The Royal Australasian College of Physicians

02/06/2005
Introduction

The following is an excerpt from the college website.

The RACP is responsible for the education, training and continuing professional development of consultant physicians and paediatricians in 25 specialty areas, and consultants and specialists in public health, rehabilitation and occupational medicine. We also provide training in palliative medicine, addiction medicine and sexual health medicine for doctors from a variety of backgrounds.

We are a diverse group of over 9,000 specialised doctors and trainees, working across Australia and New Zealand. We believe that by upholding high professional standards, promoting research, and developing health and social policy in partnership with consumers we contribute significantly to the health care and health outcomes of our even more diverse population.

Governance Structure of the College &Trainee Representation

The College is governed by a Board. The main decisions are made through the Board and its Committees. As well as a number of specialty faculties and chapters, the College has two main divisions:

Adult Medicine Division
Paediatrics & Child Health Division

There is trainee representation on the Board and on the majority of Committees of the College.

Training

Training is of a minimum length of 6 years full time. It is divided into 3 years basic and 3 years advanced training.

Rotations

Basic Trainees in Paediatrics may undertake all their training in one hospital if it is a Level 3 (University) Teaching Hospital. Basic Trainees in Adult Medicine are required to undertake a three-month rotation outside of a Level 3 Teaching Hospital. Advanced trainees may be required to undertake hospital rotations as part of their training program, depending upon the requirements of the Specialist Advisory Committee under which they are training.

A rural location is the preferred location for Basic Trainees in Adult Medicine. Advanced Trainees training under the Specialist Advisory Committee in General Paediatrics are required to undertake six months in rural / regional location.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Prior learning for prospective trainees is assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Flexibility in Training

Standard leave is available, as well as extra leave for purposes such as maternity leave (interrupted training for up to 2 years). Training may be undertaken full time or part time, or via a combination of both. Part time training must be at least 20% commitment. Basic training must be completed within seven years.

Job sharing is acceptable.

Assessment

A variety of assessment tools are used, with emphasis on provision of regular constructive feedback to trainees to aid their learning. The examinations are linked with curricula and are complemented with on-the-job assessment.
Assessment includes: a written examination: two papers multiple choice (A type questions) of total five hours; a clinical examination: in two examination cycles (in one day) a candidate must conduct two long and four short cases; mini-CEXs (formative) and multi-source feedback.

Costs

Basic Training

Annual Registration Fee

$ 660.00

Administration Fee for Late Submission of Application

$ 115.00

Administration fee for Non Registration in Year 2

$ 115.00

Continuation/Interruption Fee

$ 110.00

Examinations

Written Examination

$1,485.00

Administration Fee for Late Submission of Application

$ 365.00

Application for Manual re-mark of Written Examination

$ 240.00

Clinical Examination
Main Clinical Examination

$2,860.00

Supplementary Clinical Examination

$ 415.00

Advanced Training

Annual Fee for Advanced Training

$1,320.00

Annual Fee for Advanced Trainees in Full-time Research (upon application)

$ 880.00

Fee for conditional approval of Advanced Training (Examination year)
(balance of annual Advanced Training fee paid on success in Examination)

$ 660.00

Annual Fee for Post FRACP Training

$ 390.00

Fee for post FRACP training

$ 345.00

Continuation/Interruption Fee

$ 110.00

Contact details

The College is based in Sydney.

Address:
145 Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9256 5444
Fax: (02) 9252 3310
Email: racp@racp.edu.au
Website: www.racp.edu.au