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COVID-19: Subspecialty Training Programs FAQs
 

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1 May 2020
Subspecialty 3- & 6-Monthly appraisals & assessments

 

During this unprecedented time of instability and uncertainty it is a priority of RANZCOG to ensure that trainees, supervisors, and training sites are supported to ensure they can deliver the highest quality of care to the women, babies, and families of Australia and New Zealand.

Trainees have been reassured that a six-month extension has been granted to training requirements.  To ensure that trainee performance is monitored and ongoing learning supported, arrangements have been put in place to provide relief from stresses and workload related to completion of appraisals and assessments, while still maintaining trainee records and application of credited training time where appropriate.
 

Three-Monthly Formative Appraisals

 

The College encourages trainees and supervisors to complete the Three-Monthly Formative Appraisal as normal wherever possible.

Exemptions will be available upon request, providing support by the training supervisor and subsuqent approval by the relevant subspecialty chair. Endorsement by the Training Supervisor is intended to ensure that any trainee with specific needs prior to the Six-Monthly Summative Assessment is provided with guidance at the time the exemption is granted.

Please refer to the Subspecialty Training FAQs for further information.

 

Six-Monthly Summative Assessments


The College encourages trainees and supervisors to complete the Six-Monthly Summative Assessment as normal wherever possible.

For training to be credited there will still be a requirement for trainees to complete a Six-Monthly Summative Assessment for each period of prospectively approved training in the 2020 training year i.e. one Six-Monthly Summative Assessment per semester of training.

Deferral of submission is available on request up to a maximum of six months, providing support by the training supervisor and subsequent approval by the relevant subspecialty chair.

It is strongly recommended that trainees complete the Six-Monthly Summative Assessment according to normal deadlines and deferral only occurs in situations of extreme service pressures or disruptions.

A Six-Monthly Summative Assessment can be completed with no Three-Monthly Formative Appraisal during these exceptional circumstances (if the exemption process has been adhered to).

Credit of training can only be applied at the time of an approved satisfactory Six-Monthly Summative Assessment.

Please refer to the Subspecialty Training FAQs for further information.
Update - 1 May 2020
 

 

Frequently Asked Questions  
Training content and rotations As at 1 May 2020
Three-Monthly Formative Appraisals As at 1 May 2020
Six-Monthly Summative Assessments As at 1 May 2020
Selection As at 31 March 2020


 

Training content and rotations

 

Will my current training period be credit?

All trainees in prospectively approved training positions are considered to be training and, subject to satisfactory assessment and the usual conditions, will be able to be credited for this period.
As at 1 May 2020

The content of my training this semester has been altered due to the current environment.

RANZCOG acknowledges that the content of training may be altered by the current training environment. For example, many sites may see a reduction in elective surgical training; however, there is an expectation that training in emergency gynaecology and obstetrics will continue.

Please contact the individual training programs for more information:
As at May 2020

Do I still need to do a Prospective Approval (PA) of training form?

Prospective Approval (PA) of all training remains required in accordance with published deadlines.
  • Changed rotations - For trainees who have submitted and had approved a PA for 2020 and that rotation has since changed, a new PA is be required.
  • Previously approved PAs – These remain unchanged. Continue as normal.
As at 1 May 2020

 

Three-Monthly Formative Appraisals 


Do I have to do a Three-Monthly Formative Appraisal this semester?

The College encourages trainees and supervisors to complete the Three-Monthly Formative Appraisal as normal wherever possible.
As at 1 May 2020

​How do I progress my Three-Monthly Formative Appraisal this semester?

The College encourages trainees and supervisors to complete the Three-Monthly Formative Appraisal as normal via the paper-based process.
As at 1 May 2020

What if I can’t complete my Three-Monthly Formative Appraisal?

Exemptions will be available upon request, providing support by the training supervisor and subsequent approval by the subspecialty chair.

To be considered for an exemption, please email the request for approval by the relevant subspecialty chair.

An email request may come from:
 
  • the training supervisor or another approved training supervisor; or,
  • the trainee (must include attached support from a training supervisor).
As at 1 May 2020

 

Six-Monthly Summative Assessments  


Do I have to do a Six-Monthly Summative Assessment this semester?

The College encourages trainees and supervisors to complete the Six-Monthly Summative Assessment as normal wherever possible.

It is strongly recommended that trainees complete the Six-Monthly Summative Assessment according to normal deadlines and deferral only considered in situations of extreme service pressures or disruptions.

A Six-Monthly Summative Assessment can be completed with no Three-Monthly Formative Appraisal during these exceptional circumstances (if the exemption process has been adhered to).

Credit of training can only be applied at the time of an approved satisfactory Six-Monthly Summative Assessment.
As at 1 May 2020

How do I progress my Six-Monthly Summative Assessment this semester?

The College encourages trainees and supervisors to complete the Six-Monthly Summative as normal via the paper-based process.
As at 1 May 2020

What if I can’t complete my Six-Monthly Summative Assessment by the deadline?

It is strongly recommended that trainees complete the Six-Monthly Summative Assessment according to normal deadlines and deferral only occurs in situations of extreme service pressures or disruptions.

Deferral of submission is available on request up to a maximum of six months, providing support by the training supervisor and subsequent approval by the relevant subspecialty chair.

To be considered for a deferral, please email the request for approval by the relevant subspecialty chair.

An email request may come from:
 
  • the training supervisor or another approved training supervisor; or,
  • the trainee (must include attached support from a training supervisor).
As at 1 May 2020

 

Selection


Is the 2020 selection process going ahead?

Yes, selection in New Zealand and Australia will go ahead. Adjustments will be required and are currently being discussed. Updates will be communicated to you as soon as available.
As at 31/03/2020

How will I attend my Selection Interview?

All interviews will be conducted using online teleconferencing platform Zoom. Prior to attending your interview, the subspecialty team will schedule a test meeting with all applicants.
As at 31/03/2020


 

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