• Interruption, Retrospective Recognition and Withdrawal of Training

    Interruption of Training

    Retrospective Recognition of Local Training & Overseas Qualification

    Withdrawal from Basic Surgical Training


    INTERRUPTION OF TRAINING

    Basic Surgical Training may be interrupted for rotation to a non-recognized training center or for other reasons. It is the responsibility of trainee to note the following scenarios and the need for pre-approval from the respective Surgical College & the Accreditation Committee of the HKICBSC.


    Conditions of interruption of training:

    • Less than 30 calendar days out of a 6-month training period

    Trainees are allowed to have their training interrupted without pre-approval if the period is less than 30 calendar days out of a 6-month training period. The 6-month training period will be counted provided that the performance of training during the period is up to the satisfaction of mentors. Trainees are NOT required to compensate for the stipulated training requirements and no remedial training is required.

    • More than 30 calendar days out of a 6-month training period

    Trainees are required to obtain pre-approval from the respective Surgical College & the Accreditation Committee of HKICBSC if their discontinuity of training is more than 30 calendar days. Such interruption can only be granted for good reasons like sickness or maternity leave. Within that 6-month period, the months of training undertaken can only be counted if trainees provide satisfactory assessment documentations. Trainees are required to compensate for the stipulated training requirements. Remedial training is not required.

    • More than 12 months

    Trainees are required to obtain pre-approval from the respective Surgical College & the Accreditation Committee of HKICBSC. They need to make up for the deficit and take remedial training in addition to their normal period of training.

    • Research/Higher Degree

    Trainees are required to obtain pre-approval from the respective Surgical College & the Accreditation Committee of HKICBSC before they are allowed to have their training interrupted for a maximum of 12 months for the purpose of doing research.


    Pre-approval is required for any interruption of training for more than 30 calendar days. For those who fail to obtain pre-approval from the Accreditation Committee, it will constitute grounds for disqualification from the training programme. Pre-approval could be waived on medical grounds on a case-by-case basis, subject to approval by the Accreditation Committee of HKICBSC. According to the Regulations of MHKICBSC Examination, all basic trainees are required to complete all Parts of the MHKICBSC Examination within a maximum period of 4 years counting from the first day of basic training. Thus, the interrupted period can be exempted from this 4-year limit only under the condition that the interruption of training has been pre-approved.


    If a trainee did not obtain prior approval from the respective College & the Accreditation Committee for their interruption of training, the interrupted period will be counted in the 4-year limit. HKICBSC will not take any

    responsibility if a trainee is disqualified from sitting for MHKICBSC Examination under such circumstances. A trainee may also be disqualified from the basic training programme if they did not seek prior approval for their

    interruption of training.


    Trainees are not allowed to have their training interrupted within 6 months prior to examination.


    Application is reviewed by the Accreditation Committee of HKICBSC on case by case basis. The final decision is subject to the discretion of the Accreditation Committee of HKICBSC.


    RETROSPECTIVE RECOGNITION OF LOCAL TRAINING & OVERSEAS QUALIFICATION

    For local trainees:

    HKICBSC will NOT accept any retrospective recognition of training experience obtained in Hong Kong since HKICBSC is not able to validate the exact nature of its past experience. Only training experience registered under HKICBSC will be retrospectively recognized on case by case basis by the Accreditation Committee.

    Overseas training without prior approval in writing from the Chairman of the Accreditation Committee of HKICBSC will NOT be recognized by HKICBSC.

    The final decision is subject to the discretion of the Accreditation Committee.

    For holders of overseas qualifications:

    Such application is reviewed by the Accreditation Committee of HKICBSC on case by case basis. Applicants are required to provide the following documentation to the Accreditation Committee for consideration:

    · Letter(s) of support from the respective training supervisor(s) of their previous training unit(s)

    · Satisfactory assessment documentation for the previous completed training

    · Other relevant qualification(if any)

    Overseas qualification will only be recognized for a maximum of 1 year. Applicants must state specifically the exact period of previous overseas training intended for retrospective recognition in the application.

    Application will be considered only if the previous overseas training was satisfactorily completed within 36 months counting from the commencement date of Basic Surgical Training in Hong Kong. The application for retrospective recognition must be received within one month of the commencement date of Basic Surgical Training in Hong Kong. Should the overseas training experience was obtained more than 3 years before the date of application, such application will NOT be accepted.

    The final decision is subject to the discretion of the Accreditation Committee.



    WITHDRAWAL FROM BASIC SURGICAL TRAINING

    Trainees are required to write to the Chairman of the Accreditation Committee if they wish to withdraw from basic training of HKICBSC.

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