Research Assessment

Overview

As part of the Training Program training requirements trainees must complete the following components which combined constitute the research requirement prior to the end of Intermediate Training: 

  • An approved supervised research project (see Regulation 5.3)
  • An approved research presentation (see Regulation 5.4)
  • A publication in a peer reviewed scientific journal (see Regulation 5.5)

The research requirements must be completed prior to the end of Intermediate Training. Recognition of prior learning for the research requirement or a component thereof may be considered in accordance with Section 8.  

If a trainee disputes a decision regarding approval or completion of a training requirement or wishes to apply for special consideration, the trainee is required to submit a request for a review to the Board Chair within 14 days’ of being notified of the decision in accordance with Regulation 1.8. The review will be conducted in accordance with Regulation 1.8.

 Download the Training Program Regulations here

Supervised Research Project

It is the responsibility of the trainee to make all applicable arrangements for their supervised research project and to obtain the prior approval of the Research Committee.  The research project must be:

  • Completed simultaneously while undertaking clinical training or during a period of Board approved interruption or flexible training; and
  • Supervised by an appropriately qualified consultant or researcher; and
  • Be a substantive project relevant to neurosurgery. 

For approval of the research project trainees will be required to submit a written research proposal, on the prescribed form, and present the proposal orally to the Research Committee prior to the end of their first year of Intermediate Training. Trainees must obtain approval of the research proposal from their proposed research supervisor prior to submission to the Research Committee. Proposed research supervisors may be contacted to verify their prior approval of research proposal and to provide additional information at the discretion of the Research Committee.

Trainees will be required to provide oral progress reports to the Research Committee at times determined by the Research Committee taking into consideration the progression made with the research project.

For approval of successful completion of the research project trainees will be required to submit a written research completion report, on the prescribed form, together with the manuscript submitted for publication. Trainees must obtain approval of the research completion report from their research supervisor prior to submission to the Research Committee. Trainees will be required to present the completion report orally to the Research Committee. Research supervisors may be contacted to verify their prior approval of research completion report and to provide additional information at the discretion of the Research Committee.

The Research Committee will consider proposals and completion reports during the scheduled training seminars. The closing date for written proposals and completion reports will be one calendar month prior to the advertised Research Committee meeting date. During the oral presentation, the Research Committee will ask questions to assist them in determining the approval or rejection of the research proposal or research completion. The dates for the 2019 training year are as follows:

  • Submissions close on Wednesday, 3 April 2019 for presentation to the Research Committee on Friday, 3 May 2019; and 
  • Submissions close on Wednesday, 11 September 2019 for presentation to the Research Committee on Friday, 11 October 2019.

 

Trainees must undertake the research project approved. Any modifications, including changes in supervisors, institutions, higher degrees or the research project must be approved by the Research Committee by way of a revised research proposal using the prescribed form and where requested an oral presentation to the Research Committee. 

 

Download the Training Program Regulations here
Download the Research Project Proposal Form here
Download the Research Project Completion Report here

Research Presentation

Trainees must present an oral presentation (excluding poster side presentations) of the research findings from the supervised research project approved in accordance with Regulation 5.3 at the NSA Annual Scientific Meeting or at an alternative national or international meeting approved by the Research Committee which is subject to competitive abstract selection prior to the end of Intermediate Neurosurgical Training.

For accreditation of the research presentation, a letter from the meeting organisers at which the presentation was given must be submitted to the NSA office prior to the end of Intermediate Training.  The letter must confirm the trainee personally presented the paper and the title of the same. 

 
View details of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia Annual Scientific Meeting here
Download the Training Program Regulations here

 

Research Publication

Trainees must have one neurosurgical publication (not a case report or abstract) in a peer reviewed scientific journal based on the research findings from the supervised research project approved in accordance with Regulation 5.3. The publication must be as primary author and must be accepted for publication prior to the end of Intermediate Training. 

For accreditation of the research publication requirement, a copy of the article as published must be submitted to the NSA office prior to the end of Intermediate Training.  If the publication has been accepted, but not yet published, a copy of the article accepted and a letter from the publisher, on the publisher letterhead, confirming acceptance of publication must be provided to the NSA office prior to the end of Intermediate Training. 

 Download the Training Program Regulations here