Pre-Employment Structured Clinical Interview (PESCI)


**Dates currently being offered for PESCI are August / September

If you are looking for a date outside of these months, please contact the Education Support Officers at pesci@racgp.org.au

The RACGP is proud to be accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) as a provider of the pre-employment structured interview (PESCI).

Who is PESCI for?

If you are an international medical graduate (IMG) seeking limited or provisional registration to practise in general practice in Australia, you may be required to complete a PESCI. You can find more information about requirements and eligibility on the Medical Board of Australia’s website.

What is a PESCI?

A PESCI is an evaluation of your suitability for a particular general practice position. It assesses whether you have the clinical knowledge, skills, and experience to practise safely and effectively in the position.

How is a PESCI conducted?

The PESCI is a structured clinical interview using standardised scenarios delivered by a panel of three interviewers, including at least two medical practitioners. The panel may also include a community representative or other health professional.

An interview takes approximately 60–90 minutes and is recorded. Scenarios may be in the form of a case discussion or role play. You will be guided on what to expect and how to interact with the scenario at the time of the interview.

During each scenario, the panellists will explore how you apply your clinical knowledge, reasoning and management skills, as well as cultural appropriateness, communication and professionalism. They also consider and may discuss with you:

  • your experience
  • the location of the position and level of supervision available
  • your responsibilities in the position.
For information about the PESCI, please email pesci@racgp.org.au.
 

Where can I sit a PESCI?

All RACGP PESCIs are currently being conducted online using videoconferencing. This means you can attend your PESCI from your own location.

When can I sit a PESCI?

Once you have submitted a complete application, you will be offered the next scheduled date to do your PESCI.

Application and interview process

  1. Eligibility check
  2. Application submission and payment
  3. Interview scheduling
  4. Interview
  5. Notification of outcome of interview

What do I need to include in my application?

Submit the following documents as clearly named PDF files by email to pesci@racgp.org.au. If your application is incomplete, you will be asked to resubmit.

  • Completed PESCI application form 
  • Completed PESCI applicant declaration form
  • Your CV must be typed and dated within the past three months, and explain any gaps in practice longer than three months. Only CVs using the RACGP template will be accepted.
  • EPIC or EICS verification (nominate RACGP to view your verification through the AMC candidate portal).
  • Evidence of performance in the AMC CAT MCQ examination assessment.
  • Evidence of a pass in AMC-approved English, within the last two years OR current AHPRA registration.
  • If applying for provisional registration, proof of completed AMC clinical component or eligibility for the Competent Authority pathway.
The practice representative also needs to supply the following documents (read and signed by you):

Interview Confirmation

Once your complete application has been received, we will advise you of the next available interview date. Once you accept an interview date and time, we will send you a confirmation email

Interview outcome

After your interview, we will prepare an outcome report and email it to you within 15 working days.

PESCI fees 

PESCI fees 2022-July 2023 

Payment will be required prior to the assessment of your application. 

 

Cost

PESCI interview

$2,145

Administration fee (for any request to reschedule an interview or change a submitted application) 

$450 

Cancellation of application (before formal notification of interview time by RACGP. Applicants who do not accept a PESCI within 3 months of application may have their application cancelled). 

$450 

Cancellation of interview (21 days or more before scheduled interview) 

$1075.50 (balance refunded) 

Cancellation of interview (less than 21 days before scheduled interview) 

Full PESCI fee (no refund) 

PESCI review ** definition below 

50% of full PESCI fee 

PESCI reconsideration or appeal Reconsiderations and Appeals Guidance Document 

As per the Reconsiderations and Appeals Guidance Document 

 

Rescheduling or making a change to your application

If you want to reschedule an interview after we have confirmed the date with you, there will be an administration fee (refer to the table of PESCI fees). Changes cannot be made to an interview time or date within 21 days of the scheduled interview.

If you want to make a change to a completed application there will be an administration fee (refer to the table of PESCI fees).

Cancellation

If you wish to cancel a scheduled interview, you must do so in writing via email. If you cancel 21 days or more before the scheduled PESCI, you will receive a partial refund of the PESCI fee. If you cancel less than 21 days before, no refund will be given (refer to the table of PESCI fees).

Application to re-sit PESCI

If the outcome of your interview is that you are deemed unsuitable, you may at any time submit a new application to do the PESCI again. The full PESCI fee will apply.

Reconsideration of a PESCI outcome

Applicants who contend the RACGP has made an incorrect decision in relation to the conduct or outcome of their PESCI can apply for reconsideration as per the Dispute, Reconsideration and Appeals policy.

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