Research Training Domain

The Research Training Domain (RTD) Program of the College was introduced as a mandatory activity of the Fellowship Training Program (FTP) in 2012 as a commitment to the role competency of Scholar in the Medical Leadership and Management Curriculum and Training in health services evaluation research.

It is now one of the four Domains of learning and assessment in the FTP. The new requirements as outlined in the RTD handbook will apply to commencing Candidates in 2019. Click here to view the RTD handbook. Please note, the 2019 RTD Handbook will be reviewed and refined at the end of the year as we get experience with the new program.

It is proposed that from 2019

  • the intended learning outcomes of the Research Training Domain will continue to be:
  • Acquisition of knowledge of scholarly enquiry; and
  • Satisfactory reporting of the outcomes of a health service research or investigation project.
  • the educative activities of the Research Training Domain will be:
  • Completion of a Master’s level course in Research methods, evidence-informed decision-making or epidemiology that incorporates:
  • Education; and
  • Assessed assignments.
  • Participation in instructional webinars conducted by the College that highlight topics of interest and provide feedback on proposals suggested by Candidates.
  • Consultation with supervisors with research supervision expertise.
  • the competency development activity will be proposal and completion of a substantial evidence-informed project.


Candidates will propose and conduct:

  • A curiosity-driven qualitative or quantitative health service research project; or
  • A systematic literature review (following a standardised protocol); or
  • A bioethical disputation (following standardised criteria) prompted by a work- related event; or 
  • A substantial quality improvement investigation related to medical management practice or health service provision that is reported in a scholarly format (following standardised criteria)


Further suggestions may be incorporated at the suggestion of the Education and Training Committee or the Curriculum Steering Committee from time to time.

  • the summative assessment activities of the Domain will continue to be:
  • Oral presentation of the project progress/outcomes;
  • Written report of project outcomes (3,000-5,000-word limit);
  • Reporting of the project will be accompanied by professional reflection on the research journey.

Those Candidates who have not yet commenced or wish to change their research based project may contact the College for advice for transition into the new RTD framework.

For a comprehensive list of RTD resources visit our Resources page here.

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