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Applications for Candidacy via Accelerated Pathway for 2018 commencement -  CLOSED.

Contact the National Office for enquiries on 2019 commencement.

This is suitable to Clinical Specialists with substantial experience in the Australian and New Zealand health system. Predicated on the 18 months recognition of prior learning, the program reduces the training time from 36 months (as a minimum) to 18 months full time equivalent.

Clinical Specialist Pathway
This accelerated pathway will suit clinical specialists and directors with part-time medical leadership and management responsibilities in Australia and in New Zealand. These senior clinicians will have moved into substantial management roles and will be seeking recognition by the registration authorities of their expertise in the specialty of medical administration.

Candidates undertaking the Clinical Specialist Pathway to FRACMA will:
  • maintain substantial (up to 0.6) clinical roles in a health service
  • have at least 5 years' experience as a specialist in Australia or New Zealand
  • be engaged in medical management for at least two days a week (0.4 EFT)
  • have at least 2 years' experience as a Clinical Director or Head of Unit
  • already be operating at least at the Clinical Director/ Senior Director level at a health service

Application Process
  1. Applicants are required to submit an application for an Interview Panel to determine Recognised Prior Learning for the selection entry to the RACMA Fellowship Training Program. Part 1 Applications will open 1 June 2017.

    Application Form for a Panel Interview for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) (Part 1) view pdf file

    Applicants must have a College accredited training post and are required to submit an application for accreditation to the College together with the application for Panel Interview for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

    Please see the Accreditation of Training Posts webpage for further details and to download Application for Accreditation Form.

  2. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the applicants are eligible to proceed to an RPL interview for evaluation of existing capabilities against the medical administration. Further evidence will need to be provided for the RPL Panel's assessment.

    Additional Information and Evidence Folio for Determination of RPL (Part 2) view pdf file

  3. If eligible to present to an RPL Interview Panel, applicants will be required to submit additional information (Part 2 of the Application) to inform the Panel of the of existing capabilities (advanced standing) for entry to an accelerated pathway (Clinical Specialist). This information includes an online self-assessment, referee reports, CPD certificates, evidence of research experience and workplace capabilities, such as workplace tasks (reports, business cases, committee papers, etc.), media publications, performance evaluation reports, and third party testimonials.

The following document details the process of applying for Candidacy and assessing RPL:

Processing Applications for Candidacy via an accelerated pathway view pdf file

A RACMA RPL Panel Interview will comprise senior RACMA Fellows to evaluate your suitability for entry. Applicants will be advised of the time and place for this interview. RACMA RPL Panel Interviews may be located in Australia and New Zealand.

Panel interviews will be 2 hours in duration. Applicants will be given feedback in the final 5-10 minutes of the interview.

The RPL-Assessors will make a recommendation to the College on the level of RPL to be awarded.
The RPL may reduce the period of medical management practice under supervision and grant exemption of some of the assessment tasks. The level of RPL granted by the Panel will determine what modified / accelerated pathway the Applicant will be eligible to enter the RACMA Fellowship Training Program.

Applicants are not guaranteed an interview with a Panel. In addition, granting a Panel Interview does not guarantee admission into the RACMA Fellowship Training Program.

Upon acceptance into the Clinical Specialist Pathway, Candidates must work towards completion of a selection of RACMA academic core requirements at level 8 of the Australian or NZ Qualification Framework (AQF/NZQF) - Masters' Program level at a recognised Australian or NZ University. The units include: Health Law & Ethics, Health Care Systems, Health Finance, Epidemiology & Statistics, and Research Methodology. Credit is available to Candidates for study and academic components of the Fellowship Training Program (FTP) if evidence is provided demonstrating currency and comparability to meet the training requirements of the FTP. Applications for credit for academic and/or other training requirements should be submitted once the College advises on the pathway and training program requirements following the outcome of the Panel Interview.

Following successful completion of all training requirements, including the Oral Examination, Candidates will be eligible for Fellowship of The Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.

The RACMA Fellowship Training Program fees are outlined here. Please note all RACMA fees are subject to review by the RACMA Board on the advice of the RACMA Finance and Audit Committee.

If you are interested in applying and would like further details, please contact: Anna Lyubomirsky, National Education and Training Manager on +61 3 9824 4699.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 March 2018 08:07