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Podiatric Surgery Training Program
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Eligibility for Selection
Entry into the ACPS Training Program is highly competitive and applicants should be aware that not all podiatrists seeking admission will be successful in obtaining a training position. Presently in Australia, there are a limited number of training positions for podiatric surgeons. For this reason, only a small number of training positions may be available in any given year. It is possible that no training positions may be offered in some years.
When training positions become available they will be advertised on the ACPS website under Training Positions Availability. Training positions are usually based in a particular location (for example, Melbourne or Perth). Candidates who reside elsewhere would need to relocate to wherever the training position is for the duration of their training.
Selection into the Training Program is governed by the principles of equal opportunity, and will be based solely on merit. Where the ACPS is unable to identify appropriately qualified candidates to fill an available training position the place will remain vacant.
The selection process is designed to identify the abilities, qualifications, experience and emotional intelligence of applicants that would enable them to perform all the required duties of a podiatric surgical Registrar, achieve all the objectives of the Training Program and become a skilled and highly competent podiatric surgeon. An overview of the ACPS Selection Process is outlined below:
To be selected for a training (Registrar) position with the ACPS candidates must have confirmed eligibility for selection through the attainment of a list of minimum requirements. These required elements serve several purposes:
Selection will be based on performance in the required criteria of the selection process (outlined below).
The pre-requisite elements have been determined by the ACPS Selection Committee and Education Board. No application for admission into the Training Program can be considered unless all of the eligibility criteria are met by the applicant. Some candidates may have additional training or experience in podiatric surgery. This does not exempt candidates from fulfilling minimum eligibility criteria. Candidates are directed to the Process for Selection to the ACPS Training Program – Compendium for Candidates
1. Permanent Resident or Citizen of Australia or New Zealand
2. Registration with the Podiatry Board of Australia
3. Undertaking Endorsement for Scheduled Medicines
4. 2-Years Clinical Experience
5. Completed an Approved Master Degree
MSc Theory of Podiatric Surgery, Glasgow Caledonian Universityhttp://www.gcu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/courses/theory-of--podiatric-surgery--pt-9001.php?loc=uk
Master of Public Health, University of Newcastlehttp://gradschool.edu.au/programs/overview/master-public-health-11716
Master of Health Science (Podiatry), University of South Australiahttp://programs.unisa.edu.au/public/pcms/program.aspx?pageid=4462&sid=8080
6. Affiliate Membership with the ACPS
The ACPS offers a separate membership category – Affiliate Membership – to registered podiatrists who wish to gain broader clinical experience within a mentored environment, expand scope of practice and or develop skills that will assist an application into the Training Program. All candidates for the ACPS Training Program must obtain a basic familiarity with the ACPS and its work, including making contact with podiatric surgeons in order to gain an appreciation of the work of a podiatric surgeon. Candidates seeking Application for Registration for a Training Position must be a current affiliate member of the ACPS.
7. Curriculum Vitae
8. Podiatric Surgical Clinical Rotations
9. The ACPS Entrance Examination
10. Psychometric and Motor Skills Testing
Candidates must undertake the Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i®). The EQ-i® is a scientifically validated, widely used Emotional Intelligence assessment tool. It is based on more than 20 years of research. The EQ-i® examines an individual’s social and emotional strengths and weaknesses. Respondents self-report on their life and workplace performance in 15 key areas of emotional skill that have been proven to contribute to proficiency in complex activities such as conflict resolution and planning.
Candidates also have to perform the VTS MLS (Motor Performance Series) Test and VTS 2 HAND (Two-hand coordination) Test. The VTS MLS measures fine motor abilities through static and dynamic tasks for finger, hand and arm movement. The VTS 2HAND measures visuomotor coordination (eye-hand and hand-hand coordination). Candidates can obtain the location of approved testing sites from the ACPS Assistant Secretary