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Assessment of Procedural & Surgical Skills (APSS) - Core & Advanced

 

As part of the training curriculum, trainees' performance of key O&G surgical procedures must be assessed. The assessment process is administered through the Training Programs section of the College.

The list of the specific procedural and surgical skills to be assessed, and the relevant deadlines, can be found in the FRANZCOG Curriculum

Trainees who commenced in the training program after 1 December 2013 can also check their requirements and training deadlines in My.RANZCOG on the Requirements Progress Summary page. 


Assessment process


Assessors

A trainee's performance in each of the required procedures will be assessed by the trainee's Training Supervisor or an appropriate consultant. For assessments due at or before the end of two (2) years of training, FRANZCOG Advanced Trainees may also act as assessors.
 

Formative assessment 

Trainees are strongly encouraged to do at least three formative assessments before attempting the summative assessment. This is to maximise feedback from consultants on their performance before completing the summative APSS.
 

Summative assessment

When a trainee feels confident in being able to perform the procedure with minimal input from the assessor, they can then attempt a summative APSS.

A separate assessment form must be used each time a trainee is assessed on any of the required procedures.
 

Submission

Completed and signed summative APSSs are to be submitted through My.RANZCOG via the Additional Requirements page prior to the deadline listed.   


For detailed instructions on how to submit your APSS form online, please refer to the resources below:


 



Satisfactory sign-off

 

When completing a summative assessment a trainee must achieve:
 
  • Vaginal surgery: Intermediate (hysterectomy) – FRANZCOG Basic Training - a minimum ranking of 4 (some input required from assessor) in all listed skill areas in order for the assessment to be considered satisfactory.

  • Vaginal surgery: Intermediate (hysterectomy) – Generalist Gynaecology ATM - a minimum ranking of 7 (minimal input required from assessor) in all listed skill areas in order for the assessment to be considered satisfactory.

  • All other assessments - a minimum ranking of 7 (minimal input required from assessor) in all listed skill areas in order for the assessment to be considered satisfactory.


If the trainee does not meet these criteria, the APSS form should not be submitted.

For more information download/view APSS general information.



Forms

Please note that a separate assessment form must be used each time a trainee is assessed on any individual procedure.

 


Ultrasound APSS
 

APSS Ultrasound A (due 104 weeks CTIT) 

•    Part 1: First trimester transabdominal
•    Part 2: First trimester transvaginal
•    Part 2: Second/Third trimester

APSS Ultrasound A Assessment Form 

APSS Ultrasound B (due 208 weeks CTIT)
•    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

APSS Ultrasound B Assessment Form (PDF)

Important: To be signed off of as having satisfactorily completed each submission of an ultrasound APSS on My.RANZCOG must include all relevant components and forms for that requirement. 


Vaginal Hysterectomy APSS


The Education Strategy Committee (ESC) has approved that the following changes be implemented to the Assessment of Procedural Surgical Skills (APSS) for vaginal surgery: hysterectomy.

  • The criteria for satisfactory sign-off of the Vaginal Hysterectomy APSS during Basic Training be amended from ‘a minimum ranking of 7 (minimal input from the assessor)’ in all listed skill areas, to ‘a minimum ranking of 4 (some input from the assessor) in all listed skill areas.

  • The higher-level version of the vaginal hysterectomy APSS where a minimum ranking of 7 (minimal input from the assessor) be considered a mandatory component of the Generalist Gynaecology Advanced Training Module (ATM).


Please ensure you download the new form for all APPS assessments.

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