Scholar role training

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Scholar role requirements for trainees starting in the 2017 hospital employment year

The following scholar role requirements apply to trainees who start in the 2017 hospital employment year (HEY) or later. More detail is provided in section 7.5 of the ANZCA Handbook for Training and Accreditation. The learning outcomes of the scholar role are located in section 1.6 of the ANZCA Training Program Curriculum.

The five core scholar role activities can be undertaken in introductory training (IT), basic training (BT), or advanced training (AT), however must be completed by the end of AT to progress to provisional fellowship training (PFT).

Complete any two of the five core scholar role activities by the end of BT, and complete the remaining activities by the end of AT.
Evaluation forms and accompanying guidelines for each activity are provided below.

  • 1. Critically appraise a paper published in a peer-reviewed indexed journal for internal assessment

  • 2. Teach a skill (with evaluation, feedback and reflection)

  • 3. Facilitate a small group discussion/ running a tutorial (with evaluation, feedback and reflection)

  • 4. Critically appraise a topic for internal evaluation and present it to the department

The above four activities will be completed under the supervision of department scholar role tutors (DSRTs) or their nominee.

  • 5. Complete an audit and provide a written report, which will be completed under the supervision of DSRTs only.

The remaining scholar role requirements are listed below and can be completed at any time in IT, BT, AT or PFT:

Attend regional or greater conferences / meetings

  • Attend two regional or greater conferences / meetings

Participate in existing quality assurance programs

  • Participate in 20 existing quality assurance programs (may include audit, critical incident monitoring, morbidity and mortality meetings


Evaluation forms and guidelines

These forms and guidelines are to be used by all trainees completing scholar role activities.


Recognition of prior learning and exemption from activities

Recognition of prior learning or exemption is available for four of the core scholar role activities, but not the audit activity. All trainees must complete the audit activity, noting the improved audit requirements.

The following forms can be used to prospectively apply for an activity to be completed during training, or to apply for recognition of a completed activity. Detailed requirements for RPL and exemptions are provided in section 7.5 of the ANZCA Handbook for Training and Accreditation. A list of pre-approved courses is available here.  

Improved audit requirements

Redefined audit scope
An audit should be able to be completed in a six-month placement without involving multiple trainees. Trainees are required to plan the audit, sample and evaluate against established criteria, and plan an intervention if indicated. Although not required to implement the intervention and re-sample, the trainee may decide to undertake re-sampling in provisional fellowship training.
The audit can be assessed by either the Scholar Role Sub-Committee, as it is today, or by the supervising department scholar role tutor. The decision will lie with the department scholar role tutor.

Greater flexibility in audit topic
Trainees may complete an audit of personal practice or contribute to a more significant departmental audit. Trainees must select the audit topic in consultation with the department scholar role tutor prior to commencing the audit. When consulting with the department scholar role tutor, trainees should confirm whether the department scholar role tutor is able to assess the audit, or if it will be submitted to the Scholar Role Sub-Committee for evaluation.

Reduced audit time requirement
The mandatory requirement for a trainee contributing a minimum of 100 hours has been removed due to the redefined scope of the audit activity. A trainee could complete a satisfactory audit within a six-month clinical placement with a commitment of one to two hours each week.
Rationalised reporting requirement
Trainees are required to provide a written report in the form outlined by the Standards for Quality Improvement Reporting Excellence (SQUIRE) 2.0 guidelines. Trainees should consider every SQUIRE item, but it may be inappropriate or unnecessary to include every SQUIRE element in the report, depending on the scope of the audit.


Transition arrangements

For trainees who commenced the training program prior to the 2017 HEY, transition arrangements relating to option A and option B activities apply and are located in Appendix 7 of the ANZCA Handbook for Training and Accreditation.
An extract of the previous scholar role requirements from the ANZCA training program Curriculum and ANZCA Handbook for Training and Accreditation is available for reference.


Completing Option B activities

Trainees who applied to complete an option B activity before March 31, 2017 and received approval from the Scholar Role Sub-Committee must submit one of the following forms when their activity is complete:  

Further information

If you have any queries relating to the scholar role training, please refer to the FAQs webpage or email the College at

Presentation: ANZCA Training Program improvements (2017) Scholar role and volume of practice requirements.

"Training program to get a facelift." ANZCA Bulletin, September 2016. 
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