A certified COGU sub-specialist is competent in all aspects of ultrasound diagnosis relating to obstetrics and gynaecology, including ultrasound-guided interventional diagnostic and therapeutic techniques.
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|Obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound|
|The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG)|
|A certified COGU sub-specialist is competent in all aspects of ultrasound diagnosis relating to obstetrics and gynaecology, including ultrasound-guided interventional diagnostic and therapeutic techniques.|
|To be eligible to apply to join a subspecialty training program in Australia or New Zealand, doctors must have successfully completed and been accredited with at least 138 weeks FTE of satisfactory Core Training, passed the MRANZCOG/FRANZCOG Written Examination, passed the MRANZCOG/FRANZCOG Oral Examination, or have applied to sit the FRANZCOG Oral Examination to be held in the first half of the year in which they intend to apply to join a subspecialty training program, or have obtained the FRANZCOG.
Doctors must also possess general medical registration in the relevant state or territory with no restrictions, conditions, undertakings or any other limitations that would adversely impact on or limit their ability to train towards and ultimately act as a obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound specialist.
Trainees can apply in year 4 of core training to commence sub-specialty training in year 5. Successful completion of all core training requirements, including advanced surgical skills or satisfactory completion of the research component of the FRANZCOG training program (for trainees who commenced FRANZCOG training on or after 1 December 2013), must be achieved before obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound training can commence in year 5.
|Fellowship of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRANZCOG)|
|The COGU Sub-specialty Committee will advertise annually (in the January, February and March issues of the Training and Assessment Bulletin and Collegiate, and the March issue of O&G Magazine) for prospective COGU trainees to apply for a position in the COGU sub-specialty training program, which leads to certification as a sub-specialist in obstetrical and gynaecological ultrasound.
Candidates are strongly advised to review the following areas:
- Surgical pathology
- Fetal physiology
- Ethics (as applied to obstetrical and gynaecological ultrasound)
These areas must be known at the level required for MRANZCOG and at the applied specialty tertiary referral level.
Candidates must be well acquainted with public health and social concerns in the sub-specialty, including those concerns related to the role of ultrasound in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, urogynaecology and gynaecological oncology.
Candidates should be familiar with current literature that is relevant to the obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound discipline.
Candidates must be able to monitor and manage their own and their institution’s practices, carry out their own research studies, and analyse the work of others critically. The candidate must therefore have a thorough practical understanding of the statistical and managerial methods used in the field.
|In-hospital clinical assessment: $370
Sub-specialties written examination: $1,330
Sub-specialties oral examination: $3,150
|A three-year program with a minimum of 18 months of the overall clinical program must be undertaken in an accredited clinical O&G ultrasound position within a public hospital in Australia or New Zealand.
For the purposes of training, trainees must personally perform:
- A minimum of 300 procedures over three years full-time training including at least:
- 100 amniocentesis
- 100 CVS
- 100 tubal assessments/other gynaecological procedures
- A minimum of 2,000 scans per year in years 1 and 2 full-time including at least:
- 500 mid-trimester scans per year
- 500 gynaecological scans per year
- A minimum of 300 twelve-week/nuchal translucency (NT) scans over three years full-time training
- A minimum of 20 neonatal head scans over three years full-time training
- A minimum of 50 upper abdominal scans over three years full-time training
|January–March for following year.|
|Year 4–5 FRANZCOG training|