General Practice Experience Pathway – Exam Eligibility


Disclaimer

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 educationpolicy@racgp.org.au.

*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.

Important notice

Candidates who have lost exam eligibility as per this policy will be granted as extraordinary exemption to enable them to continue sitting the exams if they meet all of the below criteria:

  1. They have commenced their exam candidacy and attempted the Fellowship examinations during or after 2019.1;
  2. They only lost exam eligibility due to having submitted a new GPE application resulting in an outcome that does not meet the exam eligibility requirements detailed in this policy; and
  3. Unless granted this extraordinary exemption, they will lose their remaining opportunities to sit and pass all Fellowship examinations prior to the enforcement of policy that they must satisfactorily complete the PEP before enrolling in any exams held after 1 January 2022 (see clause 5.1.c below).

This extraordinary exemption will allow affected candidates to continue sitting the Fellowship examinations until 1 January 2022 (ie. in the 2021.1 and 2021.2 semesters). If they do not pass all exams during this time, they will be required to enter and satisfactorily complete the PEP before being able to continue enrolling in the exams.

For further information, or to confirm whether you are eligible for this extraordinary exemption, please contact educationpolicy@racgp.org.au.


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).
    Vocational registered general practitioner has the same meaning given in the Health Insurance Act 1973 (Cth) and refers to a medical practitioner who is registered under section 3F of the Act.


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 promptly disclose all details of any:
    1. restrictions on or changes to their medical registration; and
    2. regulatory authority activity, whether in Australia or otherwise, that:
      1. has led or may lead to a restriction on practice; or
      2. has led to an adverse finding for the medical practitioner, or forms part of an ongoing investigation.
    Failure to disclose details regarding medical registration outlined in this subclause will be handled as per the Academic Misconduct Policy.
    Candidates who do not hold current Australian medical registration will not be permitted to enrol or remain enrolled in RACGP Fellowship examinations.
  3. Be a vocationally registered general practitioner, or otherwise successfully complete the Practice Experience Program – Standard Stream 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.