The AATP is the result of a decade of collaboration between AGES, RANZCOG, leading clinicians, trainees and researchers throughout Australia and New Zealand, and provides a template for the standardisation of training in advanced endoscopic surgery. The introduction of this program pre-empts the activities of other international societies, such as the American Association of Gynecological Laparosocpists (AAGL) and the European Society of Endoscopists (ESGE) process. As such, AGES is proud to be at the forefront of training in advanced endoscopic training on a global perspective.
Education Chair: Dr Stephen Lyons
The AGES Fellowship Program
AGES has introduced the program to facilitate endoscopic training in Australia and New Zealand. This program, conducted over two years, will assure consistency in trainee education, access to resources and remuneration. Individual training sites have been (and will be) approved by the AGES Education subcommittee, based on standardised criteria.
The responsibility of training will continue to rest with individual units and not AGES.
Why is the AGES Training Program Necessary?
AGES recognise the need for a standardised training program to facilitate endoscopic training in Australia and New Zealand. This will assure consistency in trainee education, access to resources and remuneration. Prospective trainees applying to a unit can be assured that their training will meet a minimum standard, that they will have access to appropriate facilities and that they will receive fair and equitable remuneration.
AGES will facilitate application to the training program by a central process to be advertised prior to the AGES Annual Scientific Meeting each year.
Interviews will take place during the March ASM and applicants must be registered delegates. Positions will be open to local and international graduates in a competitive application process.
AGES is not responsible for individual trainee appointments and training sites will appoint trainees directly subject to local jurisdiction.
Not a Subspecialty – Just Fair, Equitable & Standardised Training
AGES does not support the formation of a de-facto subspecialty. The AGES Fellowship training program merely formalises the existing training that occurs under the auspices of various dedicated individuals throughout Australia and New Zealand. There will be no degree awarded at the completion of the program.
1. Documentation Requirements
Each trainee will be required to complete the following assessments over each 6-month period of their training:
Form 1 - Training Assessment Record (TAR)
Online form to be submitted every 6 months by August 31 and February 28.
Form 2 - TAR Training Supervisor's Report
Online form to be submitted by Training Supervisors every 6 months. Once received by the AGES Secretariat this Form will be forwarded to the Training Director to enable completion of Form 3.
Form 3 - TAR Training Director's Summary
Online form to be submitted by the Training Director (after being discussed with the Trainee) every 6 months by August 31 and February 28. This form is a collation of all the training supervisors' reports (refer Form 2) which will be sent to the Training Director by the AGES Secretariat. Please do not submit Form 3 until you have received the copies of Form 2 from the AGES Secretariat.
Assessment of Procedural Skills (APS)
- Two summative APS online forms to be submitted by February 28 following completion of training
- One must be for total laparoscopic hysterectomy and the second can be any one of the following:
- Laparoscopic excision stage IV endometriosis
- Laparoscopic Pelvic Floor Repair
- Laparoscopic Myomectomy (an intramural myoma of >5cm diameter with layered suture repair)
- Laparoscopic lymphadenectomy
The research program is deemed automatically passed if the project is published in a peer reviewed journal, with the trainee as first author.
Where the trainee is not first author, submission for consideration of assessment will be required, including a statement to the Chairperson of Education as to the trainee’s role in the project. The trainee may be required to present their research and their roles, responsibilities and understanding of the principles of research to a panel to be chosen by the Chairperson of Education.
3. Presentation at a Scientific Meeting
- An AGES affiliated scientific meeting (ASM/Pelvic Floor/Focus)
- The AAGL annual meeting
- The ESGE annual meeting
- The BSGE annual meeting
- The FSA annual meeting
- The UGSA annual meeting
- The ASGO annual meeting
- The WES annual meeting
- The SEUD annual meeting
4. Trainee Recognition
Certificates of Recognition are awarded to each successful trainee at the AGES ASM in the year following the completion of their requirements. All trainees are expected to attend the ASM to receive the document.