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General Practice Experience Pathway – Exam Eligibility


1. General Practice Experience Pathway – Exam Eligibility 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

Candidates on the General Practice Experience Pathway must meet the requirements detailed in this policy in order to be eligible to undertake the RACGP Fellowship examinations.


3. Background

3.1 Objectives

The objective of this policy is to describe the exam eligibility requirements of the General Practice Experience Pathway.


4. Definitions

  1. Candidate means a medical practitioner who has successfully met all entry requirements as outlined in the General Practice Experience Pathway Entry Policy, and has been accepted onto the General Practice Experience Pathway.
  2. Comprehensive Australian general practicehas the meaning given in the Assessment of General Practice Experience Policy.
  3. FTE means full time equivalent
  4. Full time general practice experience has the meaning given in the Assessment of General Practice Experience Policy.
  5. RACGP-approved program includes the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program, the Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS), and the Practice Experience Program (PEP).
  6. RACGP Fellowship examinations means the exams which, as determined by the RACGP, assess a candidate’s competency for unsupervised general practice anywhere in Australia. They include the:
    1. Applied Knowledge Test (AKT);
    2. Key Feature Problem (KFP); and
    3. Clinical Examination, which depending on the time of sitting, is the Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE), Remote Clinical Exam (RCE) or Clinical Competency Exam (CCE).


5. Eligibility requirements

5.1 To be eligible to enrol in RACGP Fellowship examinations under the General Practice Experience Pathway, candidates must:

  1. Have a valid general practice experience assessment outcome, assessed as per the Assessment of General Practice Experience Policy, which recognises at least four years of full time equivalent (FTE) experience in general practice over the last ten years, which includes:
    1. One year’s FTE completed in the last four years;
    2. One year in Australian general practice; and
    3. At least six months’ FTE in comprehensive Australian general practice undertaken in the last four years.
  2. Hold current Australian medical registration. Candidates must disclose any restrictions on, or changes to, their medical registration to the RACGP. Failure to do this will be handled as per the Academic Misconduct Policy.
  3. Have successfully undertaken an RACGP-approved program and met the exam eligibility requirements of the applicable pathway prior to enrolment in any RACGP Fellowship examinations held after 1 January 2022.

5.2 Expiry of eligibility

Candidates:

  1. with a general practice experience assessment outcome that has reached its expiry date; or
  2. whose previously valid general practice experience assessment outcome has been superseded by a subsequent general practice experience assessment outcome that shows the candidate does not meet the exam eligibility requirements as outlined in clause 5.1 above

will not be permitted to enrol or remain enrolled in RACGP Fellowship examinations.


6. Reconsideration

If a candidate believes that a decision regarding their exam eligibility 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.


7. Related policies, documents and legislation

All related policies are available here.

All related guidance documents are available here.


8. Administrative procedures

8.1 Access to published policy

This policy will be available via the RACGP website as detailed in clause 7.

8.2 Promulgation of published policy

Relevant staff members will be provided communications explaining the function and role of this policy.

8.3 Review of this policy

This policy will have a review cycle of three years.