Trainees in obstetric medicine
SOMANZ will issue the Obstetric Medicine Certificate to Advanced Trainees who complete the SOMANZ recommended training. This is not recognised as a separate or additional qualification by the RACP. The supervision of the SOMANZ recommended Obstetric Medicine training is still undertaken by the General and Acute Care Medicine ATC. For this reason, all trainees will have to prospectively apply for recognition of Obstetric Medicine training through the General and Acute Care Medicine ATC. Trainees currently training in another speciality, such as Endocrinology or Nephrology, will still need to apply to both the ATC in General and Acute Care Medicine and to their usual Advanced Training Committee for accreditation of the 12 months of Obstetric Medicine training. Trainees are not required to complete dual training in general medicine and their subspecialty.
For General and Acute Care Medicine trainees, 6 of the 12 months of Obstetric Medicine is able to be accredited as core training for the specialty of General and Acute Care medicine as a Group 'B' rotation. The remaining 6 months of Obstetric Medicine may be eligible to count towards non-core training for General and Acute Care Medicine. For trainees of other subspecialties, it will be up to the individual Advanced Training Committee as to whether the Obstetric Medicine training will be accredited as core or non-core training for that specialty.
Some sites are only accredited for 6 months training in obstetric medicine for the SOMANZ Obstetric Medicine Certificate. These sites usually do not have neonatal intensive care units and do not care for very preterm pregnancies. Hence another 6 months is required at a site where the full range of obstetric medical complications can be managed, in all stages of pregnancy. Accredited sites are listed on the “Obstetric Medicine Training” web page.
It is compulsory for trainees to complete a project relevant to the area of Obstetric Medicine during their advanced training. This project must be assessed as satisfactory by the General and Acute Care Medicine ATC or the SOMANZ Council. Details on the requirements for satisfactory projects and how to submit them to the General and Acute Care Medicine ATC can be found in the PREP Advanced Training in General and Acute Care Medicine Program Requirements Handbook on the RACP website.
Trainees must be a financial member of SOMANZ during the year of their Obstetric Medicine training and must attend an Annual Scientific Meeting of a society whose focus is on medical disorders of pregnancy, for example, SOMANZ, ISOM, ISSHP, ADIPS. Attendance at an Annual Scientific Meeting preferably should be in the year of their Obstetric Medicine training, however can be in any year of their advanced training.
In order to be awarded certification in Obstetric Medicine training by SOMANZ, trainees must send the following to the SOMANZ Secretariat via email at firstname.lastname@example.org of the following:
- Acknowledgment from the General and Acute Care Medicine ATC of satisfactory final supervisors reports in Obstetric Medicine
- Acknowledgement from the General and Acute Care Medicine ATC of completion of a satisfactory project in the area of Obstetric Medicine
- Receipt from SOMANZ for payment of financial membership for the year of training
- Copy of certificate of attendance at an Annual Scientific Meeting of a society whose focus is on medical disorders of pregnancy
SOMANZ will recognise individuals as an “Obstetric Physician” based on successful completion of their RACP training and the issuing of the SOMANZ Obstetric Medicine certificate.
As yet Obstetric Medicine is not recognised by AHPRA or MCNZ as a separate specialty.