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 task force 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 take two to three years to implement, with many recommendations already completed to date.
Information relating to the progress of the programmatic reform is available here:
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. Work on designing the various programs commenced in late 2016. The program groups operate in parallel but with differing commencement times, and are therefore at various stages of completion.
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. Work has progressed, with draft updated sections of the curriculum and draft assessment tools being developed and being made available for information or piloting in some areas.
Over the next 12 – 18 months material will become available for review, piloting or implementation and provided below.
Competencies for Early Training
Key Conditions Assessment (DRAFT)
Key Conditions Assessment Instructions and Evaluation Forms
Image Reading and Analysis / Clinical Decision-Making• Commenced
Foundation Sciences: Anatomy• Commenced
Foundation Sciences: AIT• Commenced
Procedures• Commencing 2018
Non-Medical Expert• Commencing 2018
Clinical Radiology Steering Committee Members: Chief Censor, A/Prof Dinesh Varma, Dr Meredith Thomas (CAC Chair), Dr Barry Soans (CRERP Chair), Dr Alexandria Taylor, Dr Graeme Anderson, Prof David Prideaux and Head of Specialty Training Mrs Pamela Spoors.
For information regarding the Education and Assessment Report, please contact the Manager Special Projects, Specialty Training.
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. Work on designing the various programs commenced in late 2016. The program groups operate in parallel but with differing commencement times, and are therefore at various stages of completion.
Over the next 12 – 18 months material will become available for review, piloting or implementation. Training sites, clinical supervisors and trainees would be directly notified prior to any changes to the training program being implemented that related to them.
The Basic Oncology Sciences Curriculum has been reviewed and updated:
Radiation and Cancer Biology
Oncology Sciences Workshop 2 Resource Pack
Anatomy / Contouring and Plan Evaluation
Contouring and Plan Evaluation (CPE) Assessment Tool - Draft
Tumour Site-specific Knowledge, Patient Assessment and Clinical decision making
General Oncology and Palliative / Supportive Care