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Applicants must meet the requirements detailed in the Specialist Pathway Category Two – Entry Policy to be granted entry into category two of the Specialist Pathway.
This guidance document outlines the steps necessary to apply for entry into Category Two of the Specialist Pathway.
AHPRA Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
AMC Australian Medical Council
Applicant A doctor who has submitted an application for categorisation, but has not yet passed the FICPI
Candidate A doctor who has passed a FICPI and been accepted onto the Specialist Pathway
CV Curriculum Vitae
ECFMG Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
EICS ECFMG International Credentials Services
EPIC Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials
FICPI Fitness for Intended Clinical Practice Interview
GP General Practitioner
RACGP Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
3.1 Log in to the RACGP website
Applicants should log in using their existing details, or may create an RACGP ID number to use for all their interactions with the RACGP. Log in is available on RACGP log in page.
3.2 Use the self-assessment guide to determine pathway eligibility.
When logged in, Applicants should select their specialist general practice qualification and follow the prompts, selecting the criteria provided.
Based on the information provided the self-assessment guide will indicate which pathway the Applicant may be eligible to apply for.
3.3 Check the requirements for recency of practice
The recency requirements for Category Two of the Specialist Pathway are detailed on the AHPRA website on Registration Standards page. Please be aware that a new recency standard will apply from 1 October 2016: the new standard is available on the Revised standards for all medical practitioners published today news item.
3.4 Apply directly to the ECFMG’s EPIC for verification of medical qualifications
Applicants must apply directly to the ECFMG for EPIC verification, and nominate the AMC to receive updates of the progress made with their verification request. Applicants are also required to establish an AMC portfolio.
The AMC will update its portal with the updates received from the ECFMG. This portal is accessed by the RACGP for assessment purposes, and by the Medical Board of Australia for registration purposes.
3.5 Confirm recent completion of CPR training
Consult the RACGP’s Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Advanced Life Support Courses Guidance Document for details surrounding the requirements for courses.
3.6 Pay for and submit the Specialist Pathway categorisation
Applicants should pay for the assessment before proceeding to the application form. The RACGP accepts Visa, Mastercard and American Express.
From time of payment, Applicants have 6 months to complete the online assessment form. Applicants will need to complete all sections to submit the application form. If the application is not completed within six months, it may be considered abandoned. In this case, Applicants will be required to pay the Specialist Pathway Categorisation Fee again.
All documents must be in PDF format and the file must be no bigger than 4mb
3.6.1 Introduction page
Applicants must read and accept the terms on this page. Select ‘I have read this step’ at the bottom of the page to continue.
3.6.2 Personal details: Scan and upload all documents then select save
3.6.3 EICS verification
Applicants must enter their AMC number and EICS or EPIC Number. If they have not already submitted their qualifications for EICS verification, Applicants are directed to point 2.4 in this document.
3.6.4 Academic qualifications
Applicants must provide the following documents:
Although these documents may be provided to the AMC and EICS, the RACGP does not receive the documents from those organisations in time to process the application
3.6.5 Medical Registration
3.6.6 Restrictions on Practice
Applicants must promptly disclose all details of any restrictions on their practice.
Failure to disclose such restrictions will be handled as per the Educational Misconduct Policy.
3.6.7 Job in General Practice
Applicants must complete the required fields in the online application. Documentary evidence of an offer of a specific position in general practice in Australia must be submitted. This may take the form of a letter from the prospective employer or recruitment agency.
This offer must be set out in a letter from the practice or recruitment agency, on that organisation’s letterhead, and must include details of the supervisor at the practice.
The RACGP will not categorise an Applicant if the intended role is not in general practice. The intended position may be part time, but rules for minimum hours worked apply. These rules are the same as for the Assessment of General Practice Experience.
3.6.8 Supervisor details
Applicants should provide their Supervisor’s name here.
All Category Two Applicants must have a Supervisor – Refer to the Specialist Pathway Category Two – Requirements for Fellowship Policy clause 4.2 for requirements.
3.6.9 Training Post Experience Summary
Applicants must provide details of the training posts they completed prior to and during their training for their specialist general practice qualification (uploads optional)
3.6.10 Indemnity and Statutory Declaration
The final step before submission is the upload of the completed statutory declaration and indemnity form. Applicants are advised that these are legal documents and penalties apply for making false or misleading statements. These documents are only available once all other parts of the application have been completed. Print the document and the supporting documents. These need to be verified by a suitable witness. Once completed, Applicants must scan and upload the first page only, with the list of their verified documents.
3.6.11 Submit Application
This screen unlocks only once all required fields are completed. Applicants may now submit the completed application.
3.7 Assessment of Application
The application is reviewed by RACGP administration and then referred to the censor for categorisation. This categorisation process will proceed while the RACGP waits for independent verification of the Applicant’s qualification from EICS / the AMC. Confirmation of this verification is required to complete the process.
If at any point further information, documentation or clarification is required, the Applicant will be notified by email. The Applicant will need to upload the new information required and click the ‘submit application’ button again before the censor can continue their assessment.
3.8 Categorisation outcome
The outcome of the categorisation will be communicated via email. The Applicant may then log in to their application to view the outcome in detail.
After logging in to an application which has been categorised as Category Two Applicants will be prompted to pay and submit documentation for a Fitness for Intended Clinical Practice Interview (FICPI) for the practice outlined in the job offer provided. The details of this process can be found in the Fitness for Intended Clinical Practice Interview Guidance Document.
After a successful FICPI, the Candidate will be eligible to apply for medical registration and commence work as a general practitioner in Australia.
The links referenced throughout the document are provided here for accessibility.
Log in to the RACGP website
AHPRA recency standards (PreOctober 2016)
AHPRA recency standards (PostOctober 2016)
Establish an AMC portfolio
RACGP Clinical Emergency Management workshops
RACGP definition of general practice
Assessment of General Practice Experience Policy
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