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Applications for 2019 commencement of Candidacy via an Accelerated Pathway -  OPENS: 1 Jun 2018 and CLOSES: 30 Sep 2018

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Doctors with demonstrated experience in medical management in Australia and New Zealand may seek Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience (RPLE) when applying for entry to RACMA Fellowship Training Program.

Clinical Specialist Pathway

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 in medical management practice under supervision from 36 months (as a minimum) to 18 months full time equivalent.

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

Applicants are required to apply for an assessment of Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience (RPLE). Entry to the RACMA Fellowship Training Program will depend on an evaluation of the RPLE by the RACMA RPLE Assessment Panel.

For further information see the application form:

icon Application Form for entry to RACMA Fellowship Training Program with Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience (RPLE) 

Applicants undertaking an RPLE Assessment Interview are not guaranteed entry into an accelerated pathway as the Panel will assess on the existing competencies and experience which qualify applicants for entry to this modified training program.

Applicants are required to submit an application for Accreditation of their training post/substantive position to the College together with their application for Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience (RPLE). This will allow the College to review the suitability of the training post/substantive position in the event Applicants are granted the level of RPLE which doesn't qualify them to enter the pathway they specifically seek.

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

The submission of the RPLE application requests for evidence and documentation to support applicant's case for RPLE and to inform the Panel of the existing competencies for entry to RACMA training via an accelerated pathway. 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.

If eligible to enter the Clinical Specialist Pathway, Candidates will be required to work towards completion of a Research Project in Health Services Research and 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
Applicants may seek Credit for previously completed compatible study and academic components of the Fellowship Training Program (FTP). Evidence should be provided together with application for RPLE demonstrating currency and comparability to meet the theoretical and research based training requirements of the FTP.

RPLE Assessment

A RACMA RPLE Assessment Panel will comprise 2 senior RACMA Fellows. Applicants will be advised of the time and place for this interview. RACMA RPLE Panel Interviews may be located in Australia and New Zealand.

Applicants are not guaranteed an interview with an RPLE Panel and are advised to seek advice from the College prior to applying. In addition, granting an RPLE Panel Interview does not guarantee admission into the RACMA Fellowship Training Program or a particular pathway sought by the Applicant.

Panel interviews will be 2 hours in duration. Applicants will be given feedback in the final 5-10 minutes of the interview. The outcome of the interview process will be determined by the RPLE Panel and a recommendation on the level of RPLE to be awarded to the Applicant will be forwarded to the relevant committee for approval.

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.

Training Program Requirements for Fellowship Training Program via Clinical Specialist Pathway

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 Monday, 17 September 2018 13:13