinically and theoretically. As a smaller surgical unit, Griffith Base Hospital offers a close working and teaching relationship between the trainees and consultants.

Site Director of Training – Sydney Children’s Hospital

Dr Guy Henry is a specialist Paediatric Surgeon who has been practicing in Sydney for over 22 years. He is based at Sydney Children's Hospital in Randwick. His surgical interests include general paediatric surgery (including circumcision), hypospadias, minimally invasive surgery (keyhole surgery) for both the abdomen and chest, gastroesophageal reflux surgery, oncological surgery and antenatal consultations for foetal malformations. Dr Henry is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and is heavily involved in the activities of the college having served on the NSW State Committee for 8 years. He has recently finished after 11 years as an Examiner in Paediatric Surgery. He is presently on the Board of Paediatric Surgery, RACS. He is also a member (and President) of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Paediatric Surgeons and the Australian Medical Association. He is a keen teacher, involved with teaching junior doctors, undergraduate students as well as nursing and other staff.

Site Director of Training – Wagga Wagga Base Hospital

Dr Anna Giles is a General Surgeon working at WWRRH and surrounding regional sites: Young, Cootamundra, Tumut. She has an interest in skin surgery, hernia, endoscopy and laparoscopic surgeries.
She also has a particular interest in teaching medical students and junior doctors and in the progression of women through the surgical training programme. 
She enjoys bike riding, swimming, watching Netflix, listening to True Crime podcasts, cooking and caring for her animals (4 siamese cats and a dog).

EGSSTN 2021 Recruitment Information Video


Network Director of Surgical Skills Training Network

Dr Mark Muhlmann

Acting Network Surgical Education Support Officer

Ms Tina Zhou