Policy update notice: PEP Specialist Stream Assessment of Recency policy – 1 November 2021

1 Novmeber 2021

Notice of RACGP policy update

This notice is to advise that the RACGP has updated the Practice Experience Program – Specialist Stream Assessment of Recency Policy for the Practice Experience Program (PEP) Specialist Stream. The updated policy comes into immediate effect, superseding the previous corresponding policies as of today, 1 November 2021.

What has changed?




The RACGP has amended clause 5.3.9 to remove the requirement for applicants to undertake 4 weeks (FTE) clinical observership if they do not meet the RACGP standard recency requirements.

This change was made to remove barriers to Specialist International Medical Graduates (SIMGs) commencing on the PEP Specialist Stream.

In most cases, applications for medical registration requires confirmation of being on an RACGP approved program, such as the PEP Specialist Stream. It was unclear whether SIMGs undertaking a clinical observership required medical registration, which caused confusion over whether they had to attempt to attain this before confirmation of entry into a program. Therefore, the requirement for a clinical observership before commencement on the PEP Specialist Stream sometimes led to administrative difficulties.

The removal of the clinical observership requirement will make the entry process clearer and more streamlined for applicants to the PEP Specialist Stream.


When do the changes take place?

The changes to policy take place immediately.

Where can I view the documents?

The new documents can be accessed here:

All policies can be accessed via the Fellowship Pathways Policy Framework.

What if I have questions?

If you have any enquiries relating to the updated policies, please contact educationpolicy@racgp.org.au