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The Auckland Academic Programme

Gary Cheung

The Director of our Academic Programme is Dr Gary Cheung.
You can contact him here: Gary's email or via Rosalynn. He's based at the MHSOP team at Greenlane.

Attendance at a formal educational programme throughout the five years of College training is an RANZCP requirement. The Auckland training scheme 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.

  • Stage 1 (1st year trainees)
  • Stage 2 (2nd year trainees)
  • Stage 2 (3rd year trainees)
  • Stage 3 (4th and 5th year trainees)

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. 

‚ÄčThere 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. Please refer to the Reimbursed Expenses document for details. This is the NRA reimbursement claim form - and Whangarei trainees apply to Northland DHB. Several of the Australian and NZ Directors of Training have put together an overarching "Reccommended Reading" list which is on the College website here. This is more comprehensive than our local NZ version, but be aware that only the items on our local list have been approved within NZ for reimbursement by the NRA or Northland DHB. 

Study groups and pre-exam help

You can arrange with Rosalynn, our Administrator, to use the Training Centre after hours. If your group is meeting during working hours you'll also need to organise this with Rosalynn to make sure there's a free room.

The Stage 2 (3rd-year) and Stage 3 programmes contain a number of exam-oriented sessions. We run a Mock Written exam twice a year - we only write one Mock paper for the January sitting of this though as it's a huge undertaking, and use the same paper again prior to the August 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 is essential.

Attendance at the Teaching Programme and Personalised Study Plans

As above, attendance is very important, and the DHBs require you to either attend your teaching day, 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.

What should you do if you can't attend on a teaching day?
You need to let Rosalynn know by email or phone, as she keeps attendance registers which are forwarded to the RMO Coordinators for the DHBs. Please note, however, that your consultant being away or asking you to cover, or your workplace being really busy, are not reasons to miss teaching. It's the responsibility of your team manager and consultant to arrange cover as needed and attendance at teaching is both a right and a requirement of the College. Contact your Training Facilitator or Felicity if you're having any problems of this sort.

What about trainees in Northland?
You can videoconference in to a lot of the teaching sessions using a system called Zoom. You need to liaise with Gary Cheung about the details once the timetable is posted, as some sessions will lend themselves to Zooming in, but the more interactive sessions will need to be attended to get the full benefit. Liaise with Gary about this before the semester starts, and if you're Zooming in, drop Rosalynn an email about it a few days before the session so she knows to set up the system for Zoom and to send you the handouts beforehand. If you're new to using Zoom for videoconferencing please read this attached handout about how to set it up on your PC or iPad etc., and the numbers for different teaching years. It's free, and reasonably easy to set up.

How we notify everyone about the academic timetable

Exact 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 3 programme spans 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.

It pays to check this website page each Monday or Tuesday as updates are often done on Sundays.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Gary Cheung, the Academic Programme Director

New Registrar Orientation Teaching Schedule Jan-Feb 2019
Academic Programme Timetables: First Term 2019

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.

Wednesdays: Stage 2 Trainees (2nd Years) first semester 2019 (Main teaching room) 

Wednesdays: Stage 2 Trainees (3rd Years) first semester 2019 (Main teaching room) 

Thursdays: Stage 1 Trainees (1st years) first semester 2019 (Main teaching room)

Thursdays: Stage 3 Trainees first semester 2019 (Room 602)

Mock OSCEs March 2019 Schedule

Academic Programme Timetables: Second Term 2019
TIMETABLES FOR THE SECOND TEACHING SEMESTER IN 2019 - will be loaded closer to June
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. 

Wednesdays: Stage 2 Trainees (2nd Years) second semester 2019 (Main teaching room)

Wednesdays: Stage 2 Trainees (3rd years) second semester 2019 (main teaching room)

Thursdays: Stage 1 Trainees (1st years) second semester 2019 (Main teaching room)

Thursdays: Stage 3 Trainees second semester 2019 (Room 602)

Mock OSCEs Aug 2019 Schedule
 Collated 2017 programmes as a guide to the content of our programme.