CHANGES TO THE NUMBER OF ATTEMPTS FOR RACGP FELLOWSHIP EXAMS

Published on July 19, 2018

ARE YOU PLANNING TO SIT FOR FELLOWSHIP WITH RACGP IN 2019? 

RACGP have recently released a policy update to confirm the changes around sitting for fellowship. So that everyone is aware of these changes, here’s a quick FAQ sheet to outline what you need to know: 

 

WHEN DO THE NEW CHANGES COME INTO EFFECT?  

These changes come into effect as of the 1st of January 2019. 

Anyone still in the process of achieving Fellowship, this includes doctors currently on pathways to FRACGP and anyone who plans to join a pathway to FRACGP as of the 1st of January 2019 onwards. 

Doctors who have already passed their exams but have not yet applied for FRACGP recognition will not be affected. 

 

WHAT ARE THE RACGP FELLOWSHIP (FRACGP) EXAMS? 

FRACGP includes the following exams: 

  • Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) 
  • Key Feature Problem (KFP) 
  • Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) 

 

NUMBER OF ATTEMPTS FOR EACH FRACGP EXAM: 

Under the new changes you will have up to 6 attempts to pass the FRACGP Exams with the exception of the OSCE. For anyone who has passed their AKT and KFP on the 6th attempt, there will be only one attempt at the OSCE remaining. 

All exam attempts need to be completed within the maximum period maximum period of candidacy- 3 years. 

Doctors who fail to pass all 3 exams, either within the 6 attempts or within the maximum period of candidacy- 3 years are ineligible for RACGP Fellowship. 

 

WHAT IF I HAVE ALREADY FAILED MY FRACGP EXAMS? 

Only exam passes achieved prior to the 1st of January 2019 will be counted. For anyone who has failed their FRACGP exams more than 6 times, past unsuccessful attempts will not carry over.   

 

SUSPENSION OF CANDIDACY FOR EXAMS 

Suspension of candidacy for exams is a 6-month period, granted upon request to doctors, during which they do not enrol to sit for FRACGP exams. The purpose of a suspension is to allow time for doctors to address any weaknesses identified in unsuccessful exams and to give additional study time. For this reason, FRACGP exams cannot be attempted during a suspension period. 

Extenuating circumstances and approved leave will be considered under Suspension of candidacy on a case by case basis. 

Doctors sitting for their exams will be able to suspend their candidacy for 6 months if they wish. However, please keep in mind 6 additional months will not allow for any additional exam attempts. 

 

CAN I STILL APPLY FOR JUST CAUSE? 

Applications under just cause or exam remediation processes will no longer be available from the 1st of January 2019. As part of the new changes, RACGP will focus on providing further support to candidates in terms of their exam preparation. 

 

HOW WE CAN HELP YOU: 

If you are looking for further guidance FRACGP exams or would like to ask further questions about the changes mentioned, this is something our team can help you with. Contact us directly on admin@peoplemedical.com.au. 

 

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