General Practice Experience Pathway – Exam Eligibility


Policy

Disclaimer

This policy has been reviewed 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 Practice Experience Program – Standard Stream 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 3.1.ii 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. Purpose

1.1 The objective of this policy is to describe the Fellowship of the RACGP examination eligibility requirements candidates on the General Practice Experience Pathway, including the Practice Experience Program Standard Stream (PEP Standard), must meet.

2. Scope

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

2.2 This policy is to be read in conjunction with the Assessment of General Practice Experience Policy, Academic Misconduct Policy, General Practice Experience Pathway Entry Policy, Practice Experience Program – Standard Stream Post-Education Progression Policy and the Practice Experience Program – Standard Stream Satisfactory Completion Framework.

2.3 This policy replaces the previous General Practice Experience– Exam Eligibility Policy and will come into effect as of Monday 26th July 2021.

3. Eligibility requirements

3.1 To be eligible to enrol in RACGP Fellowship examinations under the General Practice Experience Pathway, candidates must meet all three of the following criteria:

  1. Have a valid general practice experience assessment outcome, assessed as per the Assessment of General Practice Experience Policy, which recognises:
    1. 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’s FTE 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 and have promptly disclosed all details of any past or present:
    1. Restrictions, conditions, suspensions and/or undertakings on their medical registration; and
    2. regulatory authority activity, whether in Australia or otherwise, that:
      1. has led or may lead to a restriction, condition, suspension and/or undertaking on medical registration; or
      2. has led to an adverse finding for the medical practitioner, or forms part of an ongoing investigation.

      Candidates must disclose changes to their medical registration via email to education@racgp.org.au.

      Candidates with restrictions, conditions, suspension and/or undertakings on their medical registration or any other regulatory activity may not be eligible for exams. The RACGP will handle failure to disclose 3.2.ii.a or b as per the Academic Misconduct Policy.

  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.

3.2 Candidates on the PEP Standard are not eligible to sit RACGP Fellowship examinations until they have completed their program as per the Practice Experience Program – Standard Stream Satisfactory Completion Framework and their Individual Program Requirements (IPR).

  1. Candidates may enrol for RACGP Fellowship examinations whilst on the PEP Standard under the condition the examination is scheduled for after the end of their program as per their Individual Program Requirements.
  2. Candidates must commence their exam candidacy as soon as they are eligible after completing the PEP Standard as per the Practice Experience Program – Standard Stream Post-Education Progression Policy.
  3. If a candidate has prior RACGP Fellowship examination results when joining the PEP Standard, the RACGP will:
    1. Pause a participant’s examination candidacy upon entry to the PEP Standard;
    2. Retain all prior valid Fellowship examination results (including those that were unsuccessful) upon entry to the PEP Standard, subject to current RACGP Fellowship examination policy as detailed in the RACGP Fellowship Exam Attempts Policy; and
    3. Suspend the timeframe for expiry of existing successful RACGP Fellowship examination attempts for the duration of participation in the educational component of the PEP Standard. Once the educational component of PEP Standard is completed, or when the candidate becomes eligible to recommence exam attempts (whichever is the sooner), the timeframe for expiry of RACGP Fellowship examination results will recommence as detailed in theFellowship Exam Attempts Policy.

4. Change in eligibility status

4.1 Candidates will not be permitted to enrol or remain enrolled in RACGP Fellowship examinations if they no longer meet the requirements of clause 3 of this policy, including but not limited to:

  1. their general practice experience assessment outcome has expired;
  2. they have a previously valid general practice experience assessment outcome that has been superseded by a subsequent general practice experience assessment outcome showing the candidate does not meet the exam eligibility requirements as outlined in clause 3.1 above; or
  3. they no longer hold current medical registration.

4.2 If after enrolment in an examination a participant becomes ineligible for that examination, they must promptly inform the RACGP and withdraw. Failure to do this will be handled as per the Academic Misconduct Policy.

5. Amendment of this Policy

The CiC may, without the consent of the Board, make Minor Amendments to this policy at any time.

If the CIC makes Minor Amendments, he/she must advise the Board of those amendments as soon as practicable.

The Board may make amendments to this policy at any time.

6. Responsibilities

6.1 RACGP Board

Responsible for approval of policy and Major Amendments.

6.2 Censor-in-Chief

Responsible for approval of Minor or Extenuating Amendments to the policy by delegation of the RACGP Board.

6.3 Candidate

  1. Provide all relevant documentation and supporting evidence regarding their eligibility for fellowship exams.
  2. Notify the RACGP of any changes to their eligibility status.

6.4 RACGP

Determine the participants exam eligibility status.

7. Glossary

7.1 Candidate

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 and/or Practice Experience Program Standard Stream

7.2 Comprehensive Australian general practice

Please see the meaning given in the Assessment of General Practice Experience Policy.

7.3 Full time general practice experience

Please see the meaning given in the Assessment of General Practice Experience Policy.

7.4 RACGP-approved program

One of the following:

  1. the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program;
  2. the Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS); or
  3. and the Practice Experience Program (PEP).

7.5 RACGP Fellowship examination

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 Competency Exam (CCE).

8. Related Documents, Legislation and Policies

Compliance

Guidance

9. Policy Review and Currency

This policy will be reviewed every three years from the last approval date, or when there is a significant change in the intent of the policy. This policy remains valid and applicable notwithstanding if it is over`due for review.

Version History

Version

Date of effect

Amended by

2

26/07/2021

Policy Advisor, Strategy and Development

Amendment details

  • Added clause 3.1.ii to align with other exam eligibility policies
  • Added clause 3.2 to clarify active PEP Standard participants cannot sit RACGP Fellowship examinations and that they must commence candidacy as soon as they are eligible after completing the program
  • Reviewed nomenclature

Policy owner:

Board

Approved by:

Censor-in-Chief

Approved on:

20/07/2021

Next Review Due:

07/2024

   

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