Programmatic Assessment Webinar Series

13 April 2021 - 29 April 2021
Venue - Online

The College is hosting a series of two webinars designed to provide RANZCR supervisors with an overview of programmatic assessment, a key evaluation concept in the Enhanced Training Program to be launched in 2022.

Clinical Supervisors will have a more defined role in the Enhanced Training Program, therefore we encourage all Directors of Training and Clinical Supervisors to participate in both sessions. The webinars will be co-facilitated by Dr Julie Ash from the Prideaux Centre for Research in Health Professions Education, Flinders University, and Dr Brendan Grabau, a change management and leadership consultant in the postgraduate medical education and training space, and currently, interim Training Advisor to RANZCR.

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Clinical Radiology

Session One: Tuesday 13 April  Session Two: Tuesday 20 April

Radiation Oncology

Session One: Thursday 22 April  Session Two: Thursday 29 April

All sessions will take place between 11am and 1pm AEST

What is Programmatic Assessment?

Programmatic assessment moves away from focusing on individual barrier or summative assessments and is a move toward a suite of assessment components that contribute to a complete view of the learner. A single assessment or even several equivalent assessments will not provide information for a complete picture. Programmatic assessment provides a feasible framework for utilising a combination of methods that counters the limitations of individual assessment tools to gather information about a learner and to create an overall global view of the learner.  

A global view enables and informs decision-making about a learner. Programmatic assessment considers a range of assessment tasks across a continuum of low to high stakes assessment.  

Session One Outline

Introduction to programmatic assessment

  • What it is and how it works
  • A part of postgraduate medical education and training and its introduction to training programs in Australia and New Zealand. 

Workplace based assessment (WBAs) 

  • How WBAs fit into programmatic assessment
  • Purpose and how they are used
  • Collection of multiple assessment points to form an overall view.

RANZCR programmatic assessment and the Enhanced Training Program

  • Introduction for 2022 RANZCR WBAs
  • Quantitative and qualitative aspects. 

WBAs and supervision of trainees

Session Two Outline

Practical applications of programmatic assessment 

  • How to give feedback
  • Principles of feedback in WBAs
  • Preparing for feedback
  • The feedback session.

Trainees experiencing challenging situations 

  • Trainees with technical issues
  • Trainees with adaptive challenges: Below standard performance; unconsciously incompetent trainees; lack of insight; trainees experiencing emotional or physical impairment.

Tips and strategies for effective feedback sessions

Need assistance?

Contact Leona MacKenzie, Project Officer Specialty Training Unit, at