RANZCO is making important changes to the Vocational Training Program (VTP) and they affect the part Fellows and employers play in training the next generation of ophthalmologists. These changes take effect from the start of 2022.
Commencing 2022 and being rolled out over the next few years, the changes align the VTP to the RANZCO 2022 Curriculum Standards across the areas of assessments, examinations and training requirements. These changes will apply to trainees who have not satisfactorily completed an assessment, examination or training requirement at the time it changes. Trainees starting in 2022 will be the first cohort to complete Eye Camp, the RANZCO Induction Program.
What should be done next?
- Download and save the Information Flyer that outlines all changes commencing 2022.
- Review the RANZCO 2022 Curriculum Standards.
- For Fellows, visit and bookmark the Term Supervisor and Clinical Tutor Lounge. Closed to trainees, this is your access point for training and development materials and links to other important sites relevant to your role as Term Supervisor and Clinical Tutor.
- For Fellows and trainees, visit and bookmark the VTP Home – one location where Fellows and trainees can find the most current information given to them about assessments, examinations and other training requirements.
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An important change to note is that from 2023 onwards, only one sitting of each Basic Training Examination will take place each year. Some examples of changes which may have an impact on trainees include:
- If a trainee has not satisfactorily completed the Physiology examination before January 2023, they will be examined against the 2022 Curriculum Standards using the new multiple-choice question (MCQ) format, and only one sitting of the examination will be available in September of each year.
- If a trainee has not satisfactorily completed the RACE examination before January 2023, they will be examined against the 2022 Curriculum Standards.
Trainees will receive at least six months’ notice of any changes. The same communications will be sent to Fellows, CEOs and Directors of Medical Services.