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The RACGP is aware the ACEM has updated their list of Accredited Emergency Departments. This policy refers to the previous ACEM Accredited Emergency Departments list which can now be found in clause 5 of the Applying for Recognition of Prior Learning Guidance Document. We will accept applications for recognition of prior learning for work undertaken up to December 2022 as per this previous list or under the new list.
Doctors will need to ensure they adhere to the new list of ACEM Accredited Emergency Departments for any work undertaken from January 2023 onwards. We will also accept work undertaken in 2022 under the new list. This will be reflected in our revised Recognition of Prior Learning Policy for 2023 onwards.
Registrars may apply to have some of their previous training in hospital and community posts recognised as credit towards the requirements of the Vocational Training Pathway.
ACEM Australasian College of Emergency Medicine
GPTI A General Practice Training first rotation in an RACGP accredited comprehensive Australian general practice of 6 months FTE duration.
Lead medical educator (LME) Clinical education lead at a vocational training provider
RACGP Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
RPL Recognition of Prior Learning
Registrar A medical practitioner who is enrolled in the Vocational Training Pathway
Recognition of Prior Learning Policy
4.1 Application process
4.1.1 Registrars must submit their application to their vocational training provider for assessment. The application must include a portfolio as detailed in 4.3 of this document. As part of their application, Registrars may include up to seven weeks of leave per year pro-rata, which may include any combination of personal leave, sick or carers leave and educational leave.
4.1.2 The Registrar’s vocational training provider will assess the application, if deemed appropriate the LME will approve the application. The vocational training provider will then forward the application to the relevant RACGP Censor for approval.
4.1.3 The RACGP Censor will make a final assessment and confirm the decision in writing to the vocational training provider and the Registrar (via the training provider).
4.2.1 Registrars must submit their application for RPL within the timelines specified by their vocational training provider.
From 1 January 2018:
4.3.1 All applications for RPL must include assessment by the vocational training provider attached to the Registrar’s application. The application must be accompanied by a portfolio which provides sufficient evidence that the learning outcomes for the posts being applied for have been met, including evidence that:
Documentation should be provided for each discipline (even if they are undertaken in the same hospital). It is the Registrar’s responsibility to obtain the required documentation.
4.3.2 The portfolio must include the following evidence sources:
4.3.3 In exceptional circumstances when the above evidences sources cannot be provided, Registrars may provide an explanation of why that evidence is not available and submit an alternate selection (more than one) of the following evidence sources to support their application:
4.3.4 For hospital or community posts undertaken more than five years prior to the application for RPL, Registrars must also provide the evidence sources below:
4.3.5 Emergency Medicine experience
5 ACEM Accredited Emergency Departments (prior to March 2022)
Emergency Departments are accredited by ACEM for 6, 12, 18 or 24 months ED Training.
This list (PDF 354 KB) outlines the EDs training Role Delineation and whether the ED was approved for the minimum paediatric requirement (PLB).
Provisionally Accredited Sites are sites that had been granted Provisional Accreditation under the new AC549 standards. These sites are yet to be inspected by the Accreditation Inspectors for ongoing full accreditation status. Once a trainee has been appointed to a Provisionally Accredited site, the site will be inspected towards the end of the trainee's placement to determine if it meets the requirements for ongoing accreditation.
Other Abbreviations: DEMT = Director of Emergency Medicine Training PLB = paediatric logbook
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