Usage

The use of MALT is mandatory for all SET levels.

Logbooks

Trainees are allocated a SET - Cardiothoracic logbook to record their cases.

Trainees who have transferred from a different specialty, where access has been granted to MALT, will retain access to the logbook from that specialty for reporting.

Supervisors

MALT uses the terms 'Nominated Supervisor' and 'Alternate Supervisor.' Supervisors can view cases for the Trainees they are supervising and provide comments on specific cases.

Nominated Supervisor: the hospital supervisor.
Alternate Supervisor: the surgeon in theatre with the Trainee during a procedure.

All supervisors must be RACS Fellows. Only one nominated supervisor can be selected per rotation.

The Alternate Supervisor approves assigned cases. If no Alternate Supervisor is selected on a given case, responsibility for approving that case falls to the Nominated Supervisor.

Hospitals

Record cases done in accredited hospitals only.

Procedures

For cases where more than one surgical procedure has been undertaken, MALT allows multiple procedures to be recorded.

This logbook type utilises the SNOMED CT-AU procedure list, with selected terms identified by the Training Board as Board Reporting Terms (XLSX 141.85KB). The MALT Logbook Summary Report will only show procedure counts for board reporting terms. The non-board approved report captures all other procedures entered in your logbook.

 

Approval process

Cases move through a supervisory workflow progression from 'Draft' to 'For Review' to 'Approved'.

  • Fill in and save the case (Draft).
  • Once you are satisfied that the case is complete and accurate, refer to your alternate supervisor (For Review). If no alternate supervisor is selected on a given case, responsibility for approving that case falls to the nominated supervisor.
  • Supervisors are automatically notified of cases awaiting review, in accordance with the email preferences set up on their MALT account page. Supervisors should review these cases, and where they are satisfied that the case is complete and accurate, they can approve (Approved).

Cardiothoracic Surgery Trainees are required to generate and submit the CTS Trainee Logbook Summary Report (PDF 439.55KB) to the Training Board each rotation, by the due date communicated by the Training Board.  This report is generated from QlikView.  There is a delay in when data appears in QlikView. Please allow up to 5 hours from entry in MALT before generating the report. Once generated, please submit your report to Assessment.CardiothoracicSurgery@surgeons.org

Rotation periods

The Training Board has advised that extensions to reopen a rotation in MALT will not be granted.  On the rare occasion where a Trainee would need to request that a rotation be reopened, they will also be required to provide a valid reason to the Board as to why they were unable to enter their cases by the rotation period deactivation date.

Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand

Rotation period Start date End date Deactivation date
R1 2021  1 February 2021 1 August 2021  12 September 2021
R2 2021  2 August 2021 6 February 2022  20 March 2022

Accessing MALT and support

MALT access and support documentation can be found in the links below.