COVID-19 - Important information for trainees

The rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic is, understandably, impacting training activities as the college prioritises the safety of patients, candidates and examiners. The information below is current as of 30 March 2020. Please check back here regularly for updated information regarding your training.

We recognise that there will most likely be changes to trainee rotations and diversion of clinicians from allocated rotations to undertake activities essential to maintaining care of patients over the coming months. There will likely be an impact on trainees in regard to meeting their volume of practice/clinical experience requirements. 
 
We're holding meetings to discuss potential impacts and to develop a plan to assist those affected by changes, and will keep trainees updated through the website and regular email communications. In the meantime, we recommend that all trainees read the following information:
 

Key impacts on training

On 24 March, we released a list of potential impacts to training and ANZCA’s adopted position. The position published here on the ANZCA website will be the most up to date and supersedes any advice provided at a local health service by supervisors of training and others. It will be updated over time.
 

What has guided our decisions?

We have developed a number of overarching educational principles that have guided our decision-making in relation to education and training during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 

Guidance on workplace-based assessments during COVID-19

ANZCA has received a number of questions about workplace based assessments (WBAs) during COVID-19 and for the 2020 training year.  The college has approved that infection control specialists can complete relevant nonspecific WBAs for trainees during the 2020 training year. For more information, please click here 

 

Exams and assessments postponed

On 18 March we informed ANZCA and FPM trainees and fellows that all exams and assessments scheduled for April and May have been postponed. The full communication can be seen here.

We are acutely aware of the enormous effort that candidates have invested in preparing for the May exams, and the significant stress associated with the uncertainty as to whether the exams will proceed as planned. We are also aware of the significant stress being experienced across the health system in responding to the COVID-19 situation.
 
With the wellbeing and welfare of our trainees in mind, and an understanding that they may be required to undertake duties outside their expected training, the Primary Exam Sub-Committee, the Final Exam Sub-Committees and ANZCA Council made the decision to postpone the May exams.

Similarly, FPM has made the decision to postpone the April sitting of the external long case assessment, and advises that some pain medicine units may close. We will continue to monitor the situation but anticipate that the September sitting of the assessment will proceed normally.
 

Other important information relating to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation. We are working collaboratively with other specialist colleges and societies in Australia and New Zealand and internationally with the intent to share knowledge and respond to the needs of health professionals.

Our Communications Team is providing daily updates on key developments affecting our trainees and fellows, as well as the work we're doing behind the scenes to support the health and wellbeing of medical practitioners and the patients under their care during this unprecedented crisis.

The ANZCA Library is compiling clinical resources to support your preparation for high risk and or sero-positive COVID-19 patients Please make sure that you are aware of any guidance available from your department, institution, state or national bodies and be alert to changing advice. 

Both of these are linked from the ANZCA website homepage, so we woul;d encorage you to check back daily.

 

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