Associate Training Program (Advanced Procedural) (APTP)

The RANZCOG Certificate and Procedural vocational training programs equip medical practitioners to deliver high-quality women’s health services across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

Introduction

The RANZCOG Associate Training Program (Advanced Procedural) (APTP) builds on the skills developed through the basic Procedural Training Program (PTP). It’s intended for medical professionals who wish to further develop their knowledge and skills in hospital-based obstetrics and gynaecology. 

The APTP can be undertaken on its own, or in combination with the Certificate of Women’s Health and/or the Procedural Training program (PTP).

Following successful completion of the APTP, you will be qualified to manage caesarean and instrumental deliveries, conduct first-trimester transvaginal/transabdominal and third-trimester scans, repair perineal tears, and perform a range of advanced procedures, including pelvic laparotomy and hysteroscopy. 


Course content

Please refer to the Training Program Handbook and Curriculum for more information on the Advanced Procedural training program (APTP).


Training requirements

To receive the RANZCOG Associate Training Program (Adv. Procedural), you must satisfactorily complete all requirements outlined below within two years of commencement of training, or within four years if completing two or more programs simultaneously.

Logbook

Logbook requirements to be approved by your training supervisors

Record of in-training skills, training experience, clinical procedures, workplace-based assessments (WBAs) and workshop participation

Detailed instructions on how to document and submit your training documentation can be found in the following:

Workplace-based assessment (WBA)

A WBA is an evaluation of your clinical skills during a normal working day. During a patient encounter or procedure, your training mentor will assess your performance against the standards described for each criterion.

The APTP WBAs are:

Caesarean Delivery

Instrumental Delivery (Vacuum)

Instrumental Delivery (Forceps)

First Trimester Abortion or Miscarriage

First Trimester Ultrasound (Transvaginal)

First Trimester Ultrasound (Transabdominal)

Third Trimester Ultrasound

Trainees commencing AFTER 1 July 2023 are required to complete WBAs in Integrate and submit them as part of the online logbook 

Trainees commencing BEFORE 1 July 2023 are required to download the WBA forms in Integrate under “Resources” and submit them as PDFs with the logbook to Certificate and Procedural Training Programs at cptp@ranzcog.edu.au

Case syntheses

All trainees must complete five de-identified written case syntheses on a range of obstetric conditions, each assessed by both training supervisors.

Trainees commencing AFTER 1 July 2023 are required to complete case syntheses in Integrate and submit them as part of the online logbook 

Trainees commencing BEFORE 1 July 2023 are required to complete the download the case syntheses forms in Integrate under “Resources” and submit them as PDFs with the logbook to Certificate and Procedural Training Programs at: cptp@ranzcog.edu.au

Please ensure that your supervisors complete separate forms, and that you submit both assessments for each case. If a case synthesis is assessed as unsatisfactory, you must repeat it until you achieve the minimal acceptable passing standard.

Cases must be:

particularly unusual and/or problematic

based on patients under your care

relevant and valuable to your current and/or intended practice

researched to ensure that the final synthesis is representative of evidence-based best practice

Workshops

Trainees commencing AFTER 1 January 2022 are required to upload Certificates of Completion in the logbook for the following workshops:

Obstetric Anal Sphincter InjurieS (OASIS)

Basic Obstetric Skills (BOS)

Trainees commencing BEFORE 1 January 2022 are required to upload Certificates of Completion in the logbook for the following workshop:

Formative appraisals (optional)

A formative appraisal is a feedback tool that provides you with constructive insights into your progress and performance.

Trainees are strongly encouraged to complete a formative appraisal with their training supervisors in the last 3–6 months of training to identify strengths and areas for further development and improvement.

Timing of the appraisal should enable you to plan the remainder of your training time and use the feedback to guide and facilitate your preparation for the final summative assessment (see below).

Formative Appraisal Forms can be downloaded in Integrate under “Resources”

Summative assessments

A summative assessment is completed by your training supervisors to assess your performance against standard domains and criteria to verify your ability to practice obstetrics independently. The assessment should be undertaken during your last months of the APTP.

Trainees commencing AFTER 1 July 2023 are required to complete summative assessments in Integrate and submit them as part of the online logbook 

Trainees commencing BEFORE 1 July 2023 are required are required to download the Summative Assessment form in Integrate under “Resources” and submit it as a PDF with the logbook to Certificate and Procedural Training Programs at: cptp@ranzcog.edu.au

Examination

Please visit Certificate and Associate Procedural examinations for information and resources relating to the examination, including registration open and closing dates

Trainee feedback questionnaire

This is a confidential, compulsory questionnaire that you submit to the College at the completion of the Associate Training Program (Advanced Procedural) — it’s not for assessment purposes.

The questionnaire assesses the training hospitals, rather than individuals within hospitals, so that future training can be modified and improved. The questionnaire asks you to rate and comment on various aspects of your training, including the standard of supervision and clinical experience.

Trainees may submit the questionnaire anonymously, if preferred

Questionnaire responses are collated by the Conjoint Committee for Associate Procedural Training (CCAPT)

The PTP/APTP Feedback Questionnaire is available to download in Integrate under “Resources”

Learning development plan

A learning development plan is used if the formative and/or summative assessments identify significant concerns about your performance and progress.

Trainees can develop a learning development plan in consultation with their training supervisors to allow for regular review and assessment of progress

The Learning Development Plan is available to download in Integrate under “Resources”


Modules

The four online modules provide access to a range of dynamic resources and learning tasks. Each module is mapped to the curriculum, with clearly stated learning outcomes.

Trainees can access and complete the modules in any order, and at their own pace, via the RANZCOG e-learning system, Acquire.

The subject areas for each module are as follows:

APTP1: Advanced obstetrics

Caesarean delivery

Vacuum and forceps delivery

Repair of perineal tears

APTP2: Advanced gynaecology

Basic pelvic laparotomy

Hysteroscopy

Miscarriage

Termination

APTP3: Ultrasound

Basic pelvic laparotomy

Hysteroscopy

Miscarriage

Termination

APTP4: Postnatal and neonatal care*

*For trainees commencing from 1 January 2022.

Examination of a neonate

Management of a sick neonate

Grief counselling


Fees

Please note that the training and examination fees are payable in Australian dollars (AUD), and are not subject to Australian GST.

The College will send you instructions for payment via email.

Training
Fee
$AUD
Frequency
Certificate and Associate (Procedural) training— one program (CWH, PTP or APTP)
$1,698
One-time course fee
Certificate and Associate (Procedural) training — two programs (CWH + PTP or PTP + APTP)
$3,396
One-time course fee
Certificate and Associate (Procedural) training— three programs (CWH + PTP + APTP)
$5,094
One-time course fee
Examinations
Fee
$AUD
Frequency
APTP Oral Examination
$3,203
Payable when registration confirmed


Certification

To apply for your RANZCOG Associate Training Program (Adv. Procedural), you must:

1

Satisfactorily complete all training and assessment requirements (including all basic PTP requirements).

2

Complete the following form:


Procedural skills grants

The General Practitioner Procedural Training Support Program (GPPTSP) aims to help overcome workforce shortages and increase the availability of obstetrics and anaesthetic services in rural and remote areas.

The GPPTSP is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and provides up to $40,000 to eligible GPs in rural and remote areas to gain either the APTP, or a statement of satisfactory completion of Advanced Rural Skills Training in Anaesthesia.

The obstetrics component of the program is managed by RANZCOG and the anaesthetics component is managed by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).

General Practitioner Procedural Training Support Program



Training sites

For more information on RANZCOG training hospitals, including a full list of accredited sites in each state, please follow the link below to our Training Sites and Units page.


Training supervisors

If you’re a current or prospective training mentor or supervisor looking for information or support, please follow the link below to our Training Supervisors page.


Support

Member wellbeing

A range of member wellbeing services are available to trainees experiencing professional or personal difficulty during training. The College encourages you to access these supports in times of stress, anxiety or poor health.

For more information, please click to expand the sections below, or follow the link to our Member Wellbeing page.

Training committees

Please explore the links below to learn more about the committees with oversight and responsibility relating to the Associate Training Program (Advanced Procedural).


Policies and procedures

The below policies are relevant to the RANZCOG Associate Training Program (Advanced Procedural) and may be of interest.

RELEVANT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES


Contact

For more information, please contact Certificate and Procedural Training Programs at: cptp@ranzcog.edu.au

Other useful contacts include:

Assessment services: assessment@ranzcog.edu.au



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