Mr Philip H. Fisher FRACS

President, Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, NSW, Australia

Mr Philip Fisher is President of the Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery for the years 2018 to 2020. Mr Fisher is also currently a Member of the Court of Examiners for the Fellowship Examination of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, 2011 to 2020. Mr Fisher has previously been a Member of the State Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and was Chairman 2001 to 2003.

Mr Fisher trained in Western Australia and then completed a Post Graduate Fellowship in head and neck surgery at the Royal National Nose Throat & Ear Hospital in the United Kingdom in 1991. He established a first Multidisciplinary Clinic in Fremantle Hospital Health Service in 1993 and remained Chairman of the MDT until 2013. He was Head of Department for Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Fremantle from 2000 to 2013. He has had a long interest in the selection and training of Register’s in otolaryngology head and neck surgery.

SET Selection- How to Choose the Best Candidate 

Selection into SET is probably the most important decision of the training process. Selecting the best young surgeons into our speciality, who have the ability to complete training and successfully navigate the examination is our task. If we get this wrong, then the outcome for our young colleagues can be devastating and the lost opportunities for those who miss out is a waste. I am going to discuss the evolution of the selection process to where we are today and why those changes occurred. I will the outline the proposed changes for the future explaining what we are hoping to achieve. I will finally review the outcomes of recent years to see how we are actually doing.