Ultrasound Training - Revised

The following revisions and initiatives are being implemented by RANZCOG to improve the quality of ultrasound training provided to registrars in the FRANZCOG Core Training Program. These recommendations apply to trainees who commence FRANZCOG training from 12 December 2016.

Ultrasound Training Update 
A comprehensive summary of the key requirements for the new ultrasound training program. 

1. Curriculum: The ultrasound components of the FRANZCOG Curriculum have been revised. See section A7 (Clinical Imaging) and B1.2 (Ante-natal care – ultrasound) 

2. Training experience: As a guide for trainees and sites, a minimum of 80 hours in the first 92 weeks of FRANZCOG Training is recommended.

3. Procedural Requirements: The logbook procedural requirements for core training (the first four years of FRANZCOG training) ultrasound have been revised. The revised procedural requirements are in line with the recently approved changes to the Ultrasound component of the FRANZCOG Curriculum, which focuses on the core competencies trainees must attain by the end of Year 2. Competencies for the end of Year 4 are in development. 
Scan       Minimum Target
1st trimester Trans-vaginal 25
1st trimester Trans-abdominal 25
2nd /3rd trimester Biometry 25
3rd trimester Assessment 75

4. APSS: For the post Dec 2016 trainee cohort, two APSS have beenbe implemented; a combined 1st and 3rd Trimester APSS (for completion by Year 2) and an APSS which covers first trimester assessment of bleeding +/- pain, fetal growth and wellbeing assessment,  acute third trimester presentation,  and third trimester twin pregnancy assessment (for completion by Year 4). These two APSSs replace the Ultrasound IHCA. 

5. Course/workshop requirement: Core trainees will be required to complete a RANZCOG-approved ultrasound course or workshop by the end of Year 2. 

6. CLIMATE Resources: The 1st Trimester, Biometry and 3rd Trimester Ultrasound Power Points and MCQs on CLIMATE have been revised. Trainees will be required to complete the 3 Ultrasound modules by the end of Year 1. The resources are available on CLIMATE at Core modules: A7 Clinical Imaging.

7. Ultrasound Coordinator & Ultrasound Educator: An Ultrasound Coordinator and Ultrasound Educator or Educators will be appointed within each ITP. The Ultrasound Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing the ultrasound training program within the relevant ITP and ensuring the curriculum requirements are met.  The USS Educators will be responsible for the hands-on training at an appropriate site or sites within the ITP. The Coordinator should, ideally, be a RANZCOG Fellow. However, if this is not possible an appropriate Senior Registrar could be appointed to the role.  The Educator/Educators, who would report to the Coordinator, could be any practitioner with a special interest in ultrasound scanning.  

Position Descriptions are available for both roles.



The recommendations for this new ultrasound training program that were proposed to the Board in November 2015 were developed  by the Ultrasound Working Group.

The members of the Ultrasound Working Group are:

  • Dr Kate van Harselaar (Chair) 
  • A/Prof Janet Vaughan (AU) 
  • Prof Peter Stone (NZ)
  • Dr Celia Devenish (NZ TAC Chair) 
  • Dr Tania Hingston (TAS TAC Chair)
  • Dr Margaret Harpham (Trainee Representative)



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