Scholar role training

Scholar role training

The following scholar role training information applies for the 2017 hospital employment year (HEY).

 

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.

 

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.

Transition arrangements relating to option A and option B activities apply to:  

Trainees who are undertaking option A activities (that is, not applied for or completed an option B activity)

Requirements include:

  • Critical appraisal of a paper still needs to be completed by the end of basic training. Trainees in advanced training or provisional fellowship training at the start of the 2017 HEY should have completed this requirement in order to progress to advanced training. Any approved deferments that trainees have will remain unchanged.
  • The activities of teach a skill and facilitate a small-group discussion still need to be completed by the end of advanced training. Trainees in provisional fellowship training at the start of the 2017 HEY should have completed these requirements in order to progress to provisional fellowship training. Any approved deferments that trainees have will remain unchanged.
  • Trainees who completed basic training prior to the start of the 2017 HEY who have not completed the critical appraisal of a paper have until the end of PFT to complete this activity.
  • The activities of critical appraisal of a topic and complete an audit including a written report need to be completed by the end of provisional fellowship training. There is no recognition of prior learning or exemption process for completion of the audit activity, but trainees should note the improved audit requirements below.



Please note: Any trainees who have not applied for an option B activity by the start of the 2017 HEY, but would like to, must apply to the Scholar Role Sub-Committee by March 31, 2017, otherwise trainees must complete the scholar role activities as listed.

 
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Trainees who have applied for, completed or have an exemption for an option B activity. This includes all trainees who apply for an option B activity before March 31, 2017.

Requirements include:
  • The activities of teach a skill and facilitate a small-group discussion still need to be completed by the end of advanced training. Those in provisional fellowship training at the start of the 2017 HEY should have completed these requirements in order to progress to provisional fellowship training. Any approved deferments that trainees have will remain unchanged.

  • Any trainees who have applied for an option B activity must complete the option B activity by the end of provisional fellowship training.
  • Any trainees who wish to change any of the arrangements of their approved option B activity, or who no longer wish to complete the option B activity after March 31, 2017 must apply to the Scholar Role Sub-Committee for consideration.
Please note: Any trainees who have not applied for an option B activity by the start of the 2017 HEY, but would like to, must apply to the Scholar Role Sub-Committee by March 31, 2017, otherwise trainees must complete option A of the scholar role activities as listed in the above transition arrangement.
 

Option B activity applications

Examples of postgraduate and other courses that have received prospective approval are listed, however trainees are required to submit an application to the Scholar Role Sub-Committee by March 31, 2017 to undertake an option B activity.
 

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, however trainees should note 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.  

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.
 

New support resources

New resources are available to assist trainees complete the scholar role activities. The interactive, online module topics include:
  • Ten modules on critical appraisal, including basic statistics.
  • Three modules on learning and teaching.
  • One module on audit.
The scholar role support resources are located in the Anaesthesia Learning Network.
 

Further information

If you have any queries relating to the scholar role training, please: 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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