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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:

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

You will need to scan your Logbook & Workplace Based Assessments into a PDF document and email to [email protected] for approval.

The RANZCOG CWH/Diploma Training Programs Department will confirm they have received your logbook and email you with your confirmation that your logbook has been approved.  You will also be provided with an Application for Enrolment on the Register form. Once CWH/Diploma Training Programs Department receives this completed form from you, you will then receive 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).

Please allow 1-2 weeks time for processing of your logbook.  To ensure that logbooks are processed within two weeks of being received, please do not email or phone College Place enquire about the status of your logbook as this slows logbook processing times.

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.

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.

The workshop criteria is aligned closely with FRANZCOG Selection and training requirements. All evidence of 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

How to Apply

Complete the PVP application form here. 

Please note the PVP subscription fee is payable at the time of application. For more information please refer to the PVP 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.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

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

Q: I am struggling to find a workshop due to COVID-19 restrictions. Are there any exemptions?
A. Certificates dated from 1 Jan 2019 will be accepted as evidence to the PVP for the 2022 National selection cycle only. This exemption aligns with 4.3 Professional Development of the RANZCOG Trainee Selection Process guidelines.
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.

 Please note Exemptions end 1 June 2022. Participants that continue with the PVP after 1 June 2022 will be required to adhere to original PVP requirements (i.e. a certificate is valid 2 years from date of enrolment of the PVP). 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 assessed and approved   as satisfactory. Once the 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 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. Once RANZCOG receives your application to enrol, 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.
 
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 and had this signed off as satisfactory 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.
  
Q: I am completing the DRANZCOG including the 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 if you have passed either the CWH or DRANZCOG Written Exam and your logbook has been signed off as satisfactory. Once you have submitted your application for enrolment you can request a Letter of Participation as proof that you have successfully completed all 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 my logbook for review?
 A: You should submit your logbook, as a scanned pdf document as soon as you have completed it, to the DRANZCOG Training team via [email protected] .
 
 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 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 satisfactory sign-off. 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  the assessment and procedural requirements. You can use this as proof of completion when you apply to the PVP.
 

New Zealand participants

Q: Am I able to obtain the PVP Certificate of completion before finalising my PGDip O&G?
A: No. In addition to completing your PVP requirements, you must provide evidence that you have completed the PGDip O&G before you can be issued with a PVP Certificate of completion.
 

 General PVP questions

 Q: Is the PVP open for applications all year round?
 A: Yes, you may enrol into the PVP at any time
  
Q: How long do I have to complete the PVP?
 A: All new participants will have two years to complete the PVP from the date of enrolment.
 
Q: Is there a cut-off time to complete the PVP in time for FRANZOCG Selection?
 A. The deadline to complete the PVP to meet FRANZCOG National Selection timelines is 10 days before FRANZCOG National Selection opens in Australia and New Zealand. This allows time for the PVP admin to check all documentation before issuing the PVP Certificate

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: 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 and meets the PVP Workshop Guidelines.
 
Q: Once I complete the PVP, do I hold it for life?
A: Yes. Once you complete the PVP you do not need to complete it again. However, you will only have access to the PVP for 2 years following enrolment.
 

National Selection-related questions

 Refer to the National Selection website for information.
 https://ranzcog.edu.au/training/specialist-training/applying
 




 

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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