Purpose of the KFP exam
The KFP exam is designed to assess clinical practice and clinical reasoning. It looks at how candidates assess patients in the context of the scenario given and consider the key features/critical steps required to resolve the clinical problem.
Each question explores your understanding of the key features/critical steps. A ‘key feature’ is a critical step in the resolution of a clinical problem in the context of everyday Australian general practice. A KFP exam question consists of a clinical case scenario and questions that focus only on those critical steps.
Clinical reasoning can be defined as thinking through the various aspects of patient care to arrive at a reasonable decision regarding the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of a clinical problem in a specific patient. Patient care includes history‐taking, conducting a physical exam, requesting laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures, designing safe and effective treatment regimens or preventive strategies, and providing patient education and counselling.
Clinical reasoning plays a major role in a doctor’s ability to make diagnoses and decisions. It can be considered as the physician’s most critical competence.