SPECIALIST RECOGNITION PROGRAM – COMPARABILITY ASSESSMENT

Published on December 27, 2018

The Specialist Recognition Program (SRP) has been open with RACGP for a few months now, so we wanted to provide our doctors with an update of what the Comparability Assessment aspect of the program involves. 

 

SRP is for doctors with Specialist qualifications that would like to enter Australian General Practice through the Specialist Pathway. 

 

With this program, you can be considered as substantially comparable, partially comparable or not comparable in a comparability assessment depending on your qualifications and experience. 

 

ARE MY QUALIFICATIONS ELIGIBLE FOR SPECIALIST RECOGNITION? 

RACGP have stated that the following qualifications are eligible for Specialist Recognition: 

  • Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners 
  • Membership of the Irish College of General Practitioners 
  • Fellowship of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners 
  • Certification in The College of Family Physicians of Canada 

 

RACGP has stated that the following qualifications is not available for Specialist Recognition: 

  • Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners – International (MRCGP-INT) 

 

If you believe your qualification may be eligible for Specialist Recognition but it is not listed above, you can have your qualification assessed with RACGP. 

 

WHERE CAN I APPLY FOR AN SRP ASSESSMENT? 

You will need to contact RACGP and express your interest in the SRP program. You can contact the team at pathways@racgp.org.au. 

 

With this email, you should include the following: 

  • Your Full Name 
  • The Name of your Specialist Qualification 
  • The Countries in Which you Hold Registration 

 

Please be aware, you will be asked to pay the fee prior to proceeding to the next stage. 

WHAT DOES THE APPLICATION INVOLVE? 

Your application will be open for 6 months from the day your payment was submitted, so you have time to make sure your application is perfect before submitting.  

 

With your application, you will need to provide the following documents: 

  • Personal 
  • Online Form (This will ask for your Personal Details) 
  • Copy of your Passport 
  • RACGP Formatted CV 
  • Education 
  • Primary Medical Degree 
  • Specialist General Practice Qualification 
  • Letter of Good Standing from the body which issued your Specialist Qualification A Description of the Theoretical and Practical Summative Examinations Undertaken as part of your Specialist General Practice Qualification (100-300 words) 
  • Registration 
  • Evidence of Registration for all Relevant Jurisdictions 
  • Current Certificate of Good Standing 
  • AMC Number 
  • Continuing Professional Development 
  • Evidence of Completing 50 hours of CPD Activities within the last 12 months 
  • Evidence of Completing a Practice-Based Self-Reflective Activity (i.e. practice audit) in the last 3 years 
  • General Practice Experience 
  • Evidence of Completing 12 month Full-Time Work in the last 36 months. 
  • Letter of Support from the Practice Principal for Each Position  
  • Explanation for any Gaps in Practice 
  • Job Offer 
  • Job Offer Letter (Not mandatory at this stage) 
  • Statutory Declaration 

 

If any documents are not originally in English, you will need to provide a copy of the original document and a certified English translated version. 

 

Once you have provided all of this information, you can submit your application! 

 

HOW LONG DOES THE COMPARABILITY ASSESSMENT TAKE? 

If you have provided all the information when submitting your application, RACGP may take up to 10 weeks to process your application. 

 

The processing take may extend however, if RACGP has to request further information. 

 

RACGP will advise you via email when your results are available. 

 

WHAT DO I DO AFTER I HAVE RECEIVED THE RESULTS OF MY COMPARABILITY ASSESSMENT? 

If you receive an outcome of not comparable, you will not be eligible for Specialist Recognition. You will be required to pass the AMC examinations and enter General Practice through the Standard Pathway. 

 

If you have received a partially comparable or substantially comparable outcome, you will be eligible to join the SRP program. 

 

Can I request to have my application reassessed? 

 

If there is any information that you believe was not assessed or you have additional information that will help your application, you will have 10 business days to submit a request for a reassessment. 

 

Please note, a fee will be applied for consideration of additional evidence. 

 

If you were unsuccessful in your assessment based on your experience, your application can be submitted again at a later. However, you will need to provide evidence further General Practice experience and engaging in CPD Activities. 

 

HOW WE CAN HELP YOU: 

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

 

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