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 Curriculum and Handbook documents below provide more information on the FRANZCOG training program administration and curriculum.

Please note that the FRANZCOG Curriculum (4th edition) has been released for Year 1 trainees commencing in 2024.

To learn more about the new FRANZCOG curriculum, please watch our pre-recorded webinar:

Curricula

FRANZCOG CURRICULUM 4TH EDITION

A framework to guide the training and practice of specialist O&G trainees commencing after 1st February 2024.

FRANZCOG CURRICULUM 3RD EDITION

A framework to guide the training and practice of specialist O&G trainees who commenced before 1st February 2024.

If you have any enquiries or feedback related to the Fellowship of RANZCOG curriculum v4, please contact our dedicated Curriculum Team via curriculum@ranzcog.edu.au.

Handbooks

FRANZCOG TRAINING PROGRAM HANDBOOK

A complete Basic and Advanced Training resource for trainees.


Formative appraisals

Please click to expand the sections below for information and resources on your formative appraisal requirements.

Three-monthly formative appraisal (3MA)

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.

Trainee resources

Supervisor resources

Demonstration video

Mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise (Mini-CEX)

The Mini-CEX is a short observation of an aspect of your clinical practice by a consultant or advanced trainee, with performance ratings in seven categories, followed by interactive, meaningful and actionable feedback. Each Mini-CEX should take under 20 minutes (including approximately five minutes of feedback).

The observations may take place in various settings, including clinics, in-patients, emergency departments, labour and delivery rooms, or operating theatres, and variety is preferred. The focus of each interaction may be history-taking, physical examination, diagnosis, and management or counselling.

Current trainee requirements

Mini-CEX requirements from semester 2, 2023 onwards are outlined in the table below.

Training periodRequirement
Semester 2, 2023Year 1 trainees: Three per 26 weeks (FTE) of BTIT,
to a total of nine by the end of 104 weeks BTIT.

Year 2 trainees: No requirements.
From 2024 onwards
Year 1 and 2 trainees: Three per 26 weeks (FTE) of BTIT,
to a total of 12* by the end of 104 weeks BTIT.
BTIT: Basic Time in Training; FTE: full-time equivalent.

*Year 2 trainees who completed three Mini-CEX assessments in 2023 will be expected to complete a total of nine by the end of 104 weeks BTIT.

Specific requirements

Additional specific requirements are as follows:

Four different observers are expected to be involved over the 12 Mini-CEX assessments

More information on requirements in specific settings and categories can be found in the Instruction Manual for Trainees — see Resources section below.

Resources

Please follow the links below for more information on the Mini-CEX.

Scan or click QR code

Demonstration video

Feedback following a Mini-CEX

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

Please click the buttons below to:

Set up or access your online logbook

Explore logbook procedures and classifications

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).

Additional documents and 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:

Australian Indigenous Doctor’s Association (AIDA) Cultural Safety online program

Below are the steps to enrol and access the course:

  1. Visit the program page and scroll down to enrol
  2. Enter your email and create a password
  3. Enter the coupon code RANZCOGT2024 and press apply to make the $180 payment
  4. Return to the homepage
  5. Click on the course login link in the banner and enter your login details

Acquire Intercultural Competency online module

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:

three RANZCOG communication eLearning modules via Acquire, as follows:

Or:

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 three RANZCOG communication eLearning modules via Acquire, or the new RANZCOG Communication Skills Workshop (CSW)

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 three 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.

Comprehensive Obstetric Ultrasound Course

Location: Zedu Ultrasound Training Solutions, Melbourne, Victoria
Duration: 4 days (26 hours)
Workshop fee: $4,300 (AUD)
Registration: www.ultrasoundtraining.com.au
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)
More information and registration: Dr Ritu Mogra and Dr Jose Garcia Flores (course convenors/facilitators)
Email: RPAUltrasound2023@gmail.com or ritumogra@hotmail.com

Facilitators: Dr Ritu Mogra (COGU) and Dr Jose Garcia Flores (MBBS FRANZCOG DDU)
Introduction to Obstetric Ultrasound Course 2 days

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 Course 3 days

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:


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:

Communication

Developing communication skills

Helping patients make informed decisions

Feedback for trainees

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.
Nuchal Translucency (NT) Ultrasound, Education and Monitoring Program
For medical professionals wishing to gain certification in the 11–14 week scan using Fetal Medicine…
Fetal Surveillance Education Program (FSEP)
For medical professionals seeking to improve professional understanding of fetal surveillance, with the aim of…

*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.

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: