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The Specialist Pathway Program (SPP) is now closed. Any person whose application to the SPP was completed before 14 September 2018 may continue on the SPP under this policy. If you wish to have your international specialist qualification recognised by the RACGP after 14 September 2018, please refer to the Specialist Recognition Program Comparability Assessment Policy.
1.1 Policy number: CO-E-0020.0
1.2 Category: Education
1.3 Approval date:November 2016
1.4 Revision due date:November 2019
1.5 Unit responsible:Education Services
Applicants must meet the requirements detailed in this policy to be awarded Fellowship ad eundem gradum.
This policy is authorised by the CEO.
3.1 Objective & Scope
This policy aims to describe the requirements for Fellowship ad eundem gradum.
For the purposes of this policy:
The process for applying for Fellowship ad eundem gradum is detailed in RACGP’s Applying for Fellowship ad eundem gradum Guidance Document.
6.1 Education requirements
a. Hold an RACGP recognised category one general practice qualification; qualifications gained through ‘grandfathering’ or reciprocal arrangements will not be accepted. The accepted list of qualifications is available.
b. Have completed the Specialist Pathway Education Program as amended from time to time.
c. Have completed a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) course within the twelve months prior to applying for Fellowship ad eundem gradum. The requirements are detailed in RACGP’s Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Advanced Life Support Courses Guidance Document.
d. Have completed training in the early management of trauma and advanced life support (ALS) within the four years prior to applying for Fellowship ad eundem gradum. The requirements are detailed in RACGP’s Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Advanced Life Support Courses Guidance Document.
e. Have registered in RACGP’s Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development (QI&CPD) program.
6.2 Experience requirements
Applicants must have recent general practice experience in at least predominantly comparable general practice as prescribed in the Assessment of General Practice Experience Policy, that meets the requirements of the Medical Board of Australia’s Recency of Practice Standard 'available at AHPRA website'.
6.3 Professional and ethical requirements
The RACGP reserves the right to withhold awarding an applicant Fellowship ad eundem gradum, if the RACGP reasonably considers the relevant applicant:
a. would be at risk of breaching clause 27 of RACGP’s Constitution
b. is generally unsuitable to hold Fellowship of the RACGP as detailed in RACGP’s Fit and Proper Fellow Policy
6.4 Administrative requirements
a. Have their completed application for Fellowship ad eundem gradum accepted. For further details see RACGP’s Applying for Fellowship ad eundem gradum Guidance Document.
b. Hold current medical registration in their current jurisdiction of practice and must promptly disclose all details of any:
i. restrictions on or changes to their medical registration
ii. regulatory authority activity, whether in Australia or otherwise, that:
Due to restrictions on their medical registration or any other regulatory authority activity, Applicants may not be granted Fellowship ad eundem gradum. Failure to disclose 6.4bi or 6.4bii will be handled as per the Educational Misconduct Policy.
c. Be a financial RACGP member prior to the granting of Fellowship ad eundem gradum and throughout their candidature completing the requirements for award of certificate.
The determination to award Fellowship ad eundem gradum is made by Council and is dependent on the recommendation of the Board of Censors.
To be awarded the Fellowship ad eundem gradum certificate applicants must:
Due to restrictions on their medical registration or any other regulatory authority activity, Applicants may not be awarded the Fellowship ad eundem gradum certificate. Failure to disclose 8ci or 8cii will be handled as per the Educational Misconduct Policy.
All policies and guidance documents related to Fellowship ad eundem gradum are available on our policy page.
10.1 Access to published policy
This policy will be available via the RACGP website as detailed in clause 9.
10.2 Promulgation of published policy
Relevant staff members will be provided communications explaining the function and role of this policy.
10.3 Review of this policy
This policy will have a review cycle of three years.
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