Visiting Scholars Program

About the Program

The Clinical Training and Evaluation Centre positions itself as a leading international teaching and professional development centre specialising in simulation based surgical and medical skills training.  The centre aims to incorporate the best ideas and leading principles in adult teaching and learning in its programs and educational practices allowing national and international dissemination of its findings. CTEC values the exchange of new ideas and thoughts which the Visiting Scholars Program promotes. Scholars across Australia and overseas are encouraged to actively participate in and contribute to the academic life and activities conducted at CTEC to facilitate this exchange.

Scholars have the opportunity to participate in a range of activities related to simulation based teaching and learning and may be involved in projects to develop and design curriculum, research and needs analysis, auditing, manual writing and communication skills.  There are opportunities to teach surgical skills to medical students and junior doctors in CTEC’s cadaver-based and simulator based workshops for suitably qualified Scholars. Scholars will also be supervised in research  complementing existing research and other scholarly-based activity within CTEC depending on the length of the visit.
The Visiting Scholar will be welcome to participate in CTEC’s seminars and events and there may also be opportunities to attend clinical immersive activities.

Scholar Expectations and Contributions

Visiting Scholars will be expected to make contributions to academic life at CTEC by:

  • Participating in teaching, learning and research activities at CTEC
  • Acknowledging CTEC and UWA in publications arising from the Scholars Program
  • Make a presentation at the completion of the period to the Director
  • Provide a biography and photograph to appear on the CTEC website to promote the program and generate potential media interest
  • Prepare a 500 word report about their visit at CTEC and submit to the Director at the end of the visiting period
  • Arrange appropriate visa and entry requirements, medical and other insurances.

Selection Criteria

Visiting Scholars are selected competitively on the basis of the applicant’s qualifications, the quality of their research proposal and the relevance to the CTEC’s work.  


Scholars can visit for a minimum of one month, but generally visits of up to three month are more likely to be accommodated. Longer visits may be accommodated depending on the nature of the joint projects which might be engaged.


Visiting Scholars will have access to shared office space and shared computing facilities including internet access, printing, local telephone and borrowing facilities from the library.


“During my 3 month visit to CTEC as a Visiting Scholar, I participated as a teaching assistant on workshops for junior doctors and Proceduralist GPs.  I have a passion for teaching and hope to become an Academic Surgeon in Spain.  My time at CTEC has provided me with broad experience about surgical education and the opportunity to attend several workshops and conferences was invaluable.”
Dr Marc Vallve-Bernal (Senior General and Gastrointestinal Surgery Trainee, Hospital Universitario Nuestra Senora de Candelaria, SPAIN)


Application Process

Interested applicants can submit their application at any time to the CTEC Director at least three months before the intended visit and include:

  • Completed CTEC Visiting Scholar Application Form
  • Brief resume including details of academic employment, teaching experience, qualifications and publications
  • Research proposal (max 750 words, if available)

Further Information

Meagan Connor


T +61 (0)8 6488 8044

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