1. Practice Experience Program Entry Policy
1.1 Policy number: CO-E-0044.0
1.2 Category: Education
1.3 Approval date: September 2018
1.4 Revision due date: September 2019
1.5 Unit responsible: Education Services
2. Policy declaration
The RACGP Practice Experience Program (PEP) has been developed to provide non-vocationally recognised doctors with a route to Fellowship grounded in individualised learning and workplace based assessment.
Prospective applicants must meet the requirements outlined in this policy in order to be accepted into the Practice Experience Program.
The aim of this policy is to describe the process by which an applicant may be accepted into the PEP, and outlines eligibility requirements, assessment of core skills, and the development of individual program requirements.
This policy applies to all prospective applicants seeking to start the Practice Experience Program in 2019.
For the purposes of this policy:
- Applicant means a medical practitioner who is applying for entry into the Practice Experience Program.
- Initial Core Skills Analysis (ICSA) refers to a series of self-assessment tools used to help determine an applicant’s targeted learning needs, learning units and program duration, which are then codified in the Individual Program Requirements (IPR).
- Individual Program Requirements (IPR) refers to the process that, informed by the ICSA, including qualifications and prior general practice experience, brings together all elements of a participant’s core skills, specific learning needs and areas for additional professional development during the participant’s time on the PEP. It incorporates learning units, assessment activities and program duration.
- Participant means a medical practitioner who has been accepted into the PEP, and who has signed a Program Agreement with the RACGP.
5.1 To be eligible to enter the PEP, applicants must:
- Hold a valid general practice experience assessment with at least one year of Australian general practice experience. For more information, see the Assessment of General Practice Experience Policy.
- Hold current Australian medical registration;
- Have a job or a job offer in Australian general practice.
5.2 A General Practice Experience (GPE) assessment will form part of the determination of the applicant’s Individual Program Requirements (IPR).
5.3 Previous participation in other RACGP programs and candidature on Fellowship pathways will be taken into account when considering program applications.
5.4 Following RACGP determination that the eligibility criteria have been met, applicants will progress to the Initial Core Skills Analysis (ICSA) to determine program education requirements, as outlined in Clause 6.
5.5 A determination of eligibility is valid for six months, during which time the ICSA and IPR must be completed and the Program Agreement signed.
5.6 Applicants who do not meet the eligibility criteria will be permitted to apply for future intakes.
6. Initial Core Skills Analysis
6.1 Applicants are required to undertake the ICSA to determine core skills standards, and must be completed within three months of a determination of eligibility. The ICSA includes, but is not limited to:
- A multiple-choice question knowledge test
- A self-reflection
- A case analysis of simulated consultations.
6.2 Applicants who do not complete the ICSA within three months will be permitted to apply for future intakes.
7. Individual Program Requirements
7.1 The applicant’s GPE assessment and ICSA outcome inform the development of the IPR. The IPR determines the learning units, assessment activities and program duration that will be required of the applicant following entry to the PEP.
7.2 Applicants agree to the IPR via signature of the Program Agreement.
8. Program entry
8.1 To gain entry to the PEP, applicant must:
- Complete the ICSA and sign the Program Agreement and IPR within six months of a determination of eligibility.
- Be a financial member of the RACGP at the point of signing the Program Agreement and for the duration of candidacy.
- Have completed a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) course within the twelve months prior to applying for entry into the Program. The requirements are detailed in RACGP’s Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Advanced Life Support Courses Guidance Document.
8.2 Participants can only be enrolled in one RACGP program at a time. A participant seeking to participate in a different Fellowship program must resign their candidature of the PEP and apply for entry into the alternative program. Participants are required to have knowledge and understanding of the requirements of the Fellowship pathway in which they are enrolled.
8.3 All participants with prior exam successes on other RACGP pathways will retain these successes upon entry to the PEP, subject to current RACGP exam policy. Exam failures will not be retained. See the Fellowship Exam Attempts Policy for more information.
9. Related policies, documents and legislation
All policies and guidance documents related to the Practice Experience Program are available at the policy page.
10. Administrative procedures
10.1 Access to published policy
This policy will be available via the RACGP website as detailed in clause 9.
10.2 Promulgation of published policy
Relevant staff members will be provided communications explaining the function and role of this policy.
10.3 Review of this policy
This policy will have a review cycle of one year.