The Northern Region Academic Programme
The Director of our Academic Programme is
Attendance at a formal educational course (FEC) throughout the five years of College training is an RANZCP requirement. The Northern Region Training Programme runs teaching programmes for the different years of training. These are on a "day release" system, which means a whole day per week is given over to teaching across two roughly 12-week university-style semesters, with a 2-week mid-semester break and a 6-week mid-year break.
The 2012 Regulations Syllabuses
The College has coded these with acronyms to indicate which topics are regarded as most important in each Stage of Training. In the versions below the "importance acronyms" are additionally colour-coded to make them easier to use.
There isn't a Stage 3 syllabus - the College expects knowledge from the Stage 1 and 2 syllabuses to be deepened and consolidated in Stage 3.
What else should you read during your training?
Obviously you'll accumulate notes from the teaching sessions, read some of the main journals and take part in Journal Clubs within your DHBs. Teachers of the various sessions may also recommend references or reading material. We have a local dropbox site run by Gary Cheung which stores lots of teaching resources and handouts. Gary will arrange access for any new trainee joining the programme - just email Gary to request this.
We also have a reading list of reimbursed texts which provides guidance. You can download it here: Reimbursed Expenses. You'll note that there are other reimbursable expenses on this document, e.g. your College fees, some conference or course costs and Advanced Training expenses as well.
Study groups and pre-exam help
You can arrange with Fiona to access the Training Centre after hours. If your group is meeting during working hours, you'll definitely need to organise this in advance with Fiona to make sure there's a free room.
The Stage 2 and Stage 3 programmes contain some exam-oriented sessions. We run a Mock Written exam twice a year - we only write one Mock paper for the August sitting though as it's a huge undertaking, and we use the same paper again prior to the Feb/March Writtens. There are some pre-exam courses - all are commercially run from Australia and are either face-to-face or on-line, the main two being listed at the end of our 'Reimbursed Expenses' list above. There are also Clinical exam-oriented sessions in the academic programme, including a Mock OSCE twice a year.
Is there any fee for the academic programme?
The Academic Programme is funded partly from HWNZ subsidies paid to the University of Auckland, partly from time and effort donated by psychiatrists and other clinicians around Auckland, and via a little top-up funding from the Auckland and Northland DHBs. Currently, trainees are not charged any fees. Please note that we rely on the goodwill and interest of numerous teachers to make the teaching programme viable, so good attendance and participation is essential.
Attendance at the Teaching Programme and Personalised Study Plans
Attendance is very important (and that includes attendance for Zoom teaching sessions). The DHBs require you to either attend your teaching day (in person or via Zoom), or to be studying according to an Individual Study Plan agreed with Gary, or to be on approved leave/night-duty, on any given teaching day. The College requires regular attendance for at least 75% of the sessions. Teaching during the Covid pandemic might sometimes be via Zoom - you'd be notified about that by email. Here's a handout about how to set up Zoom on your PC or mobile device.
What should you do if you can't attend on a teaching day?
What about trainees in Northland?
How we notify everyone about the academic timetable
We email each class weekly with Zoom dial-in details and session handouts. The details of session schedules, dates and presenters in the academic programme are finalised a while before each teaching semester begins (semesters start about the initial week of March and the last week of July). The programme changes a little each year, according to the availability of presenters, and the Stage 2 and 3 programmes each span a 2-year cycle. As each term progresses the programme often alters slightly. These changes are shown on this website as below, and on the Training Centre noticeboard.
TIMETABLES FOR THE FIRST SEMESTER 2023 NOW LOADED
Remember to R-click and hit refresh or reload on your browser when you have the timetable page in front of you if you last checked the timetables quite recently - otherwise the old version, not the latest update, will come up again. Hitting refresh or reload x 2 also loads the page properly.
TIMETABLES FOR THE SECOND SEMESTER 2023 NOW LOADED
VENUE - AT THE GREENLANE TRAINING CENTRE, OR AS NOTIFIED
Collated 2017 programmes as a guide to the content of our programme.