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Applying for FRANZCOG Training
 

Please note: there has been a minor amendment to the CV/Applications Scoring Guidelines - 2022 document.

In section 1.1 Clinical Experience in O&G in Australia/New Zealand, the words "previous 2 years" have been removed. All relevant experience can be listed in the online application form.

Effective 10 March 2022


Prospective applicants to the FRANZCOG Training program should familiarise themselves with the documents below before commencing the application process.

 

1. The Selection Process


FRANZCOG Selection Process: Timeline 2022


 

Fees, Available Posts & Selection Components

Selection to the FRANZCOG Training Program occurs annually in Australia and New Zealand.


FRANZCOG Training Selection Process is highly competitive, for every training post available, the College averages approximately three applicants.  Experience shows that between one third and one half of all applicants are likely to be selected for FRANZCOG Training.

 

Fees

All applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable application fee. Access to the online application form will only be available after payment is finalised.

Applicants shortlisted for interview will be required to pay a non-refundable interview fee. Payment details and process will be advised at the time of offer of interview.

Please see Annual Training Fees on Fees page for current pricing.

 

Available Posts

In New Zealand, there were 22 first year training posts available for commencement in February 2022:

  • Northern ITP (14)

  • Central ITP (4)

  • Southern ITP (4)

In Australia, there were 89 first year training posts available for commencement in February 2022:

  • Phase 1: Orange (1), RITP Bendigo (1), ACT (3), ITP Newcastle (4), Tasmania (2)

  • Phase 2: NSW (25), QLD (15), SA/NT (5), VIC (26), and WA (7). 

 

Selection Components

The FRANZCOG Selection process consists of the following components:
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)

  • Applicant-nominated referee

  • Institutional Reference*

  • ​Interview

​* Australia only

Selection components are combined for shortlisting and selection at the following weightings:

Component

Selection for interview

Selection for position

 

AU

NZ

AU

NZ

CV/Application

40%

90%

24%

40%

Applicant-nominated Referees

20%

10%

12%

10%

Institutional References*

40%

-

24%

-

Interview

-

-

40%

50%


 

Capping

Applicants cannot apply for the FRANZCOG Training Program more than three (3) times.

Applying for the program in Australia as well as in New Zealand will count as two (2) application attempts, even if applications are submitted in the same selection cycle.

In the event of a 'near-miss' with an application, the College may determine that the application does not count toward the maximum of three (3) allowable applications.

For the purposes of capping an application can be withdrawn within ten (10) days of the closing date without counting towards the applicant’s number of attempts.
 

Application Form - CV Scoring Guidelines

The College will not tolerate false declarations. Information found to be misleading may result in immediate disqualification of the application, and a lifelong ban from submitting future applications.

Applications are made via an online portal. Applicants will have access to the online portal from the opening date after the application fee has been processed.

See Online Application Process for further details on application process.

CV/Application scoring will be in accordance with the CV/Application Scoring Guidelines - 2022.
 

Preferencing

New Zealand

It is mandatory to preference a minimum of one (1) ITP.

Applicants will only be considered for training posts in ITPs for which they have indicated a preference.

Australia
 
  • Phase 1: Applicants can preference up to two (2) of the available posts: Regional Integrated Training Program (RITP) Dubbo or Orange, and/or Bendigo; Integrated Training Program (ITP) Newcastle; ACT and TAS.
  • Phase 2 – Applicants can preference up to three (3) remaining Australian states/territories i.e. NSW, QLD, SA/NT, VIC and WA.

Applicants may, but are not required to, submit a preference for both Phase 1 and Phase 2.

 

Regional Integrated Training Program (RITP)

A position in the Regional Integrated Training Program (RITP) may appeal to candidates who are currently based in rural and regional areas, who have worked in these areas recently or who have expressed a desire to pursue a career in rural and regional areas.

The following RITP positions may be available each year:
 
  • Bendigo RITP
  • Dubbo RITP
  • Orange RITP
(Note: Mackay RITP is not available for preferencing)

All applicants who submit a preference for a RITP position must complete the Application for Regional Training Pathway form that will be available via the application portal.

Any applicants who do not meet the eligibility criteria for RITP positions but are interested in rural practice can complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) request via the Application for Regional Training Pathway form outlining their reasons for wanting to apply for a RITP position that will then be considered by the College.
 

Referee Reports

References: Applicant-nominated

Referee reports are strictly confidential. Applicants are not provided with submitted referee reports at any stage.

Applicants are required to provide up to four (4) referees as part of the online application. Referees provided should include:
 
  • two (2) Fellows or Diplomates of RANZCOG or holders of the NZ Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology (PGDipOMG), or a combination of both;
  • should an applicant be unable to cite such practitioners as their referees, it is acceptable to list other consultants who are fellows of Australian or New Zealand medical colleges with whom they have worked closely.
  • RANZCOG Trainees who have completed Core training and are in Advanced Training or above are eligible to be referees.

Applicants are advised to use the most appropriate referees possible to support their application.

Report Content

The following categories may be covered in the online form:


References: Institutional (Australia only)
 

Institutional references (IRs) will be requested by sites where applicants have indicated that they have spent (or will have spent) a minimum of six (6) months (20 clinical weeks) in a prevocational O&G position between 1 January of the year before application and 31 August in the year of application.

 


Interviews


Shortlisting for Interview

The averaged CV/Application form score, averaged Referee Report score and Institutional Reference (IR) score (for Australia) will be combined to give an overall ‘shortlisting’ score.

The combined ‘shortlisting’ score will be used to create a ranked list.

The number of interviews offered each year will be set by the RANZCOG Education Strategy Committee (ESC) and will be based on the maximum number deemed feasible in light of available resources.

Interviews

Selection interviews in 2022 will be conducted online. The process will be similar to the previous two (2) years and detailed guides will be provided to shortlisted applicants after payment of interview fee.

Successful applicants are interviewed in their state of first preference (for Phase 2) except where an applicant has preferenced Phase 1.

Interviews for Phase 1: ITP – Newcastle, RITP - Dubbo, and RITP – Orange will be held in NSW. Interviews for ACT may be held in ACT or NSW.

Interviews for Phase 1: Tasmania will be held in Tasmania, where possible or combined with VIC.

Interviews for Phase 1: RITP Bendigo will be held in VIC.
 


Notification of Selection Outcome

A ranking of applicants will be generated from the combination of scores obtained in all components of the selection process.

All applicants will be notified of the selection results via email.

Applicants will receive one (1) offer only.  Failure to confirm acceptance of the offer within 48-hours will be regarded as a rejection of the offer.

Offers for Phase 1 will be made prior to Phase 2 offers. Applicants who preference Phase 1 but are not offered a position will not receive notification as they are automatically considered for Phase 2.
 

Local/State ITP Matching

Once all the training places have been accepted, those states with more than one Integrated Training Program (ITP) will undertake a matching process in which the selected applicants will be allocated a specific ITP and/or hospital.  

Where appropriate, applicants will be contacted by the relevant RANZCOG regional office regarding preferencing.
 

Employment


It is essential that applicants familiarise themselves with the employment requirements in ALL states/territories that have been preferenced. Some state/territory recruitment timelines can overlap with the FRANZCOG selection cycle. It is the responsibility of all applicants to ensure that state/territory recruitment processes for preferenced sites are strictly adhered to.

In most cases late applications for employment will not be accepted. RANZCOG has no jurisdiction over employment requirements for individual sites.

If selected into the FRANZCOG training program, it is the applicant's responsibility to secure employment at the allocated hospital/health service.

Failure to meet local requirements and secure employment will render the offer of a position on the FRANZCOG training program void.
 


2. Apply for FRANZCOG Training

 

Online Application Process


Before Applications open:

 Registration

  1. Access the application page traineeselection.ranzcog.edu.au/candidate.
  2. Click ‘Register’ and complete your details. 
  3. Once registration is complete, you will be redirected to the login screen.
  4. You will also receive a confirmation email.

When Applications open:

Login and payment of non-refundable Application fee
  1. Login with your registered details.
  2. On the application page click ‘Apply’ next to the relevant cycle ie RANZCOG Training Program Selection (AU).
  3. Agree to the terms and conditions.
  4. The payment form will be pre-entered for you with the non-refundable application fee.
  5. Click ‘Next’.
  6. Complete payment using your credit card details. It is strongly advised you print the completed payment page as your receipt of payment.
  7. Select ‘Click here to return to the RANZCOG TRMS Page’.

Application form
  1. Login with your registered details.
  2. On the dashboard page there will be a cycle listed under ‘Existing Applications’.
  3. Click ‘Open’.
  4. This will take you to the application form containing five tabs that are to be completed.
  • It is important that you save your progress.
  • You can save and resume your application at any time.
  • Do not leave the form ‘dormant’ as any unsaved information will be lost.
  • It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure all requested attachments are checked and confirmed to be accessible files.
  • When complete submit the application form.
  • Note: Once submitted you will not be able to edit any information. Changes to submitted applications will not be accepted. It is the the applicant's responsibility to ensure all information submitted is correct before submitting.
 
  • IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE: In section 3 of the application form (Academic Excellence in Medical Course), the option 'Yes - placed in top third of medical course' within the drop down menu is no longer applicable. Please do not use this option. This is a system error which is pending update. As per the CV/Application Scoring Guidelines - 2022 points will not be awarded for this option.
 
  • RURALITY EXPERIENCE: There is no separate section for rurality experience, please add all Australian O & G experience including any rural experience in Section 1 of the application form. Rurality experience points will be determined and allocated accordingly. Please use the 'Add' button to upload any required evidence.

Recognition of Prior Learning

 
Trainees who have been selected for the FRANZCOG training program and have obtained an accredited first year training position may be eligible to apply for previous experience or training to be recognised toward the specialist training program – subject to the approval of the RANZCOG Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Assessment Subcommittee. Only trainees who fit one of the four categories specified are eligible for recognition of prior learning. 

RPL applications must be submitted as soon as possible after the trainee has accepted a place in the FRANZCOG Training Program and before commencement of training.


The deadline for RPL applications for trainees selected to commence training in February 2023 is 30 September 2022. 

To apply for recognition of prior learning, read the policy and complete the application form:

RANZCOG Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy and applicaiton form

 


Deferral

In exceptional circumstances, who are offered and accept a place in the FRANZCOG Training Program may apply to defer commencement of training.

Please refer to the Deferral of Training Policy.

If an application for deferral is required, you must notify the Executive Officer at the relevant RANZCOG Regional Office in writing as soon as possible after you have been offered, and confirmed acceptance of, a place on the FRANZCOG Training Program.
 

More information

For any further information regarding FRANZCOG Selection:


Email: [email protected]
 

 

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