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The Selection Process

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  • Selection process components 
  • Capping of applications 
  • Competitive process 
  • Preferencing 
  • The selection score 
  • Weighting of scoring
  • CV/application scoring guidelines
  • Referee reports
  • Situational Judgement Tests 
  • Institutional References (IRs) and recommendation for training
  • Shortlisting for interview
  • The intervew - location and timing
  • Offers - allocation of state/region of training
  • Local matching - Preferencing and matching to a specific ITP and/or hospital post
  • Hospital employment

Selection process components


The RANZCOG Selection Process is divided into three (3) components:

  • New Zealand - Selection for training in NZ
  • Australia - Phase 1 - Selection for Provincial Training Program (Dubbo/Orange, NSW), Integrated Training Program (Newcastle, NSW), ACT, Tasmania.
  • Australia - Phase 2 - Selection for remaining Australian states/territories 

Candidates may apply for selection in all three of the above components, or just two, or just one eg selection in ACT (part of Phase 1) and QLD (part of Phase 2).  However, candidates will only be offered a training position ONCE.  If you accept or decline a position in an earlier component, you will NOT be considered for a training post in a subsequent one. If you accept or decline a training position in New Zealand, you are automatically ineligible for selection in Australia. If you accept or decline the offer of a position in Australia – Phase 1, you are automatically ineligible for selection in Australia – Phase 2.

Important: If you are not successful in obtaining a position in New Zealand, you can apply for selection in Australia. (If shortlisted, this would involve another interview.) If you are not successful in Australia - Phase 1, you are still eligible for selection in Australia - Phase 2. This would not require a further interview. Your Phase 1 scoring will also count for Phase 2 selection.

Phase 1 conditions: 

Phase 1 positions are considered and offered with the following conditions:

  • You will only receive ONE offer of a post on the training program. An applicant who is offered a position for Phase 1 will be excluded from the remaining Phase 2  trainee selection process regardless of acceptance/rejection of the offer.
  • Transfers from Phase 1 to Phase 2 training posts during Core Training WILL NOT be considered.
  • Upon commencement of the training program, the training /assessment requirements for all posts are identical, irrespective of whether you entered via Phase 1 or Phase 2.

Capping of applications


From 2016 onwards, applicants cannot apply for the RANZCOG Training Program more than three times. This cap will not be retrospectively applied. 2016 will mark the ‘first’ application by all candidates.

Competitive process


Each stage of the FRANZCOG Training Selection Process is highly competitive.  Throughout the selection process the College bases its assessment of each candidate on the consistent criteria listed in the above linked document RANZCOG Eligibility and Selection Criteria.

Applicants are advised that for every training post available the College averages approximately three applicants. The potential success rate is approximately 30%. 

Preferencing


Preferencing for New Zealand: applicants may preference up to three preferred Integrated Training Programs (Northern, Central, Southern).

Preferencing for Australia - Phase 1: applicants may preference a single region/Integrated Training Program (ITP) only (eg PTP - Dubbo/Orange, NSW, ITP - Newcastle, or ACT, or Tasmania)

Preferencing for Australia - Phase 2: applicants may preference up to three preferred states/territories.  

Note: If applying for both Phase 1 and Phase 2 in Australia, applicants will be required to indicate their preferences for both (as per the above). 

The Selection Score


Applicants to the RANZCOG Training Program are ranked according to a selection score based on pre-defined objective criteria outlined in the RANZCOG Eligibility and Selection Criteria icon RANZCOG Eligibility and Selection Criteria (212.12 kB) . Assessment is of the following three components:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) as presented in the online application form

  • Referee reports - scored objectively by the referees according to specified criteria. Referee scoring will include a hospital-based ranking of pre-vocational O&G training. 
  • The Interview - using a standardised format and predetermined scoring guidelines

Weighting of scoring


Selection for interview
50% CV/application, 50% referee report

Selection for position on training program
25% CV/application, 25% referee report, 50% interview

CV/application scoring guidelines


Information on criteria, categories and content of the CV/application form.

icon CV/application form scoring guidelines (78.62 kB) 

Referee reports


Referees will be contacted automatically upon submission of the application form. They will be linked to an online referee form that must be completed by the stipulated deadline. 

The following categories may be covered in the online form:

Clinical Expertise and Technical Skills

  • Clinical Expertise
  • Technical Ability
  • Emergency Management Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Prioritisation

Communication and Interactional Skills

  • Communication with Patients
  • Communication with Colleagues and Team Members
  • Written Communication
  • Leadership
  • Professional Integrity
  • Responsibility and Initiative
  • Response to constructive criticism
  • Insight and Limitations

Scholar and Teacher

  • Experiential Learning
  • Teaching
  • Suitability for training
  • Suitability for future employment

In addition to submitted referee reports, scoring for this section of the process will include a hospital-based ranking of the candidate's pre-vocational O&G training.

Situational Judgement Tests (SJTs) 


All applicants will be required to complete a Situational Judgement Test (SJT) in 2016. Dates for this year are 3 June (AU) and 30/31 May (NZ) in various centres in Australia and New Zealand. SJTs will be held after the closing date of applications and prior to being notified if shortlisted for interview. It is the responsibility of applicants to make the appropriate travel arrangements and to meet any costs incurred in undertaking the SJT and in attending the interview if shortlisted. Please note that the results of the SJT pilot will not contribute to the scoring in the national selection process for 2016.

Venues* in 2016:

  • New Zealand - Wellington 
  • Australia - Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Townsville

* Note: SJT venues may vary.

Institutional References and Recommendation for Training


In addition to the three scored components of the selection process (CV/application, referee reports and interview), Institutional References (IR) and recommendation for training will be used as a further tool to assist in shortlisting for interview and may contribute to allocation of state/region posts. As part of the selection cycle, the College will contact sites where applicants have indicated that they have spent a minimum of 6 months (21 clinical weeks) in a prevocational O&G position within the last two years (up to and including August of the year of application). Sites are given the opportunity to rank applicants as well as provide recommendation for suitability to FRANZCOG training. Note: IRs are used in the Australian selection cycle only, not in New Zealand.

Shortlisting for interview


Both the application CV and Referee report scores (including hospital ranking) will be used to generate a short list and select for interview. A predefined percentage of applicants will be shortlisted for interview. 

Important: If you are not successful in obtaining a position in New Zealand, you can apply for selection in Australia. (If shortlisted, this would involve another interview.) If you are not successful in Australia - Phase 1, you are still eligible for selection in Australia - Phase 2. This would not require a further interview. Your Phase 1 scoring will also count for Phase 2 selection.

The Interview - location and timing


The College endeavours to interview successful applicants in their state of first preference (for Phase 2) except where an applicant has preferenced Phase 1. Interviews for Phase 1: ACT, ITP – Newcastle, and PITP – Orange will be held in NSW. Interviews for Phase 1: Tasmania will be held in Tasmania. 

Both Phase 1 and Phase 2 Australian interviews - 5 August 2016

New Zealand interviews - 30 & 31 May 2016

All interviews need to be conducted in person; phone interviews are not permissible unless exceptional circumstances apply (eg candidate is overseas with Medecins Sans Frontieres).

Offers - Allocation of state of training


A ranking of applicants will be generated from a combination of all three components of the selection score (CV/Application, Referee reports and Interview score).

An allocated state of training will be offered to applicants in order of rank and preference.

Applicants will be given 48 hours to accept the offer of Allocated State of Training. If they accept the offer, they are also agreeing to the result of any matching process to hospitals within that state.

If there is a refusal of an offer, the highest ranked applicant nationally, who has not yet been offered a training place will be offered that position.

IMPORTANT: Only ONE offer will be made to each successful applicant. Applicants who decline that one offer will NOT be offered any other position.

Local matching - Preferencing and matching to a specific Integrated Training Program (ITP) and/or hospital post


An Integrated Training Program (ITP) is a group of hospitals in which trainees rotate in order to obtain Core Training (ie years 1 - 4 of the FRANZCOG Training Program).

Once all the training places have been accepted, those states with more than one ITP will undertake a matching process in which the selected applicants will be allocated a specific ITP and/or hospital, it will be the applicant's responsibility to finalise employment arrangements with the relevant employing body. In the event that an applicant is unable to secure employment, the offer of a position on the training program will lapse.

Hospital employment


Once selected into a state training program, it will be the applicant’s responsibility to secure employment at an accredited hospital. In the event that an applicant is unable to secure employment, the offer of a training position will lapse.

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