Training and Assessment Reform

RANZCR regularly reviews its education and training programs to ensure that the College is a model of best practice, is prepared for the future, and has fair, transparent processes.

In 2014, the College commissioned a review of its assessment and examination processes for Fellowship training.

The review was conducted jointly by David Prideaux, Emeritus Professor of Medical Education at Flinders University, and by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). The review’s purpose was to evaluate the quality and sustainability of RANZCR’s assessment and examination program and to recommend strategies for improvement.

After presenting the review to the College Board, Faculty Councils, and key stakeholders, a number of key challenges in training and assessment were identified, and strategies to implement changes were proposed and developed into a work plan for implementation.

A Taskforce reporting to the RANZCR Board has been established to oversee the implementation of the review and, in order to progress the recommendations for governance and programmatic assessment, steering committees have been established in each Faculty.

The Training and Assessment Reform project is expected to complete by end of 2020, with the new training program for both Faculties being launched in 2021.

Both Steering Committees are committed to establishing and implementing world-class training programs and accompanying redesigned curriculum framework for trainees in both specialities. The re-designed curriculum and assessment framework will train, assess and graduate competent clinical radiologist and radiation oncologist who will deliver optimal patient care.

Over the next 6 – 12 months, learning outcomes and some assessment tools will become available for stakeholder consultation and piloting. Training sites, clinical supervisors and trainees would be directly notified prior to any changes to the training program being implemented that related to them.

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Clinical Radiology

Under the guidance of the Faculty of Clinical Radiology Steering Committee, eight program working groups have been formed to undertake the education and assessment reforms for programmatic assessment.

  • Competencies for Early Training
  • Image Reading and Analysis / Clinical Decision-Making
  • Research
  • Foundation Sciences: Anatomy
  • Foundation Sciences: AIT
  • Pathology
  • Procedures
  • Non-Medical Expert

The program groups have been tasked with reviewing the current curriculum to bring it up to date with current practice, determine learning outcomes for the program, evaluate existing assessments aligned to the program and determine and develop the most appropriate assessment tools to measure the learning outcomes. The Steering Committee is currently consolidating recommendations put forward by the working groups into an overall program. Key to this work is ensuring that assessments are not onerous, are fit for purpose to measure identified outcomes and allow tracking of trainee progression.

Clinical Radiology Steering Committee Members: Dr Meredith Thomas (Chief Censor), Dr Barry Soans (CRERP Chair), Dr Alexandria Taylor, Dr Graeme Anderson, Prof David Prideaux, Dr Ben Addison (Trainee Representative) and Mrs Pamela Spoors (Head of Specialty Training).

Radiation Oncology

Under the guidance of the Faculty of Radiation Oncology Steering Committee, seven program working groups have been formed to undertake the education and assessment reforms for programmatic assessment.

  • Oncology Sciences
  • Anatomy / Contouring and Plan Evaluation
  • Tumour Site-specific Knowledge, Patient Assessment and Clinical decision making
  • General Oncology and Palliative / Supportive Care
  • Communicator/Collaborator
  • Scholar (SMART)
  • Leader/Professional/Health Advocate

The program groups have been tasked with reviewing the current curriculum to bring it up to date with current practice, determine learning outcomes for the program, evaluate existing assessments aligned to the program and determine and develop the most appropriate assessment tools to measure the learning outcomes.

The Steering Committee is at the final stage of consolidating the learning outcomes. The Syllabus is still aligned with CanMEDs roles but has been restructured with a focus on patient-centred care. It is expected the final draft will be released for stakeholder consultation in Quarter 2.

The Steering Committee is currently working on finalising the training framework, aligning to the learning outcomes. Most of the assessment tools and learning activities were developed, and will continue to be refined. Pilots of Oncology Sciences Workshops will continue within NZ and NSW networks, and will expand to other training networks during this year. Decision making points for trainees progression are being considered by the Steering Committee.

Radiation Oncology Steering Committee Members: A/Prof Margot Lehman (Chief Censor), Dr Matthew Seel, A/Prof Sandra Turner, Dr Yaw Chin, Prof David Prideaux, Dr Lucinda Burke (Trainee Representative) and Mrs Pamela Spoors (Head of Specialty Training)