Apply for training

PIOA welcomes applications from prospective trainees from Pacific Island countries.

Applicants need to have completed at least 2 years clinical placement following their undergraduate medical degree.

Applicants need to be working in a surgical department when they commence training.

Applicants from PNG and Fiji need to have completed the Part 1 surgical exams prior to commencing training.

The PIOA program is a modular program held over 3 years. It is accredited as a Master of Surgery (Orthopaedics) through the National University of Samoa. The final exit examination is administered by independent Australian and New Zealand orthopaedic surgeons who have in the past been senior examiners for the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA) and the New Zealand Orthopaedic Association (NZOA).
PIOA has an application with the Fiji Medical Council for accreditation of the program, This has been with the council since 2018. It is not clear when, if at all, this will be approved. The PIOA program is not recognised in PNG. It is also not a recognised qualification in Australia or New Zealand.
PIOA is affiliated with the AOA and the NZOA and is a member organisation of the Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association (APOA). PIOA aims to provide students with practical skills in orthopaedic surgery.  Any decision on acceptance of the qualification as a specialist qualification is a matter for the regulatory authorities in each country.


Please complete the form below and please send a copy of your CV and photo by email to

Application form