Welcome to RACGP EXAMS!

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Uncoupling of the RACGP Fellowship Examination
The RACGP Fellowship Examination will be uncoupled beginning the first examination cycle in 2009.1. That is, the Examination will no longer consist of the compulsory sitting of all three segments over a three month period. See the key information below for more details.
Benefits
Significant benefits will be derived from uncoupling including:
• Allowing candidates to receive feedback on their performance on the Applied Knowledge Test (and possibly the Key Feature Problem paper) prior to sitting the Clinical performance assessment.
• Allowing Medical Educators opportunities to provide additional educational guidance to candidates based on the doctor’s performance in the attempted segments of the examination.
• Allowing candidates the flexibility to either attempt all components of the examination within a single examination cycle (as is the current situation) or to attempt components over multiple cycles.
• Giving GP Registrars the opportunity to sit the AKT earlier in their training than currently required.
• Uncoupling of the examination will aid those doctors who wish to focus entirely on a specific examination segment within any given examination cycle.
• Decreasing stress levels on those candidates who prefer to sit fewer than three segments within a single examination cycle.
• Enabling the College to continue to move towards modularizing the exam. This will allow further flexibility for candidates and greater flexibility for the College to introduce state-of-the-art assessment segments as they are developed.
• Increasing the likelihood that candidates will receive their first site preference when sitting the Clinical performance assessment.
The RACGP acknowledges that the College will receive significant additional workload due to the need to track and administer to large numbers of candidates progressing through multiple assessments. However, the RACGP believes that the benefits derived from uncoupling the exam are sufficiently important for the College to undertake and resource this greater workload.
Key Information
• A candidate must pass the AKT to be permitted to sit the Clinical performance assessment.
• Within any given examination cycle a candidate may choose to enroll for:
1. the AKT only,
2. both the AKT and KFP, or
3. the AKT, KFP and Clinical performance assessment (but will not be able to progress to the Clinical performance assessment without passing the AKT).
• For each segment a pass is defined as the standard setting score minus one standard error of measurement.

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So what do the FRACGP exams involve?.”

So what do the FRACGP exams involve?

The college examination consists of:

Two written sections:

  • the Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) and
  • the Key Feature Problems (KFP).

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One clinical section:

  • the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).

From 2009, students will now be able to complete all three segments within 3 years rather than within a 6-week period. This gives you the opportunity to complete the exams at your own pace. You will also be able to pay for and sit each segment separately. However you must pass the AKT before completing the OSCE.

You also have the option of completing the Practice based assessment (PBA), RACGP’s alternative route to FRACGP. However it is only available to practice eligible general practitioners. Assessment is based on the candidate’s clinical practice and submitted work.

And remember, you must be a member of the RACGP prior to enrolling in any exam segment.
To read more about the FRACGP, visit the RACGP website.


The RACGP’s Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP) assessment

The RACGP’s Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP) recognises registrars who have gained the skills and training required to work in unsupervised general practice in rural or remote areas.

To be eligible for the FARGP award, you must have, or are working towards attaining the FRACGP.  

Working towards a FARGP, you will be assessed on a continual basis through a range of requirements:

  • the creation of a learning plan designed specifically to identify learning needs
  • specific curriculum modules created to meet the goals of the learning plan
  • elective educational activities relevant to rural general practice
  • a Learning and Educational Assessment Portfolio (with evidence of having completed the College examination for the FRACGP)

For further information on the FARGP, visit the RACGP website.

How to sit the Exam

Registrars

We understand that some training terms will finish in February 2010. All registrars who will have completed 6 or 8 active training units by 8 February 2010 will be able to apply for enrolment during the October – December 2009 enrolment intake period.

International Medical Graduates

If you wish to enrol during this enrolment intake period, and require an assessment of your general practice time, we strongly recommend you submit your application now. It can take up to three months to have your overseas general practice time assessed and up to six weeks to have your Australian general practice time assessed. Application forms can be obtained from the following webpage www.racgp.org.au/img#application.

You are required to be a member of the RACGP prior to enrolling in any examination segment.

For information on how to become a member visit www.racgp.org.au/membership.

If you wish to sit all three segments of the examination in the one semester, you must enrol and pay for all three segments before the close of the enrolment period.

The KFP and OSCE can be sat in any order, provided you:

- have completed eight (8) active units in your general practice training program (12 months RVTS); or
- have qualified as practice eligible; or
- have passed the AKT (to sit the OSCE).

Please read all of the options carefully before completing your enrolment form. Please note you may only select one option.

Your enrolment options are to:

1. Enrol in the AKT only

You do not have to pass the KFP or the OSCE before you can sit the AKT.

You must pass the AKT before you can sit the OSCE.

If you wish to sit the OSCE in this semester you must enrol during the current enrolment period.

2. Enrol in the KFP only

You do not have to pass the AKT or the OSCE before you can sit the KFP.

If you wish to sit the OSCE in this semester you must enrol during the current enrolment period.

3. Enrol in both the AKT and the KFP

You are able to sit the AKT and KFP on the same day.

If you wish to sit the OSCE in this semester you must enrol during the current enrolment period.

4. Enrol in both the AKT and OSCE

If you choose this option and do not pass the AKT, you will not be able to sit the OSCE. You must pass the AKT before you can sit the OSCE. You will be eligible for a refund of the OSCE enrolment fee. However, a withdrawal fee may apply.

5. Enrol in both the KFP and OSCE

You must pass the AKT before you can sit the OSCE.

The KFP and OSCE can be sat in any order, provided you:

- have completed eight (8) active units in your general practice training program (12 Months with RVTS); or
- have qualified as practice eligible
- have passed the AKT (to sit the OSCE)

6. Enrol in the AKT, KFP and OSCE

If you choose this option and do not pass the AKT, you will not be able to sit the OSCE. You must pass the AKT before you can sit the OSCE. You will be eligible for a refund of the OSCE enrolment fee. However, a withdrawal fee may apply.

7. Enrol in the OSCE only

You must pass the AKT before you can sit the OSCE

8. Enrol in the Practice Based Assessment Program (PBA)

Not applicable to Registrars

This option is instead of sitting the AKT, KFP and OSCE.

For more information, refer to www.racgp.org.au/pba.

The dates and fees for each segment are:

International Medical Graduates

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International Medical Graduates may sit the AKT overseas if they have met the AMC requirements of verification of primary medical degree, and English language testing. If they pass the AKT, and following their assessment of clinical experience as five years or more equivalent to Australian General Practice, they will need to complete the remaining segments of the Examination within Australia within three years. Following assessment and assuming all criteria for Fellowship are met, Fellowship can then be granted.

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Uncoupling of the exams

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Uncoupling will begin upon commencement of the 2009.1 examination cycle. Passes in segments during the 2008.2 or earlier cycles will not be carried forward to subsequent examination cycles.

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