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It is expected that SET Urology trainees will read widely to develop a sound knowledge base before commencing SET3. A text such as General Urology edited by Donald R. Smith provides a sound basic introduction, and the aim should be to have this text read before starting SET3.
Wider reading should then be undertaken throughout training as guided by the curriculum in the Portfolio, the Sectional education program, and clinical cases encountered in day to day work.
Campbells Urology is also a valuable resource that should be utilised by all trainees from SET3 onwards.
USANZ arranges an annual online subscription to the American Urological Association Updates and Self-Assessment Study Programme for each trainee in SET 3 - 6. Details regarding access will be provided by the Education and Training Manager.
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The Urology training curriculum is contained within the Modular Curriculum Portfolio. A copy of this is sent to all SET 3 trainees at the beginning of their training year. The objective of the Portfolio is to document transparently the expectations and objectives of the SET Programme in Urology. It is also hoped it will encourage the steady accumulation of knowledge throughout training. The Portfolio is a working document that is may change over time as scientific and social advances are made.
The Portfolio is subject based, and includes a variety of learning objectives, as well as reading lists and educational guides.
Trainees are expected to work progressively through the Portfolio from SET3 onwards to the time of sitting the Fellowship examination. Each trainee is expected to demonstrate, through signatures within the Portfolio, they are following a structured personal educational program.
To address every topic within the Portfolio at an introductory and then at an advanced level during a two year study period requires addressing six topics per week. Many are minor or technical, and can be addressed in no more than five minutes during a ward round, an outpatient clinic, or an operating list. Major ones may require an organised teaching session.
Trainees should carry the booklet on a regular basis, and avail themselves of every learning opportunity using the Portfolio as a guide.
The Portfolio is designed to be a learning tool for all trainees and supervisors and should be used for education and personal development on a regular basis. Though completion is not a mandatory requirement, it should guide trainees through the curriculum, and act as a testament to their commitment to the learning process.
Modular Curriculum Portfolio
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