Fellowship of RANZCOG

The Fellowship of RANZCOG equips future specialists with the knowledge, skills and professional qualities to meet the healthcare needs of women in two countries with culturally diverse populations.

Not a current trainee?

If you’re interested in applying for the Fellowship of RANZCOG, please visit our Prospective Trainees page.

Introduction

The FRANZCOG training program involves 276 weeks (six years) of hospital-based training and assessment. Training is divided into two components: 184 weeks (four years) of Basic Training, followed by an additional 92 weeks (two years) of Advanced Training.

For more information about completion requirements, including links to relevant forms and resources, please visit our Fellowship of RANZCOG Training and Assessments page.


Training overview

The FRANZCOG training program involves Basic Training, followed by Advanced Training, as outlined below.

To view your credited time in training, please visit the Time Summary page via My.RANZCOG.

Basic Training

Basic Training (184 weeks) includes:

rotation through two or more different hospitals, with at least:

46 weeks in a tertiary hospital

23 weeks in a rural hospital

46 weeks in a non-base hospital (can include rural rotation)

logged clinical work in obstetrics and gynaecology resulting in attainment of prescribed competency levels in specified procedures

utilisation of resources through the RANZCOG e-learning platform

formative and summative assessments, including three-monthly appraisals and six-monthly assessment reports

experience in gynaecological oncology

Advanced Training

Advanced Training (92 weeks) involves completion of relevant Advanced Training Modules (ATMs), and a focus on:

extending your expertise in obstetrics and/or gynaecology

developing your research expertise

developing your experience in areas of special interest

Time in training

The College will credit you with ‘time in training’ after each satisfactory six-month semester. This is an aggregate of all time, calculated in weeks, in the Fellowship of RANZCOG training program.

For full-time trainees, time in training is capped at a maximum of 46 weeks credit for the full FRANZCOG training year

Time in training includes annual leave, but not extended leave or research leave. Part-time training time contributes on a pro rata basis, but must not be less than half of the full-time equivalent (0.5 FTE).

Basic Time in Training

Trainees must complete the four years (184 weeks) of Basic Training within six years. The College dates Basic Time In Training (BTIT) from the commencement of your Basic Training period.

Advanced Time in Training

Trainees must complete the two years (92 weeks) of Advanced Training within three years. The College dates Advanced Time In Training (ATIT) from the commencement of your Advanced Training period.


Integrated Training Programs

The College will allocate you to an Integrated Training Program (ITP) for the duration of your Basic Training. An ITP is group of RANZCOG-accredited hospitals that usually includes at least one tertiary hospital and one rural hospital.

During Basic Training, you will spend a significant proportion of your training time at a single home/base hospital, while rotating to other hospitals within your ITP.

Across 184 weeks (four years), your ITP will provide you with access to:

rotation through two or more different hospitals, with at least:

46 weeks in a tertiary hospital

23 weeks in a rural hospital

46 weeks in a non-base hospital (can include rural rotation)

an ITP Coordinator with responsibility for coordinating your Basic Training

an in-hospital education program specifically designed for FRANZCOG trainees

an appropriate level of clinical experience to support your Basic Training

Rural training

During your compulsory rural rotation, you will gain exposure to opportunities that may not be available at a tertiary hospital, including:

an understanding of the distinctive issues facing rural hospitals, such as patient transfers and proximity to subspecialists and tertiary facilities

enhanced confidence and competence in core operative skills

increased independence in the skills needed for Advanced Training

involvement in outpatient and outreach clinics

exposure to different models of patient care and follow-up care

The College will take into account the merits of the training post and model for supervision when considering your rural rotation for prospective approval.


Training sites

Training sites must be able to provide you with the necessary experience in obstetrics and gynaecology to satisfactorily meet all FRANZCOG training and assessment requirements.

A range of medical professionals within these training sites will play a crucial role in your training, including:

Integrated Training Program (ITP) coordinators

training supervisors

consultants

midwives

other medical professionals

For more information on RANZCOG-accredited training hospitals and ITPs, 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 supervisor looking for information or support, please follow the link below to our Training Supervisors page.


Planning your training program

A full-time FRANZCOG training year consists of two consecutive six-month training semesters.

Key submission dates for the 2022 training year are outlined below.

Semester 1

Monday 7th February to Sunday 7th August (2022)

RequirementSubmission deadline
Prospective approval of trainingMonday 13th December 2021
Three-monthly formative appraisal
(period ending Sunday 8th May)
Sunday 5th June 2022
Six-monthly summative assessment
(period ending Sunday 7th August)
Sunday 18th September 2022

Semester 2

Monday 8th August (2022) to Sunday 5th February (2023)

RequirementSubmission deadline
Prospective approval of trainingMonday 13th June 2022
Three-monthly formative appraisal
(period ending Sunday 6th November)
Sunday 4th December 2022
Six-monthly summative assessment
(period ending Sunday 5th February)
Sunday 19th March 2023

More information on training program deadlines can be found in the RANZCOG Regulations (see Sections B1.8/C1.8 Obtaining Prospective Approval of Training, and B3.5/C3.5 Three-Monthly Formative Appraisal and Six-Monthly Summative Assessment).

Apply for prospective approval

1

Complete and submit an Application for Prospective Approval of Training Form via My.RANZCOG

2

Read and accept the rights and responsibilities contained within the Statement of Understanding

3

Pay the full annual training fee by 31st January, prior to the start of semester 1.

Watch a video on applying for prospective approval

Submit appraisals and assessments

To initiate a formative appraisal or summative assessment cycle, you must complete the relevant form and submit it to your training supervisor via My.RANZCOG.

The process for submission and evaluation of formative appraisals and summative assessments is similar.

1

Trainee initiates and submits appraisal/assessment

2

Supervisor completes appraisal/assessment*

3

Trainee and supervisor discuss appraisal/assessment

4

Supervisor submits appraisal/assessment

5

Trainee reviews and submits appraisal/assessment

6

State/NZ office reviews appraisal/assessment and escalates to the Chair

7

State/NZ Chair reviews appraisal/assessment and approves accordingly

*Please note that for a summative assessment, your supervisor also creates and distributes consultant feedback forms prior to completing the assessment

Part-time training

The FRANZCOG training program can be undertaken on a part-time basis, subject to approval from your employing hospital and local RANZCOG Training Accreditation Committee.

Any part-time training must:

not be less than half of the full-time equivalent (0.5 FTE)

provide the same breadth of experience, teaching and supervision compared to full-time training

result in the same standard of knowledge and competence compared to full-time training

To be eligible for FRANZCOG certification, you must complete six years (276 weeks) of training, regardless of the training mode.

More information can be found in the RANZCOG Regulations (see Sections B1.10 and C1.10 on Fractional/Part-time Training).

Taking leave

Professional development leave

During each training year, you’re entitled to take two weeks (10 days) of professional development leave (which is recognised as active clinical services professional development.

To document your professional development leave, please visit Additional Requirements via My.RANZCOG.

Extended leave

Across the course of your FRANZCOG training, you’re entitled to take extended leave, as follows:

a maximum of 104 weeks (two years) — taken consecutively (as two separately approved periods of 52 weeks)

a maximum of 156 weeks — taken cumulatively

To apply for extended leave, you must have completed at least 10 weeks of satisfactorily assessed training.

Please note that you must also apply for extended leave* if you do not expect to:

complete at least 10 weeks of training during a six-month training semester

occupy a prospectively approved training position for any duration during a six-month training semester

*Unless you’re taking a period of prospectively approved research leave — please see Introduction > Academic pathway above.

All extended leave must be prospectively approved by your local Training Accreditation Committee, and taken with the knowledge and agreement of your training supervisor.

Training post transfers

Trainees must apply for prospective approval of a training post transfer prior to relocation.

As part of your application for prospective approval of training, you must:

discuss the proposed transfer with your training supervisor (and ITP Coordinator, if undertaking Basic Training) at least 8–10 weeks in advance

obtain written approval from the Chairs of both relevant Training Accreditation Committees

submit the relevant Training Transform Application Form

For transfer from one State to another, or between Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand

For transfer from one ITP to another within a State (Australia), or region (Aotearoa New Zealand)

The College does not accept retrospective applications from trainees who have already relocated to another state, region or country.

Please follow the link below for more information on the approval process for transfers between States and regions.

Training in resource-limited settings

The College recognises that training posts in countries with limited medical services can provide valuable and rewarding experiences for trainees, as well as the participating communities and health services.

Some examples of countries that may be considered resource-limited settings include Papua New Guinea, Fiji and India.

As with any training post, you must apply for prospective approval of training in a resource-limited setting. The College considers applications on a case-by-case basis for training periods of up to 12 months.

To be considered for training in a resource-limited setting, you must:

have satisfactorily completed Years 1 and 2 of FRANZCOG training

complete the standard prospective approval form

provide additional information about the position description, learning outcomes, rosters, theatre lists and supervision

If your proposed training post is deemed suitable, you may be able to substitute training in a resource-limited setting for the rural rotation in your Basic Training program.

Please follow the link below for more information:


Elevation to Fellowship

A trainee is eligible to apply for Fellowship when:

at least 250 weeks of satisfactory training has been completed, and

all assessment requirements have been satisfactorily completed (with the exception of ATMs)

Please note that the onus is on the trainee to contact the College to apply for Fellowship.

Application workflow and timeline

ActivityDetail
Trainee contacts RANZCOG Specialty Programs teamTrainee requests application information and will be sent an application form to complete summarising their training history and confirming that all training requirements have been met.

It is recommended that ample time prior to the deadline be allowed for completion of the form.

Applications are only prepared if ALL requirements have been met (with the exception of ATMs).
Deadline for submission of applications• 1 February
• 1 June
• 1 October
Application is sent to trainee for verificationA confirmed application form and Elevation to Fellowship Declaration is sent to trainee.

Trainees are asked to confirm that all details on application form are correct, or if corrections are required, a revised form prepared and returned to the trainee for signing.

Elevation to Fellowship date agreed and confirmed by
trainee.
Application ratification by TAC and consideration by BoardThe confirmed application is reviewed and endorsed by the RANZCOG TAC and then sent to the RANZCOG Board recommending elevation to Fellowship.
APPLICATION APPROVEDUpon confirmation of Board approval of the recommendation, the trainee will be advised by letter of the outcome and next steps.

Please note that eligibility to apply for Fellowship and Board approval do not equate to elevation (see section below)

After approval

Following application approval, the trainee is required to:

satisfactorily complete 276 weeks (72 months) of training (if applicable) including approval of the final Six-Monthly Summative Assessment by the relevant State/Territory/NZ TAC chair

Arrange final sign-off of Certificate of Satisfactory Completion of Training (CSCT) by the relevant State/Territory/New Zealand office:

Trainees with paper records — submission all paper logbooks completed prior to introduction of My.RANZCOG in 2016, Training Assessment Record (TAR), or

Trainees without paper records — contact the relevant State/Territory/NZ office to arrange chair review of online training documentation.

Sign RANZCOG post-Board Fellowship declaration.

Pay elevation to Fellowship fee (as invoiced by RANZCOG Finance Department upon confirmation of Board approved elevation).

Complete mandatory Six-Monthly Trainee Feedback Survey.

Complete mandatory Trainee Exit Survey.

Please note that applicants for elevation to Fellowship must complete all administrative requirements within six months of the Fellowship elevation date, or the date of the Board meeting at which their application for elevation to Fellowship is approved, whichever is the latter.

Otherwise, the offer of Fellowship will lapse and an additional application will need to be made. More information can be found in the RANZCOG Regulations (see Sections B11.2 and C11.2).

Upon completion of all outstanding requirements

Trainees will be sent the FRANZCOG certificate upon satisfactory completion of all outstanding requirements. Certificates cannot be sent prior to the Board-approved Fellowship date.

Medicare (Australian Fellows) and the Medical Council of New Zealand (New Zealand Fellows) are notified of the trainee’s elevation date to Fellowship.

For Australian trainees, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is notified of the trainee’s elevation date to Fellowship.


Fees

All training and examination fees are payable in Australian dollars (AUD), and are not subject to Australian GST.

Application & Selection
Fee
$AUD
Frequency
FRANZCOG Selection Application Fee
$803
Submit with application
FRANZCOG Selection Interview Fee
$1,242
One-time fee, payable at offer of interview
Training
Fee
$AUD
Frequency
FRANZCOG Annual Training Fee
$4,839
Due 31 January annually
Examinations
Fee
$AUD
Frequency
FRANZCOG Written Examination
$2,362
Payable when registration confirmed
FRANZCOG Oral Examination
$4,516
Payable when registration confirmed
Elevation/ Certification
Fee
$AUD
Frequency
Fellowship Elevation Fee
$2,368
Payable after Board approval


Training administration and resources

The College provides access to a range of training and administration resources to help support s — click the links below to learn more.

Trainee jobs board

Please visit the RANZCOG Jobs Board to view our current trainee positions listings.

Trainee email account

The College provides all trainees with an Outlook email address via Office 365, including:

50GB of storage

25MB limit per email

access through any internet browser on any platform

Please note that the College will use this address for all email correspondence throughout the duration of your FRANZCOG training.

To set up your email account, please click ‘Login’, or go to: https://outlook.office365.com

Please follow the links below for more information:

My.RANZCOG

The College uses the My.RANZCOG portal to record and process your training and assessment requirements, including:

prospective approval of training

three-monthly formative appraisals

six-monthly summative assessments (including consultant feedback)

progress summaries for:

training time

training requirements

logbook procedures

leave from training

professional development

examination performance

To access My.RANZCOG, please click ‘Login’, or go to:
https://my.ranzcog.edu.au

Acquire

In 2022, the College introduced Acquire — an eLearning platform designed to support trainees, members and other medical professionals undertaking RANZCOG training and development activities.

To access Acquire, please click ‘Login’, or go to:
https://acquire.ranzcog.edu.au

For support queries, please contact: elearningsupport@ranzcog.edu.au


Supporting trainees in difficulty

The College provides a range of resources to identify, support and manage trainees who may be experiencing training difficulties.

These resources have been designed for trainees, as well as those involved in training, including supervisors, coordinators, mentors, consultants, senior registrars, training committee members, hospital management staff, and other medical professionals.

Please click to expand the sections below for more information and resources.

Learning development plans

A learning development plan aims to assist training supervisors and trainees to effectively manage areas of performance which are causing concern.

Please click the links below for more information:

Training support plan

A training support plan aims to:

assist trainees who are returning from an extended period of leave

address development and learning opportunities identified by a three-monthly formative appraisal or six-monthly summative assessment

support trainees with examination failure

Trainees can complete and upload a training support plan to My.RANZCOG (attached to a six-monthly summative assessment).

Please click the links below for more information:

Multi-source feedback

Multi-source feedback is an effective way of assessing trainee performance based on feedback from relevant team members.

Please click the link below for more information:

The College has developed an online multi-source feedback tool that can be used by training supervisors as part of a remedial strategy to support trainees who are experiencing training difficulties.

To request access to multi-source feedback, please contact: training@ranzcog.edu.au

Evidence-informed facilitated feedback

This feedback model aims to support training supervisors to:

build rapport and relationships

provide and receive constructive feedback

explore trainee understanding of feedback

coach for performance change

The College has developed a feedback guide for conducting formative appraisals and summative assessments.

Communication skills assessment

The communication skills assessment is designed to be administered by training supervisors at any stage of training, to provide feedback to any trainee who may benefit from improving their communication skills.

Please follow the link below for more information:

Member wellbeing and support

A range of wellbeing services are available to trainees experiencing professional or personal difficulty during training.


Training committees

Please explore the links below to learn more about the committees with oversight and responsibilities relating to the FRANZCOG training program.

For more information on the RANZCOG Council and Committees, you can also visit our Governance page.

Trainees’ Committee

Formed in 1999, the RANZCOG Trainees’ Committee communicates the views of trainees to RANZCOG – both in relation to training issues and broader issues, such as the future of obstetrics and gynaecology.

Education Standards Committee

The Education Standards Committee (ESC) is responsible for:

overseeing development and implementation of educational standards across all RANZCOG education, training, assessment and accreditation

all RANZCOG training programs, including regular monitoring and evaluation

making decisions in relation to the above, as delegated by the RANZCOG Board

Training Accreditation Committee

The Training Accreditation Committee (TAC) reports to the Education Standards Committee and is responsible for:

development, coordination and administration of the FRANZCOG training program in cooperation with local TACs in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand

reviewing processes for accreditation and reaccreditation of training sites

working closely with the Examination and Assessment Committee on training, assessment and certification issues of mutual concern (where appropriate)

Local Training Accreditation Committees

Local State, Territory and New Zealand TACs are responsible for oversight of basic and advanced FRANZCOG training in each region, including:

monitoring and reviewing trainees

reviewing six-monthly summative assessments evaluated as other than satisfactory

approving appointment of Integrated Training Program (ITP) coordinators and training supervisors

The Chair of each local TAC is also responsible for reviewing and approving:

prospective approval of training forms

three-monthly formative appraisals

six-monthly summative assessments

extensions to training requirements for six months or less

Extensions of more than six months must be referred to the College TAC for consideration.

Examination and Assessment Committee

The Examination and Assessment Committee is responsible for ensuring, maintaining, and enhancing the integrity, validity and reliability of the individual and collective education and assessment components and associated processes pertaining to training programs run and administered by RANZCOG.


Policies and procedures

The below policies are relevant to the FRANZCOG training program and may be of interest.

More information on examinations can also be found in the RANZCOG Regulations (sections B and C on the FRANZCOG Training Program).

FRANZCOG POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Exceptional Circumstance, Special Consideration and Reconsideration Policy
Individuals are able to apply for variation to the normal requirements on the grounds of…
Policy on Mentoring of Trainees in the FRANZCOG Training Program
Objectives: Ensure appropriate processes are in place for the mentoring of trainees…
Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination Policy
This policy should be read in conjunction with the supporting Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination Resource Guide.
Trainee in Difficulty Policy
RANZCOG is committed to providing a training support structure that is fair, consistent, transparent and…
Conflict of Interest Policy
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (the College) is committed…
Appeals Procedures
The College seeks to provide appropriate support to its trainees, SIMG applicants and members.


Contact

As a starting point, please contact your local RANZCOG office for enquiries about your FRANZCOG training.

Other useful contacts include:

General training enquiries: training@ranzcog.edu.au

Assessment services: assessment@ranzcog.edu.au



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