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Prof Michael ClearyAt RACMA, we have many hard working members, and particularly Fellows who contribute to assessment, examinations and training. 
 I attended the first day of a two day Board of Censors meeting in February.  The passion and commitment to the College was evident to me at this meeting.

RACMA currently has 47 Censors, reporting to the Censor in Chief, Associate Professor Alan Sandford AM.  The Censor is involved in assessing Candidates to ensure they meet the standards set in the Fellowship Training Program. 

There have been a number of developments to both improve the assessment process itself, and to improve consistency of examination assessment.  Specifically, there has been a tightening of policy, processes and governance arrangements concerning the appointment and training of Censors, and the assessment process.  The Assessment Framework and operational policies have been reviewed and revised to better measure a trainee’s knowledge, skills and abilities over time, and examinations now take place at the state of the art AMC National Test Centre in Melbourne.

Another recent development is that the College is now video recording the National Trial Exam.  Edited recordings were used at this workshop for the first time in a session for Censor professional development.  The recordings were edited to highlight certain aspects of Censor to Censor and Censor to Candidate interactions. The Censors independently reviewed these and assessed the exam, then discussed and reviewed variation in results.  All Censors found the process valuable - One Censor commented that the workshop has taken the development of Censors and the assessment process to an entirely new level of rigour.  It is this type of discussion that leads to improvements in assessment processes, including the future training of Censors.

Central to the success of our College, are the capabilities of RACMA’s Fellows and Associate Fellows, and the ability of the College to produce future generations of capable and committed medical managers and administrators. 

I thank the work and commitment of RACMA’s members to furthering the specialty of medical administration.

Professor Michael Cleary PSM
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 April 2017 15:58