Fellowship of RANZCOG training and assessments

Learn more about the Fellowship of RANZCOG training and assessments, including completion requirements and links to relevant forms and resources.

Course content

The Training Program Handbooks and Curriculum document below provide more information on the FRANZCOG training program administration and curriculum.

Please note that the website links within these documents are currently being updated. If you need further information on a particular topic, please use the ‘Search’ button in the top right corner of this screen, or contact us at: training@ranzcog.edu.au.

HANDBOOKS AND CURRICULUM

Fellowship of RANZCOG Training Program Handbook (after 1st December 2013)
A complete Basic and Advanced Training resource for trainees who commenced after 1st December 2013.
Fellowship of RANZCOG Training Program Handbook (before 1st December 2013)
A complete Basic and Advanced Training resource for trainees who commenced before 1st December 2013.
Fellowship of RANZCOG Curriculum
A framework to guide the training and practice of specialist obstetricians and gynaecologists.


Formative appraisals

The three-monthly formative appraisal is a compulsory assessment of your knowledge, skills and attributes. You must complete a self-assessment of your strengths and challenges before meeting with your training supervisor to discuss your performance during the relevant training period.

To initiate a formative appraisal, please complete the relevant form and submit it to your training supervisor via My.RANZCOG.

Resources

Trainee resources

Supervisor resources

Demonstration video

Key dates

Please follow the link below for a list of key dates for submitting your prospective approval of training, formative appraisal and summative assessment documentation.


Summative assessments

The six-monthly-summative assessment is vital for providing you with structured feedback, and as an assessment tool for training supervisors. As with the formative appraisal, you must complete a self-assessment and then meet with your training supervisor to discuss performance.

Prior to this meeting, your training supervisor will collect additional feedback from consultants who you have worked with during the relevant training period.

To initiate a summative assessment, please complete the relevant form and submit it to your training supervisor via My.RANZCOG.

Resources

Trainee resources

Supervisor resources

Key dates

Please follow the link below for a list of key dates for submitting your prospective approval of training, formative appraisal and summative assessment documentation.


Online logbook

The College will provide you with an online logbook to maintain a mandatory record of your procedures, clinics and scans.

Features of the online logbook include:

predictive search for procedures

default hospital settings

automatic classification and tallying of entries

supervisor review as part of the six-monthly assessment process

To set up or access your logbook, please click ‘Login’, or go to:
https://logbook.my.ranzcog.edu.au

Procedure definitions

Primary operator

To record a logbook entry as primary operator, you must perform at least 50 per cent of the procedure.

Please note that:

you are not required to open and close

you are not required to be the primary operator for the entire procedure

there may be more than one primary operator on a case with multiple procedures

some health services may define primary operator in a different way — if this is the case, you must adhere to the RANZCOG definition for the purpose of logbook entries

For example, you may claim primary operator status if you perform a procedure on one side with your supervisor assisting, and then you assist your supervisor on the other side.

Direct supervisor

To record a logbook entry as direct supervisor, you must be the more senior trainee supervising another trainee to perform the procedure.

Please note that you must also be credentialed to perform that procedure or you must have previously completed the relevant Assessment of Procedural and Surgical Skills (APSS).

Resources

Please follow the links below for more information:


Assessment of Procedural and Surgical Skills (APSS)

The assessment of procedural and surgical skills (APSS) is an evaluation of your competence to perform obstetric and gynaecological surgical procedures.

Please follow the links below for more information on the the skills that will be assessed, including relevant deadlines.

Assessment process

Assessors

Assessments may be conducted by your training supervisor or an appropriate consultant (or by a FRANZCOG advanced trainee for assessments due at or before the end of Year 2).

Formative assessment

To maximise your exposure to consultant feedback, the College strongly encourages you to complete at least three formative assessments per skill before attempting a summative assessment.

Summative assessment

The College recommends that you attempt a summative assessment when you feel confident in being able to perform the skill with minimal input from your assessor.

Please note that you must use a separate form for each attempt.

Submission

Please submit your signed summative assessment forms via My.RANZCOG.

For detailed instructions, please refer to the following resources:

Satisfactory sign-off

When completing a summative assessment, you must achieve the following minimum ranking scores in all listed skills areas:

Vaginal surgery: intermediate (hysterectomy) — Basic Training

Score of 4 (some input required from assessor)

Vaginal surgery: Intermediate (hysterectomy) — Generalist Gynaecology ATM

Score of 7 (minimal input required from assessor)

All other assessments

Score of 7 (minimal input required from assessor)

Please do not submit a summative assessment form if you have not met these criteria.

For more information, please refer to the General Information document below.

Forms

Please ensure that you use the correct form for all APSS assessments.

Ultrasound

For satisfactory completion of an ultrasound APSS, each submission via My.RANZCOG must include all relevant components and forms, as follows:

Ultrasound A must be completed by 104 weeks

Part 1: First trimester transabdominal

Part 2: First trimester transvaginal

Part 2: Second/third trimester

Ultrasound B must be completed by 208 weeks

Part 1: First trimester assessment of bleeding +/- pain

Part 2: Fetal growth and wellbeing assessment

Part 3: Acute third trimester presentation

Part 4: Third trimester twin pregnancy assessment

Colposcopy

In November 2020, the College approved the following changes:

termination of the colposcopy In-Hospital Clinical Assessment (IHCA)

implementation of the colposcopy APSS to replace the colposcopy IHCA — effective from 1st December 2020

Please click the links below for more information:


Workshops and courses

Trainees must complete the below workshops and courses as part of the FRANZCOG training program.

Basic obstetric skills workshop

If you commenced training on or after 1st December 2016, you must complete the basic obstetric skills workshop in Year 1 of Basic Training. The course is practical and involves a number of simulation skills stations.

Skills and topics include:

intrapartum vaginal examination

induction of labour

spontaneous vaginal birth (first and second stage of labour)

fetal scalp electrode

fetal blood sampling

pudendal block

performing and repairing an episiotomy

ventouse delivery in the occipito-anterior position

vaginal outlet forceps delivery in the occipito-anterior position

third stage of labour, including manual removal of the placenta

perineal examination and recognition of third and fourth degree tears

management of post-partum haemorrhage, including Bakri balloon

The format of the workshop will determined by your training unit. For example, it may be delivered by your training site/Integrated Training Program/region, either as a stand-alone workshop or in tandem with the Foundations of Surgery Workshop.

On completing the workshop, you must submit your signed Record of Attendance at Basic Obstetric Skills Workshop via My.RANZCOG. The Record of Attendance can be found in the back of your workshop manual, which is also available for download via Acquire.

Please note that you may be eligible for an exemption from this requirement if you’ve completed an approved equivalent workshop or course within the 24 months prior to commencing the FRANZCOG training program.

Cultural competency

If you commenced training on or after 1st December 2018, you must complete cultural competency training by the end of Year 2 of Basic Training.

On completing the training, you must submit a record of attendance via My.RANZCOG.

In Australia, this involves completing online modules via Acquire on:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Health and Cultural Competency

Intercultural Competency

In Aotearoa New Zealand, this involves completing:

Application of the Hui Process and Meihana Model a course offered by Māori/Indigenous Health Institute (University of Otago)

Communication skills

All trainees must complete communication skills training by the end of Year 2 of Basic Training.

If you commenced training on or after 1st December 2019, you must complete the RANZCOG online communication training modules via Acquire, or the RANZCOG Communication Skills Workshop (CSW).

The modules and workshop both align to the curriculum and will introduce you to communication skills and concepts designed to help you during your training.

If you commenced training before 1st December 2019, you may have:

not completed the CSW (workshop) — in this case you must complete the RANZCOG online communication training modules via Acquire

previously completed the CSW (workshop) — in this case you do not have to complete the online modules via Acquire (although you may still do so if this is your preference)

You must lodge a completion certificate for the modules, or an attendance certificate for the workshop via My.RANZCOG.

For more information on workshop dates, please contact: educationprograms@ranzcog.edu.au

Fetal surveillance program

All trainees must complete a fetal surveillance workshop or program by the end of Year 1 of Basic Training, with approved options as follows:

ProgramProvider
FSEP: Fetal Surveillance Education Program
(face-to-face program)
RANZCOG
OFSEP: Online Fetal Surveillance Education Program
(online certificate)
RANZCOG
Electronic Fetal Monitoring (EFM) Master TutorIntelliLearn
Perinatal Training Programme (PTP)*K2 Medical Systems
Perinatal Training Programme (PTP) Australia*K2 Medical Systems
Advanced Fetal AssessmentKing Edward Memorial Hospital (WA Health)

*Minimum modules to be completed include: Antenatal CTG: The non-stress test; Cord blood gas; Errors and limitations in fetal monitoring; Fetal physiology; Intrapartum cardiotocography; Intrapartum intermittent auscultati.

Please note that you may be eligible for an exemption from this requirement if you’ve completed an approved equivalent workshop or course within the 24 months prior to commencing the FRANZCOG training program.

Learn more about the RANZCOG fetal surveillance programs.

Foundations of surgery workshop

All trainees must complete a RANZCOG course in basic surgical skills by the end of Year 1 of Basic Training.

The course is practical and interactive, and will cover:

principles of team surgery and theatre etiquette

handling instruments

knot tying

incision and closure

haemostasis

episiotomy

electrocautery

hysteroscopy

laparoscopy

The College will notify all Year 1 trainees of course dates and venues in Australia and New Zealand, and provide all relevant registration details and course resources.

Please note that you may be eligible for an exemption from this requirement if you’ve completed an approved equivalent workshop or course within the 12 months prior to commencing the FRANZCOG training program.

Trainees must obtain:

a theoretical certificate via Acquire

a practical certificate on completing the workshop

For more information on workshop dates, please contact:

Aotearoa New Zealand: nztraining@ranzcog.edu.au

To receive credit for completing the workshop, please submit your theoretical and practical certificates via My.RANZCOG.

Neonatal resuscitation

All trainees must complete an appropriate neonatal resuscitation training course by the end of Year 1 of Basic Training.

The College expects that you will undertake this training as part of your in-hospital program, and by completing an appropriate course as required by your training hospital.

To satisfy the neonatal resuscitation requirement, you must:

complete the Sign-Off Form below

submit the Sign-Off form and a Certificate of Completion via My.RANZCOG

Please note that you may be eligible for an exemption from this requirement if you’ve completed an approved equivalent workshop or course within the 24 months prior to commencing the FRANZCOG training program.

Ultrasound

If you commenced training on or after 1st December 2016, you must complete an approved internal or external ultrasound workshop or course by the end of Year 3 of Basic Training.

Please note that you may be eligible for an exemption from this requirement if you’ve completed an approved equivalent workshop or course within the 24 months prior to commencing the FRANZCOG training program.

Approved programs

A list of programs that currently meet the requirements of the Year 1/2 ultrasound syllabus is provided below.

Core Obstetric Ultrasound for Registrars

Location: Zedu Ultrasound Training Solutions, Melbourne, Victoria
Duration: 2 days (17.5 hours)
Workshop fee: $2,190 (AUD)
Registration: www.ultrasoundtraining.com.au

Facilitators, include: Dr Nicole Woodrow FRANZCOG DDU COGU MBioeth; Dr Suguna Ganesan FRANZCOG MMed DDU; Dr Alice Robinson FRANZCOG; Ms Suean Pascoe B. App.Sc (MRT) Grad Dip MedUS AMS Cert IV workplace training
Basic Skills in Obstetric and Gynaecology Ultrasound

Location: Kerry Packer Auditorium, RPA Hospital, Camperdown, New South Wales
Duration: 1 day (9.00 hours)
Workshop fee: $500 (AUD)
Registration: Dr Ritua Mogra-Mishra
Basicskillscourse20@hotmail.com or ritumogra@hotmail.com

Facilitators: Dr Ritu Mogra-Mishra COGU; Prof Jon Hyett FRANZCOG
Introduction to Obstetric Ultrasound: 2-day course

Location: Australian Institute of Ultrasound (AIU), Broadbeach Waters, Queensland
Duration: 2 days
Workshop fee: $2,100 (AUD)
Registration: click here

Facilitators: Dr Jackie Chua MBBS FRANZCOG DDU COGU; A/Prof Robert Cincotta MBBS FRANZCOG DDU CMFM; Angela Moffat DMU Grad Dip App Sc (Med Ultrasonography) AMS DCR (Radiography UK); Claire Arrowsmith MSc (ultrasound) Pg DMU DCR AMS Cert IV training and assessment
Introduction to Obstetric Ultrasound: 3-day course

Location: Australian Institute of Ultrasound (AIU), Broadbeach Waters, Queensland
Duration: 3 days
Workshop fee: $3,100 (AUD)
Registration: click here

Facilitators: A/Prof Robert Cincotta MBBS FRANZCOG DDU CMFM; Dr Jackie Chua MBBS FRANZCOG DDU COGU; Angela Moffat DCRR DMU Grad Dip App Sc) AMS; Jenni Sanderson B.A., Grad. Dip Ed, DMU, Grad Dip Medical Radiation (Sonography), AMS; Nancy Grexton CARDUP, ARDMS, AMS; Claire Arrowsmith MMedUS, DMU (UK), AMS; Cathy Low ARDMS AMS
O&G Ultrasound Workshop

Location: O&G Complete Women’s Health, 69 Barnard Street, North Adelaide, South Australia
Duration: 1 day
Workshop fee: $1,000 (AUD)
Registration: Dr Kate Martin, kate.martin2@sa.gov.au

Facilitators: Dr Kate Martin MBBS FRANZCOG; Dr Jane Woolcock MBBS (Hons), BMus, BSc, FRANZCOG, DDU, COGU; Dr Alice Robinson MBBS FRANZCOG DDU COGU; Dr Victoria Snowball FRANZCOG, MBBS, BMedSc, MPH&TM; Dr Amanda Poprzeczny MBBS, BMedSc (Hons), FRANZCOG, Clinical Academic; Dr Aimee Woods B.App.Sc (MedSci) MBBS FRANZCOG
Ultrasound Short Course: Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Location: Australian Institute of Healthcare Education
Duration: 2 days
Workshop fee: $1,550 (AUD)
Registration: click here
Intensive Ultrasound (U/S) Rotation

Location: Western Australia
Duration: minimum of 13 x 3-hour sessions

Facilitators: Dr Louise Farrell, Professor Jan Dickinson and Dr Peter Hugo
RANZCOG Beginners Ultrasound Workshop

Location: Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand
Duration: 2 days (16 hours)
Workshop fee: $1,150 (NZD)
Dates: Mid-February each year
Registration: NZ Regional Office
+64 4 472 4608 jkaveney@ranzcog.edu.au

Facilitator: Dr Audrey Long FRANZCOG

How to apply for program approval

If you’re an program provider seeking to gain RANZCOG approval of an ultrasound workshop or course, you must:

review the Ultrasound Course/Workshop Approval Information

complete an online Ultrasound Course/Workshop Approval Application Form

attach supporting documentation and submit your application

Additional workshops (optional)

Trainees may also choose to complete the following optional workshops:

Respectful Workplaces workshop
Gain information and strategies to support the creation of a supportive and respectful workplace.
Emotional Intelligence and Compassion workshop
Learn to activate your personal agency in high emotional labour settings for sustained wellbeing.


eLearning modules

Trainees must complete several eLearning modules (eLMs) via Acquire, including those outlined below.

Abortion

For trainees who commenced training on or after 1st December 2019

To learn more, please visit Acquire:

Clinical Education Training (CET)

The CET is presented in two parts:

Clinical Education Training 1 — mandatory for advanced trainees

Clinical Education Training 2 — mandatory for FRANZCOG training supervisors

Please follow the link below for more information:

Cultural competency

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Health and Cultural Competency (Australia only)

Intercultural Competency (Australia only)

Application of the Hui Process and Meihana Model (Aotearoa New Zealand only, via Māori/Indigenous Health Institute at Otago University)

Ultrasound

For trainees who commenced training on or after 1st December 2016*, with topics as follows:

First trimester ultrasound

Biometry

Third trimester ultrasound

To learn more, please visit Acquire:

*Trainees must complete all three ultrasound modules by the end of Year 1 of Basic Training.

Additional eLearning modules (optional)*

Trainees may also choose to complete the following eLearning modules offered by RANZCOG:

PROGRAM WEBSITES

Cervical Quality Improvement Program (C-QuIP)
For any medical professionals who perform diagnostic and/or therapeutic colposcopy.
Fetal Surveillance Education Program (FSEP)
For medical professionals seeking to improve professional understanding of fetal surveillance, with the aim of…
Nuchal Translucency (NT) Ultrasound, Education and Monitoring Program
For medical professionals wishing to gain certification in the 11–14 week scan using Fetal Medicine…
Operating with Respect eLearning module
A module developed by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), and shared with RANZCOG,…

*Please note that you can also complete FSEP as your compulsory fetal surveillance program — see the Workshops and Courses section above to learn more about this training requirement, including information on other approved programs.


In-Hospital Clinical Assessment (IHCA)

The In-Hospital Clinical Assessment (IHCA) is an evaluation of your competence to perform obstetric and gynaecological surgical procedures.

Ultrasound IHCA

In 2019, the College introduced changes to the ultrasound requirement in training, which included:

no longer accepting the Ultrasound IHCA from trainees who commenced training on or after 1st December 2016 — effective from 28th February 2021

implementation of a second ultrasound Assessment of Procedural Surgical Skills (APSS Ultrasound B) to replace the Ultrasound IHCA

For more information on the APSS Ultrasound requirements, please see the Assessment of Procedural Surgical Skills section above.

Ultrasound requirement

Training cohortAPSS
Ultrasound A
APSS
Ultrasound B
Ultrasound
IHCA
Trainees commencing
on or after 1st December 2018
RequiredRequiredNot accepted
Trainees commencing
between 1st December 2016 to 30th November 2018
RequiredRequired

(unless Ultrasound IHCA was completed prior to 28th February 2021)

No assessments accepted after 28th February 2021
Trainees commencing
prior to 1st December 2016
Not requiredNot requiredRequired*

*Please note that if you commenced training prior to 1st December 2016, you must satisfactorily complete the prescribed IHCAs with an approved assessor.

Forms

Colposcopy IHCA

In November 2020, the College approved the following changes:

termination of the colposcopy in-hospital clinical assessment (IHCA)

implementation of the colposcopy APSS to replace the colposcopy IHCA — effective from 1st December 2020

Please note that the College will not accept the colposcopy ICHA for credit if completed after 28 February 2021.

For more information on the colposcopy APSS requirements, please see the Assessment of Procedural Surgical Skills section above.


Research requirement

The research requirement is compulsory for all trainees, except for those formally recognised as undertaking the Academic Stream.

Points-based research activities

If you commenced training on or after 1st December 2017, you must meet your research requirement under the points-based research study model.

Effective from February 2022, under this model you must complete a minimum of three points of approved research study activity by the end of 52 weeks (FTE) of Advanced Time in Training (ATIT), as described in the following documents:

Approved research activities

Please follow the link below for a full list of approved research activities, including the associated points allocation for each.

Planning your research activities

Trainees are strongly encouraged to discuss with their training supervisor how they plan to carry out their research activities during their time in training — the Planned Research Activity form can be used to facilitate this discussion.

While not mandatory, it is suggested that trainees complete the discussion and have the form signed by their training supervisor no later than the end of 104 FTE weeks of time in training in the FRANZCOG Basic Training Program. 

A copy can be uploaded to My.RANZCOG (Submission of Research > Points based research study > select ‘Planned research activity form’).

Submitting your research activities

Completed research activities can be uploaded to My.RANZCOG (Additional Requirements > Points-based research study), along with required supporting documentation.

Trainees should select the activity they have completed from the Research Activity dropdown box. Each activity should be uploaded as a separate submission.

Research Toolkit module

The aims of the Research Toolkit are to equip trainees with: 

an understanding of the principles of evidence-based medicine

the ability to critically appraise the scientific literature and confidently interpret and evaluate research

the skills required to design, complete and present their research study

Please note that you can access the Research Toolkit via Acquire.

For the one point to be awarded, you must submit the Certificate of Completion via My.RANZCOG (Additional Requirements > Points-Based Research Study > RANZCOG Research Toolkit).

Research proposal and project

If you commenced training before 1st December 2017 (and you have not opted in to the points-based research model), you must submit a Research Project to the College for assessment.

A Research Project Proposal must be submitted to the College, and approved, before the Research Project can be started. The research topic must be in the health sciences.

For more information, please refer to the following documents:

Submitting your research proposal

The Research Proposal form and the Research Supervisor Endorsement form must be submitted for assessment. 

Upload the forms to My.RANZCOG (Additional Requirements > Submission of Research Proposal).

During the course of your research, if your research project changes from the original approved Research Proposal, you must submit a new Research Proposal form for assessment and approval.

Submitting your research project

The Research Project form and the  Research Supervisor Endorsement form, together with supporting documentation, must accompany the research project when it is submitted for assessment to the College. 

Upload the forms to My.RANZCOG (Additional Requirements > Completion of Research Project/Study).

Opting-in to the points-based model

If you commenced training before 1st December 2017, you have the option to opt in to the points-based research study model.

When submitting your research in My.RANZCOG, please select ‘Points-Based Research Study’ as the entry type and you will see an alert confirming that you are now opting into the points-based research study/model.

Recognition of prior research

In some circumstances, trainees who commenced training prior to 1 December 2017 may apply for recognition of prior research.

For more information, please refer to the following documents:

For this to be assessed, the Research Project Recognition of Prior Research form must be submitted.

Upload to My.RANZCOG (Additional Requirements > Completion of Research Project/Study), together with any supporting documentation.


Advanced Training Modules (ATMs)

In 2018, the College introduced Advanced Training Modules (ATMs) to:

establish minimum procedural requirements for advanced trainees

clarify expectations for trainees and training sites

consistently prepare advanced trainees for a career as a consultant

If you commenced training on or after 1st December 2014, you must complete the ATM requirement, which can be undertaken full-time or part-time at any time during Advanced Training.

The Advanced Training pathways to the Fellowship of RANZCOG (FRANZCOG), each with different ATM requirements, are outlined in the diagram below.

Please note that if you commenced training before 1 December 2014, you are not required to undertake the Advanced Training Modules.

Generalist pathway

Trainees undertaking the Generalist pathway must complete the Generalist Obstetrics ATM and Generalist Gynaecology ATM.

These ATMs may be completed concurrently over a minimum of 46 weeks, or individually over a minimum of 23 weeks per module.

Please follow the link below for more information:

Advanced Obstetrics pathway

Trainees undertaking the Advanced Obstetrics pathway must complete the Advanced Obstetrics ATM over a minimum of 92 weeks.

Please follow the link below for more information:

Academic pathway

Trainees undertaking the Academic pathway must complete the Essential Obstetrics and Gynaecology Skills ATM over a minimum of 46 weeks.

Subspecialist pathway

Trainees undertaking the Subspecialist pathway prior to Fellowship must complete one of the following options:

the Essential Obstetrics and Gynaecology Skills ATM, concurrently with a minimum of 46 weeks of satisfactorily assessed Subspecialty training, or

the Generalist Obstetrics ATM and Generalist Gynaecology ATM, concurrently over a minimum of 23 weeks, prior to commencing Subspecialist training, plus a minimum of 23 weeks of satisfactorily assessed Subspecialty training

Please follow the links below for more information:

Special-interest modules (optional)

The College also offers a suite of optional special-interest ATMs, including:

Pelvic floor disorders

Hysteroscopic and laparoscopic surgery

Sexual and reproductive health: Contraception and abortion

Colposcopy

Please follow the links below for more information:

Prospective approval

Prior to commencing Advanced Training, you must submit your ATMs for prospective approval via My.RANZCOG.

As part of the prospective approval process, the College will confirm that your training site can provide sufficient clinical experience to support your Advanced Training program.

Please note that the College will only credit ATMs that have been prospectively approved.

The process of application is as follows:

Set up

Secure a suitable ATM position (as identified by potential training sites)

Application

Submit documentation via My.RANZCOG for prospective approval of training, including the following form(s):

Please note that the Hospital Approval Form is for the Advanced Obstetrics Pathway only.

Completion and sign-off

The process of ATM completion and sign-off is as follows:

Training

Complete the ATM within the required timeframe

Completion

Complete the ATM Completion Form, including a signature from your training supervisor

Submit the form via My.RANZCOG