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The Prevocational Pathway (PVP)

The Prevocational Pathway (PVP) provides structured learning opportunities to prevocational doctors interested in a career in obstetrics and gynaecology. The pathway focuses on establishing foundation level knowledge and skills relevant to the practice of obstetrics and gynaecology with a focus on preparation for the entry to FRANZCOG training program.

The PVP provides:
  • Core knowledge and skills for trainees before they commence specialist training in O&G
  • Ongoing professional development for candidates who are in a transition period while seeking entry to the FRANZCOG Training Program
  • A defined educational framework that prepares prevocational doctors for specialist O&G training
  • Specific training in practical skills workshops relevant for the FRANZCOG Training Program
  • Five (5) points under the Professional category in the CV application scoring process for the RANZCOG Trainee Selection Process.


Entry Requirements


In order to apply for the PVP, doctors must have completed and maintained certification of:

Australian participants

Doctors who have completed the CWH as part of the DRANZCOG and/or DRANZCOG Advanced training programs are eligible to complete the PVP.

New Zealand participants
 
  • NZ University of Auckland Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences in Women's Health (PGCertHSc), or
  • NZ University of Otago Postgraduate Certificate in Women's Health (PGCertWHlth), or
  • Successful completion of or registration* into (evidence required) the NZ University of Auckland Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology (PGDipOMG) or
  • Successful completion of or registration* into (evidence required) the NZ University of Otago Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology (PGDipOMG) 
*Awarding of PVP is contingent on satisfactory completion of the PGDipOMG.    
 
 

CWH/Diploma Training Programs: timeline for processing logbooks

The RANZCOG Regional Office will confirm they have received your logbook and forward it for signing by the State Chair. As State Chairs sign off logbooks in their spare time, it can take up to six weeks to sign off your training documentation.
 
Once signed, the RANZCOG Regional Office will send your logbook to College House for processing. Logbooks are processed in the order that they are received. To ensure that logbooks are processed within two weeks of being received, please do not email or phone College House to enquire about the status of your logbook as this slows logbook processing times.
 
Once your training documentation is processed, CWH/Diploma Training Programs will email you about posting your logbook back for safe-keeping. You will be asked to scan and email a completed Application for Enrolment on the Register form. Once CWH/Training Programs receives this completed form, you can then request a Letter of Participation, which confirms you have met the clinical and assessment requirements and you are awaiting formal ratification. Please upload the Letter of Participation when you apply to the PVP (see How to Apply above).
 

PVP Content

The Prevocational Pathway consists of eight online modules each with a short online assessment. The assessment must be completed with an 80% level of achievement. Repeat attempts of each assessment component will be possible.


Online Modules:

  • Anatomy
  • Maternal physiology in pregnancy
  • Placental physiology
  • Neonatal physiology
  • Physiological responses to surgery
  • Long-acting reversible contraception
  • Intercultural learning
  • Abortion


Workshops:

In addition to the online modules, candidates are required to complete four workshops. Candidates are responsible for making their own arrangements to complete these courses and for all associated costs.

The four workshops cover the topics of:
  • Fetal Surveillance
  • Basic Life Support
  • Neonatal Resuscitation
  • Basic Obstetrics Skills Workshop

Candidates must provide certified copies of certificates of completion for each workshop. Evidence of completion will be accepted if the course was completed within 24 months before the completion of the PVP.
 

How to Apply

Already a RANZCOG member? Apply for the PVP here.
Not a RANZCOG member? Apply for the PVP here.

For more information about the PVP, please see the PVP Application Guidelines.

Fees

Visit Fees and view Training Fees for the current fee associated with completing the Prevocational Pathway online component, and Workshop Fees for any workshop component with an associated fee.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long does it take to sign off a logbook?

A: Logbooks can take up to six weeks to be signed off by your State Chair and a further two weeks to be processed at College House in Melbourne. We urge you to send your completed logbooks to your State Chair as soon as possible to allow enough time to apply for and complete the PVP before the FRANZCOG National Selection closing date.
 

Q: Am I eligible to apply to the PVP if I have completed my Certificate of Women’s Health (CWH) Written Exam and logbook but I have not gone through the RANZCOG Board for ratification?

A: Yes. On the proviso that you have passed the CWH Written Exam and your logbook has been signed off by the State Chair and assessed at College House as satisfactory. Once you have submitted your application for enrolment to the Register of Certificants you may request a Letter of Participation as proof that you have successfully completed all of the assessment and procedural requirements. You should upload the Letter of Participation to your PVP application.

 

Q: I have a 10 or 11 week O&G rotation at an accredited Training site, is that enough time to complete all of the CWH logbook requirements?

A: Whilst there is no minimum period of training for the CWH, it is generally expected that trainees complete a minimum of three (3) months of prospectively approved hospital or practice-based training.  All training and assessment requirements must be completed within two (2) years of commencement of training, irrespective of whether training is part-time or full-time. It is up to trainees how they choose to structure their training; however, there is a generous allowable training timeframe of two years from commencement of training to complete all the procedural and assessment requirements.

 
Q: I am completing the DRANZCOG Inc. CWH or DRANZCOG/DRANZCOG Advanced which includes the CWH Training program and I have only a few procedures left in my DRANZCOG and/or DRANZCOG Advanced logbook/s before I complete all the requirements. I have also passed all of my exams. Can I still apply?

A: The College encourages you to complete all the requirements in your logbook/s before applying for the PVP as currently each application for enrolment on the Register incurs a  cost of $265*.

Once your logbook has been signed off by your State Chair and assessed at College House as satisfactory, you may upload a Letter of Participation as proof that you have successfully completed all of the assessment and procedural requirements and you have applied for enrolment on the Register.

* For example: If you finalise your CWH Only qualification and then complete and finalise your DRANZCOG logbook shortly thereafter, you are then required to pay $265 twice, for each separate enrolment to the Register application (Certificant then Diplomate). 
 
Q: Am I able to obtain the PVP Certificate of Completion before finalising the PGDipOMG?

A: No. In addition to completion of PVP requirements, NZ participants undertaking the PGDipOMG must provide evidence of a satisfactory completion prior to being issued with a PVP Certificate.

Q: I am completing the DRANZCOG Inc. CWH or DRANZCOG/DRANZCOG Advanced which includes the CWH Training program. Am I eligible to apply for the PVP?

A: Yes, on the proviso that you have completed all the CWH requirements* of the DRANZCOG Inc. CWH logbook, then you are eligible to apply as long as you have passed either the CWH or DRANZCOG Written Exam and your logbook has been signed off by the State Chair and assessed at College House as satisfactory.

You may upload your Letter of Participation as proof that you have successfully completed all of the assessment and procedural requirements of the CWH and have submitted your application for enrolment on the Register of Certificants. The CWH is the minimum requirement to be eligible for PVP. 


*CWH-specific training and assessment requirements: As specified on Page 16 of the CWH, DRANZCOG and DRANZCOG Advanced Training Handbook which provides a comprehensive overview of the training programs (including consultation numbers), syllabus etc.

Trainees must consult the relevant regulations detailed in the CWH, DRANZCOG & DRANZCOG Advanced Handbook to ensure they are eligible for certification.

 
Q: I am currently completing the DRANZCOG Inc. CWH. I haven’t completed any of the exams or the logbook. Can I still apply to the PVP?

A: No. You will need to pass either the CWH or DRANZCOG written exam and have completed the DRANZCOG logbook (signed off by the State Chair) before applying to the PVP. You can decide to sit the CWH written exam only and complete the logbook. However, if you continue with the DRANZCOG then you will need to sit the DRANZCOG written exam.

Please be aware that finalising your CWH Only qualification by submitting your enrolment to the Register of Certificants application will incur a cost of $265. You are required to pay this amount each time you finalise a qualification.
 
Q: I intend to start the CWH or DRANZCOG Inc. CWH in the next few months. Can I do the PVP at the same time?

A: No. You need to have completed the CWH (passed the CWH Written Exam and completed the logbook with sign-off by the State Chair and satisfactory approval from College House) and have received your Letter of Participation confirming you have met all of the assessment and procedural requirements of the CWH before you can apply to the PVP.

Q: Am I able to obtain the PVP Certificate of Completion before finalising the PGDipOMG?

A: No. In addition to completion of PVP requirements, NZ participants undertaking the PGDipOMG must provide evidence of a satisfactory completion prior to being issued with a PVP Certificate.


 

 


 

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