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The Prevocational Pathway (PVP)

The Prevocational Pathway (PVP) provides resources and guided learning opportunities to prevocational doctors interested in a career in obstetrics and gynaecology. The pathway focuses on establishing foundation-level knowledge and skills relevant to the practice of obstetrics and gynaecology with a focus on preparation for the entry to FRANZCOG training program.

The PVP provides:
  • Opportunities for prevocational doctors to acquire core knowledge and skills before they commence specialist training in O&G
  • Ongoing professional development for participants who are in a transition period while seeking entry to the FRANZCOG training program
  • Specific training in practical skills workshops relevant for the FRANZCOG Training Program
  • Five (5) points under the Professional category in the CV application scoring process for the RANZCOG Trainee Selection Process.


Entry Requirements


In order to apply for the PVP, doctors must have completed and maintained certification of:

Australian participants

Doctors who have completed the CWH as part of the DRANZCOG and/or DRANZCOG Advanced training programs are eligible to complete the PVP.


New Zealand participants
  • NZ University of Auckland Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences in Women's Health (PGCertHSc), or
  • NZ University of Otago Postgraduate Certificate in Women's Health (PGCertWHlth), or
  • Successful completion of or enrolment* into (evidence required) the NZ University of Auckland Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology (PGDipOMG) or
  • Successful completion of or enrolment* into (evidence required) the NZ University of Otago Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology (PGDipOMG) 
*Awarding of PVP is contingent on satisfactory completion of the PGDipOMG.    
 
 

CWH/Diploma Training Programs: timeline for processing logbooks

The RANZCOG State/Territory Office will confirm they have received your logbook and forward it for signing by the State Chair. As State Chairs sign off logbooks in their spare time, it can take up to six weeks to sign off your training documentation.
 
Once signed, the RANZCOG State/Territory Office will send your logbook to College House for processing. Logbooks are processed in the order that they are received. To ensure that logbooks are processed within two weeks of being received, please do not email or phone College House to enquire about the status of your logbook as this slows logbook processing times.
 
Once your training documentation is processed, CWH/Diploma Training Programs will email you about posting your logbook back for safe-keeping. You will be asked to scan and email a completed Application for Enrolment on the Register form. Once CWH/Training Programs receives this completed form, you can then request a Letter of Participation, which confirms you have met the clinical and assessment requirements and you are awaiting formal ratification. Please upload the Letter of Participation when you apply to the PVP (see How to Apply above).
 

PVP Content

The Prevocational Pathway consists of eLearning modules each with a short online assessment. Each eLearning module must achieve an 80% pass rate. Multiple attempts of modules are permitted.

Effective 7 September 2020, all new participants will have two years to complete the PVP from the date of enrolment. However, we strongly encourage participants to complete the PVP within one year as updates to content may be applied annually.


Online Modules:

  • Anatomy
  • Maternal physiology in pregnancy
  • Placental physiology
  • Neonatal physiology
  • Physiological responses to surgery
  • Long-acting reversible contraception
  • Intercultural learning
  • Abortion
  • Management of STIs and STI syndromes
  • Developing effective communication skills
  • Feedback for trainees
  • Helping patients make informed decisions
It should take approximately 33 hours to complete all modules.

 

Workshops:

In addition to the eLearning modules, participants are required to complete three workshops. Participants are responsible for making their own arrangements to complete these courses and for all associated costs.

Revised workshop criteria has been introduced to align more closely with FRANZCOG Selection and FRANZCOG training. The Basic Life Support workshop will no longer be a PVP requirement. Therefore, effective 7 September 2020, workshops submitted for assessment for the PVP must meet the criteria as outlined in the Application guidelines.

The three workshops cover the topics of:
  • Fetal Surveillance
  • Neonatal Resuscitation
  • Basic Obstetrics Skills Workshop

Participants must provide certified copies of certificates of completion for each workshop. Evidence of completion will be accepted if the course was completed within 24 months before the completion of the PVP.

 

How to Apply

Applications for the PVP 2020-2021 are now closed.

The guidelines for the PVP have changed. For more information, see the Application Guidelines.
 

Fees

Visit Fees and view Training Fees for the current fee associated with completing the Prevocational Pathway online component, and Workshop Fees for any workshop component with an associated fee.
 

PVP process timeline

The College closes from 23 December 2020 to 4 January 2021 inclusive, therefore PVP applications won't be assessed during this period.

Timelines for 2020-2021 will be updated when information regarding FRANZCOG National Selection opening and closing dates are made available.
 

Australia

Activity

New Zealand

Monday 19 April 2021*

FRANZCOG National Selection
Online applications open

Friday 19 March 2021*

Monday 3 May 2021* PVP applications close Monday 3 May 2021*  
Monday 10 May 2021* Cut-off to complete PVP requirements in CLIMATE if applying for
FRANZCOG National Selection
Tuesday 13 April 2021* 
Monday 17 May 2021^  FRANZCOG National Selection
Online applications close
Monday 19 April 2021^
Early-mid September 2021 PVP applications for 2022 open Early-mid September 2021


​*5.00 pm Melbourne, Australia time
^Midday Melbourne time
Timeline is subject to change



 


Frequently Asked Questions

 

RANZCOG Certificate of Women’s Health, RANZCOG Diploma and RANZCOG Advanced Diploma

Q: I am struggling to find workshop due to COVID-19 restrictions. Are there any exemptions?
A: 
Yes, due to COVID restrictions on face-to-face delivery of workshops/events, RANZCOG has applied the following exemptions for those undertaking the PVP for the 2020 – 2021 cycle and those applying to 2021 FRANZCOG Training selection period:

  1. Certificates dated from 1 Jan 2018 will be accepted as evidence to the PVP for the 2021 selection cycle only. This exemption aligns with 4.3 Professional Development of the RANZCOG Trainee Selection Process guidelines.
  2. Official confirmation of registration to an upcoming workshop will be accepted as evidence to the PVP.
    1. PVP certificates will only be issued when the workshop has been completed and an official certificate of completion has been uploaded to the PVP eLearning platform.
    2. If you have uploaded a confirmation of registration to an upcoming workshop and want to apply to FRANZCOG, you can request a COVID exemption letter by contacting [email protected] 

Please note exemptions only apply to the 2020 – 2021 PVP cycle and 2021 FRANZCOG Training selection period. Exemptions end 1 June 2021. Participants that continue with the PVP after 1 June 2021 will be required to adhere to original PVP requirements. See Workshop criteria for requirements.


Q: Am I eligible to apply to the PVP if I have completed my Certificate of Women’s Health (CWH) Written Exam and logbook but I have not gone through the RANZCOG Board for ratification?
A: Yes. On the proviso that you have passed the CWH Written Exam and your logbook has been signed off by the State/Territory office and assessed at College House as satisfactory. Once RANZCOG receives your application for enrolment to the Register of Certificants, you may request a Letter of Participation as proof that you have successfully completed all of the assessment and procedural requirements. You can upload your Letter of Participation when you apply to the PVP.
 

Q. I have a 10 - or 11 - week O&G rotation at an accredited Training site, is that enough time to complete all of the CWH logbook requirements?
A: Whilst there is no minimum period of training for the CWH, it is generally expected that trainees complete a minimum of three (3) months of prospectively approved hospital or practice-based training. All training and assessment requirements must be completed within two (2) years of commencement of training, irrespective of whether training is part-time or full-time. 
 

Q: I am completing the DRANZCOG Inc. CWH or DRANZCOG/DRANZCOG Advanced incl. CWH and I have only a few procedures left in my DRANZCOG and/or DRANZCOG Advanced logbook/s before I complete all the requirements. I have also passed all of my exams. Can I still apply?
A: The College encourages you to complete all the requirements in your logbook/s before applying to the PVP as currently each application for enrolment on the Register incurs a cost of $265*.

When your logbook has been signed off by your State/Territory office and assessed at College House as satisfactory, your logbook will be returned to you. Once RANZCOG receives your application to enrol on the Register, you may request a Letter of Participation as proof that you have successfully completed all of the assessment and procedural requirements. You can then upload your Letter of Participation when you apply to the PVP.
* For example: If you finalise your CWH Only qualification and then complete and finalise your DRANZCOG logbook shortly thereafter, you are then required to pay $265 twice, for each separate enrolment to the Register application (Certificant then Diplomate).


Q: I am currently completing the DRANZCOG Including the CWH. I haven’t completed any of the exams or the logbook. Can I still apply to the PVP?
A: No. You will need to pass either the CWH or DRANZCOG written exam and have completed the DRANZCOG logbook (signed off by the State/Territory) before applying to the PVP. You can decide to sit the CWH written exam only and complete the logbook. However, if you continue with the DRANZCOG then you will need to sit the DRANZCOG written exam.
Please be aware that finalising your CWH Only qualification by submitting your enrolment to the Register of Certificants application will incur a cost of $265. You are required to pay this amount each time you finalise a qualification.
 

Q: I am completing the DRANZCOG Inc. CWH or DRANZCOG/DRANZCOG Advanced which includes the CWH Training program. Am I eligible to apply for the PVP?
A: Yes, on the proviso that you have completed all the CWH requirements* of the DRANZCOG Inc. CWH logbook, then you are eligible to apply as long as you have passed either the CWH or DRANZCOG Written Exam and your logbook has been signed off by the State/Territory office and assessed at College House as satisfactory.
Once you have submitted your application for enrolment on the Register of Certificants, you can request a Letter of Participation as proof that you have successfully completed all of the assessment and procedural requirements of the  CWH. You can use this as proof of completion when you apply to the PVP.
 
*CWH-specific training and assessment requirements: As specified on Page 16 of the CWH, DRANZCOG and DRANZCOG Advanced Training Handbook, which provides a comprehensive overview of the training programs (including consultation numbers) syllabus, etc.
Trainees must consult the relevant regulations detailed in the CWH, DRANZCOG & DRANZCOG Advanced Handbook to ensure they are eligible for certification.
 

Q: I have completed my logbook requirements and passed my exams. When should I submit it to the RANZCOG State/Territory Office?
 A: You should submit your logbook, as a scanned pdf document as soon as you have completed it, to the RANZCOG State/Territory Office where your training was undertaken.
 

Q: I completed the diploma (DRACOG) prior to 1 August 2011. Subsequently, I completed the DRANZCOG Advanced after 2011. Do I still need to complete the CWH in order to be eligible for the PVP?
A: Yes. As the CWH curriculum was not part of your diploma prior to 1 August 2011 and the DRANZCOG Advanced you completed afterwards did not contain the CWH, you will need to complete the CWH in order to meet the entry requirements of the PVP.
 

Q: I intend to start the CWH or CWH/DRANZCOG in the next few months. Can I do the PVP at the same time?
A: No. You must complete the CWH as this is the minimum requirement. That is, pass the CWH Written Exam and complete the logbook with sign-off by the State/Territory office with satisfactory approval from College House. Once you have submitted your application for enrolment on the Register of Certificants, you may request a Letter of Participation as proof that you have successfully completed all the assessment and procedural requirements. You can use this as proof of completion when you apply to the PVP.


General PVP questions

Q: Is the PVP open for applications all year round?
 A: No, applications for the PVP will close on Monday 3 May 2021, 5pm AEDT.  Applications for the PVP 2022 cohort will reopen early-mid September 2020. This will allow time to implement changes to the course. Participants who are already enrolled in and are still completing the PVP will still have one year to complete the modules and submit certificates for the workshops.


Q: How long do I have to complete the PVP?
 A: New guidelines apply from 7 September 2020.  All new participants will have two years to complete the PVP from date of enrolment. However, we strongly advise that you complete the course within a year.
 

Q: Is there a cut-off time to complete the PVP in time for FRANZCOG Selection?
A: Yes, please check the critical timelines. Cut-off time to finalise completion of modules and upload submissions are usually 7 to 10 days before FRANZCOG National Selection’s applications close. 
This allows time for PVP administrators to assess workshop certificates, for eLearning system updates to occur and to ensure certificates are generated by the closing date of applications for FRANZCOG National Selection. Cut off times vary year to year and are advertised on the PVP website around the end of the year. 


Q: I have completed the approved FRANZCOG workshops as part of the PVP. Do I need to complete those workshops again if I am offered a place in the FRANZCOG Training Program?
A: No. If you are offered a place in the FRANZCOG Training Program, you will be granted an exemption if the workshop or course was completed 2 years prior to entry into the training program (normally 12 months). However, if you completed workshops required by the PVP that aren’t listed as approved FRANZCOG workshops, you must complete those workshops again. 
 

Q: Once I complete the PVP, do I hold it for life?
A: Yes. Once you complete the PVP you don’t need to complete it again.
 

New Zealand participants

Q: Am I able to obtain the PVP Certificate of Completion before finalising the PGDipOMG?
A: No. In addition to completion of PVP requirements, NZ participants undertaking the PGDipOMG must provide evidence of a satisfactory completion prior to being issued with a PVP Certificate.
 




 

More information

Apply now.

Guidelines to the PVP have changed. For more information, please see the Application Guidelines.

Email: pvp@ranzcog.edu.au

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