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 9.67MB). 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 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 setup 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).

Once all the cases have been approved, you can print the logbook summary report and submit to the Training Board. Note: the report should only contain 'Approved' status.

Rotation periods

Australia

Rotation period Start date End date Deactivation date
R2 2019 27 May 2019 2 February 2020 17 February 2020
R1 2020 3 February 2020 2 August 2020 16 August 2020
R2 2020 3 August 2020 31 January 2021 14 February 2021

 

New Zealand

Rotation period Start date End date Deactivation date
R2 2019 27 May 2019 19 January 2020 2 February 2020
R1 2020 9 December 2019 7 June 2020 22 June 2020
R2 2020 8 June 2020 13 December 2020 26 December 2020

Accessing MALT and support

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