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Research Requirement
 

Satisfactory completion of the Research Requirement is compulsory for all trainees undertaking the FRANZCOG Training Program with the exception of those formally recognised as undertaking the Academic Stream.

All trainees entering the FRANZCOG training program from 1 December 2017 are required to meet their research requirements under the Points-Based Research Study model.  Trainees must complete a minimum of  four (4) points of  approved research activity by the end of 52 weeks FTE of time in Advanced Training as described in College Regulations B8.
 
Trainees who commenced training before 1 December 2017 should continue with Research Study requirements as described in College Regulations B9/C8 unless they have opted to complete the Points-Based Research study model.

In some circumstances, trainees who commenced training prior to 1 December 2017 may be exempt from undertaking research study (refer to College Regulations C8.4/B9.4).

Further information on research study requirements, including assessment criteria, forms and submission, may be found in the College Regulations and the FRANZCOG Training Handbook.

 

Points-Based Research Activities and Submission


For trainees entering the FRANZCOG training program from 1 December 2017 or those who have opted into the Points-Based Research Study model: 

Approved Research Activities
Approved Research Activities (PDF) and their associated points allocation.


Planning your Research Activities

Trainees are strongly encouraged to discuss with their Training Supervisor how they plan to carry out their research activities during their time in training.  The Planned Research Activity form (Word) can be used to facilitate this discussion.  Whilst not mandatory, it is suggested that trainees complete the discussion, and have the form signed by their Training Supervisor, no later than the end of 104 FTE weeks of time in training in the FRANZCOG Basic Training Program.  A copy can be uploaded to the Additional Requirements page of My.RANZCOG, under the Submission of Research Proposal option.


Submitting your Research Activity
A completed research activity must be submitted to the College for assessment using the Notification of Research Activity form (Word) and uploaded, along with required supporting documentation, to the Additional Requirements page of My.RANZCOG, under the Submission of Research Proposal option.
 

Proposal & Project Research Submission

For trainees who commenced before 1 December 2017 and who have not opted into the Points-Based Research Study model:

Trainees are required to submit a Research Project to the College for assessment. A Research Project Proposal must be submitted to the College, and approved, before the Research Project can be started. The research topic must be in the health sciences.

Submission of Research Proposal:  The Research Proposal form (Word) and the Research Supervisor Endorsement form (Word) must be submitted for assessment.  Upload forms to the Additional Requirements page of My.RANZCOG under 'Submission of Research Proposal'  

**During the course of your research, if your research project changes from the original approved Research Proposal, you must submit a new Research Proposal form for assessment and approval**

Submission of Research Project: The Research Project form (Word) and the  Research Supervisor Endorsement form (Word), together with supporting documentation, must accompany the research project when it is submitted for assessment to the College.  Upload all documents to the Additional Requirements page of My.RANZCOG under 'Completion of Research Project/Study' 


Trainees who wish to opt-in to the Points-Based Research Model

Trainees commencing before 1 December 2017 who choose to opt in must notify the FRANZCOG Training team ([email protected]) of their intention to do so. The Points-based Research Study Opt-In Notification form must be completed, signed off by the Training Supervisor, and uploaded to the Additional Requirements page of My.RANZCOG using the Submission of Research Proposal option.


Research Project Exemption - trainees commencing before 1 December 2017 only

Trainees commencing before 1 December 2017 may be approved as meeting the requirements of satisfactory completion of the research study: 
  • if they possess a formal higher research degree qualification (Regulation B9.4.1/C8.4.1); or
  • if they have successfully completed an honours (by research) year in biomedical sciences (Regulation B9.4.1/C8.4.1); or
  • on the grounds of prior publication of research (Regulation B9.4.2/C8.4.2).  Any prior, first author publication in English in a peer reviewed journal devoted to a branch of the biomedical sciences may be submitted to College House. If judged to be of an equivalent standard to that expected of RANZCOG Research Project, the previously published research may be approved as meeting the requirement of satisfactory completion of RANZCOG Research Project.

For the exemption to be assessed, upload the Research Project Exemption form (Word), together with any supporting documentation, to the Additional Requirements page of My.RANZCOG, under 'Completion of Research Project/Study' 
 

 

Research Toolkit Module


Research Toolkit Module


The Research Skills Workshop has been replaced by The Research Toolkit.  Successful completion of the Research Toolkit Module will accrue one (1) point as a research activity in the points-based research study stream (Regulation B.8.3).  Trainees must submit the Certificate of Completion via My.RANZCOG>Additional Requirements>Submission of Research Proposal for the point to be awarded.

The aims of the Research Toolkit are to equip trainees with:

  • an understanding of the principles of evidence-based medicine
  • the ability to critically appraise the scientific literature and confidently interpret and evaluate research.
  • the skills required to design, complete and present their research study

 



 

More information

For more information on Research Requirements please contact: 

Email: [email protected]

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