Asian Transition Working Group formed
A working group has been formed to consult with Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore Fellows and trainees about ANZCA training from 2013.
The establishment of the Asian Transition Working Group, chaired by ANZCA Vice-President, Dr Genevieve Goulding, was one of several decisions made at the ANZCA Council’s June meeting.
The composition and terms of reference of the Asian Transition Working Group can be found here.
Other recommendations affecting existing trainees in Asia that were passed at the June Council include:
1. From the start of the 2013 hospital employment year (HEY), until ANZCA ceases training in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore (yet to be determined), the following aspects of the training program are unchanged from 2012 requirements:
- Prevocational Medical Education and Training (PMET).
- Selection of trainees.
- Modules 1 to 12 and the formal project.
- Clinical experience requirements in anaesthesia, intensive care medicine and anaesthesia-related specialties.
- Trainee portfolio.
- Program structure and length, being five years divided into basic training and advanced training, with the option to remain in advanced training year 3 (ATY3) or, with prospective approval from the Director of Professional Affairs (Assessor), to undertake a Provisional Fellowship Program.
- Beyond level 1 supervision assessment requirement.
- Progression from basic to advanced training.
- Flexible training options including provisions for part-time training and interrupted training (except as limited by the sunset clause, yet to be advised).
- The trainees experiencing difficulty process.
- The trainee performance review (TPR) process.
- Supervisory roles (supervisors of training, module supervisors, national education officers, formal project officers).
- Requirements for Effective Management of Anaesthetic Crises (EMAC) or Early Management of Severe Trauma (EMST).
- The admission to fellowship process.
- Processes for reconsideration and review, and appeals.
2. Candidates will be able to sit the current-format primary examination in the first sitting in 2013, either both parts or one part if a partial pass is already carried over from 2012. No partial passes will be allowed to be carried from the first sitting of 2013 to the second sitting. From the second sitting in 2013, only the “new” primary examination will be offered
3. The written components of the primary examination will continue to be held in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. The “new” primary viva component will be held in Hong Kong in the second half of 2013. Arrangements for 2014 onwards will be reviewed and advised.
4. The written papers and medical viva components of the final examination will be held in Hong Kong in 2013. Arrangements for 2014 onwards will be reviewed and advised. As currently, the anaesthesia viva component of the final examination will continue to be held only in Australia.
5. A limit on the maximum number of examination attempts will be set, being five for the primary examination and seven for the final examination. The details of how this will apply to those who have already attempted and are yet to pass either examination will be advised.
6. The regional training committees in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore, and trainee representation from the three countries on the ANZCA Trainee Committee will continue for the 2013 calendar year. Arrangements for 2014 onwards will be reviewed and advised.
Inquiries from trainees wanting to clarify their individual requirements should be emailed to the director of professional affairs (assessor) at email@example.com.