Technical competence in surgeons


  • C. Faurie BSc; M. Khadra MBBS, PhD.


Ms Clare Faurie, Nepean Clinical School, The University of Sydney, PO Box 63, Penrith, NSW 2750, Australia. Email:


In this paper, we review the literature to date on technical competence in surgeons; how it can be defined, taught to trainees and assessed. We also examine how we can predict which candidates for surgical training will most likely develop technical competence. While technical competency is just one aspect of what makes a good surgeon, we have recognized a need to review the literature in this area and to combine this with broader definitions of competency. Our review found that several methods are available to objectively measure, assess and predict technical competence and should be used in surgical training.