This policy is scheduled for review in 2021 to reflect that from 1 January 2022 (2022.1 semester), all GPE Pathway candidates must undertake an RACGP -approved program as a component of exam eligibility. Any candidate who began attempting the Fellowship exams prior to entry into the PEP will have their exam candidacy suspended for the duration of the program. Any existing exam passes will remain valid in accord with policy at the time.
However, GPE Pathway candidates affected by the 2020.2 AKT and KFP cancellations* will have a six month extension, and will not be required to undertake an RACGP-approved program before continuing to sit the Fellowship exams until 1 July 2022 (2022.2 semester).
For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
*affected candidates are those who had a valid enrolment in the 2020.2 AKT and/or KFP as of 9am AEDT Friday 9 October 2020.
1. General Practice Experience Pathway – Entry Policy
1.1 Category: Education
1.2 Approval date: July 2020
1.3 Revision due date: July 2023
1.4 Unit responsible: Education Services
2. Policy declaration
Prospective applicants must meet the requirements outlined in this policy in order to be accepted into the RACGP General Practice Experience Pathway.
The objective of this policy is to describe the entry requirements for, and the process by which an applicant may be accepted into, the General Practice Experience Pathway.
For the purposes of this policy:
- Applicant means a medical practitioner applying for entry into the General Practice Experience Pathway.
5. General principles
5.1 Pathway entry
To enter the pathway, applicants must:
- Be assessed as eligible to enter the pathway by either:
- holding a valid general practice experience assessment outcome with an outcome of at least one month in general practice, as assessed under the Assessment of General Practice Experience Assessment Policy; or
- holding a valid Program Agreement for the RACGP’s Practice Experience Program - Standard Stream (PEP Standard).
- Hold current medical registration in their current jurisdiction of practice. Applicants must promptly disclose all details of any:
Applicants with restrictions on their medical registration or any other regulatory activity may be refused entry into the General Practice Experience Pathway. Failure to disclose details regarding medical registration outlined in this subclause will be handled as per the Academic Misconduct Policy;
- restrictions on or changes to their medical registration; and
- regulatory authority activity, whether in Australia or otherwise, that:
- has led or may lead to a restriction on practice; or
- has led to an adverse finding for the medical practitioner, or forms part of an ongoing investigation.
- Be a financial RACGP member from the time of joining the General Practice Experience Pathway and throughout their candidature;
- Satisfy the Fit and Proper Fellow Policy; and
- Resign their candidacy on any other RACGP pathways to Fellowship, including but not limited to the Specialist Pathway and the Vocational Training Pathway.
6. Granting entry
Assessment of an applicant’s eligibility to enter the General Practice Experience Pathway will be determined on the criteria outlined in clause 5.1 above. The decision to grant entry into the General Practice Experience Pathway is at RACGP's absolute discretion.
If an applicant believes that a decision regarding their entry into the General Practice Experience Pathway has been made incorrectly, they may apply for reconsideration in line with the RACGP Reconsiderations and Appeals Policy.
An application for reconsideration must be submitted to the RACGP within ten national office business days of the date of the original decision.
8. Related policies, documents and legislation
All related policies are available here.
All related guidance documents are available here.
9. Administrative procedures
9.1 Access to published policy
This policy will be available via the RACGP website as detailed in clause 8.
9.2 Promulgation of published policy
Relevant staff members will be provided communications explaining the function and role of this policy.
9.3 Review of this policy
This policy will have a review cycle of three years.