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Board of Censors

Authorised by: RACMA Board
Authorised Date: June 2015
Next Review: June 2018 (Under review)


The overall function of the Board of Censors (BOC) is to advise on the assessment of Candidates for Fellowship of RACMA. .

The BOC will oversee the following:
  • Development of a framework for assessment that is relevant to the curriculum for training of specialist medical leaders and medical administrators;
  • Formative and Summative assessment of training tasks; and
  • Monitoring and regulating processes of assessment, including training of censors, to ensure standardisation and consistency.

1. Membership

Members of the Board of Censors are appointed by the Board of RACMA following application, assessment, and selection, and on the recommendation of the Censor-in-Chief via the ETC.

Fellows wishing to become RACMA Censors will demonstrate a breadth of experience / exposure in the following areas. Censors will be or have:
  • RACMA Fellows, ordinarily of at least three years good standing with the College; Current medical registration with Australian AHPRA or NZ Medical Council
  • Ordinarily be involved in active medical management or be less than 5 years post retirement from such roles with demonstrated relevant activities;
  • Experience in medical management roles in a variety of settings
  • Understanding of indigenous, and rural and regional matters in a health environment;
  • Understanding of public and private health systems and non hospital settings;
  • Familiarity with the content of the RACMA Curriculum and RACMA Assessment Framework;
  • Participate in appropriate CEP and professional development, as evident in the RACMA CEP compliance
  • Fellows with exceptional qualifications and/special skills/experience in post graduate medical education or assessment may be specifically invited to apply to join the Board of Censors
  • Highly developed:
    • interpersonal and communication skills;
    • Analytical and assessment skills for written and presented work; and
    • Negotiation skills in a collegiate environment
  • Censors must satisfactorily complete RACMA training program and assessment activities leading to accreditation and eligibility to examine. Censors will be subject to peer review of performance and activity.
Fellows will formally apply to join the Board of Censors, through open advertisements, usually via an EIO.

Terms will be of three years, renewed by application; and Censors may serve 3 terms of 3 years each with any further extensions agreed by the RACMA Board upon recommendation from the BOC.

Following a break of at least two years, Fellows may apply to BOC to be Censors again.

2. Panels of Assessors
For specific tasks the Board of Censors may appoint standing Panels of Assessors.
  • Censors may serve on any or all of the Panels of Assessors
  • Membership of a standing Panel of Assessors may not be limited to Censors, and may include experts external to the College
  • Each Panel of Assessors will be chaired by a Censor
  • The Panels of Assessors may include:
    • Oral Examination
    • Oral Exam Questions
    • Assessment of written work as formative assessment
    • Summative Assessment such as Case studies – written and oral presentations
    • Assessment of Research Training Program Tasks
    • Entry interviews of potential candidates
    • Assessment of specialist comparability of IMG/OTS applicants
    • Training of Censors
3. BOC Chair – Censor in Chief

The Censor-in-Chief, an appointee of the RACMA Board, is the Chair of the Board of Censors. The Censor-in-Chief:
  • is an ex-officio member of the Education and Training Committee
  • may attend RACMA Board Meetings as an attendee with non-voting rights
  • is responsible for overall assessment related policy development and standards
  • will consider applications for Special Consideration from Candidates in relation to Oral Presentation and Pre-Fellowship Exam.
4. Appeals

5. Governance
  • Meetings of the BOC will be held face-to-face and by teleconference at nominated times
  • A quorum for a meeting of the Board of Censors will be 6 Censors as per RACMA Constitution
  • Workshops will be held at least annually for the training of Censors, review of progress of the assessment framework, monitoring of reliability of marking schemata, and setting new questions for the Pre-Fellowship Oral Examination.

6. The Role of Board of Censors
  • Assess formative and summative activities and provide effective and constructive feedback for the formative activities;
  • Assist the Censor-in-Chief and the National Office in the development and improvement of the quality of education and assessment processes in the Fellowship Training Program;
  • Assist the Censor-in-Chief and the National Office with policy setting on assessment matters
  • Board of Censors will provide advice to the Censor-in-Chief on the conduct and modality of assessments of competency in the Fellowship Training Program

7. Reports
  • Presentation of statistical reports to the RACMA Board and to the Education and Training Committee and/or RACMA Board, as required.
  • Recommendations from the BOC on policy and strategic development and changes will be forwarded for consideration and endorsement to the ETC.
  • Other reports as required will be submitted to the ETC and/or Board such as Annual Reports, AMC report requirements and other reports requested by the Board.

8. Code of Conduct

All members of the Board of Censors are expected to act at all times ethically, responsibly and in the best interests of RACMA. All members of the Board of Censors will adhere to the RACMA Officer’s Code of Conduct. Members of the BOC must:
  • Attend at least one face to face meeting of Board of Censors and at least one meeting via tele-conference annually
  • Complete Censor induction and training as required by the College and comply with the continuing training requirements
  • Take part in training and assessment workshops for Professional Development – whether upon the College’s initiative or external CPD activities
  • Make a commitment to at least one substantial assessment task annually

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