AMA Submission to the RACP Review

5 Jun 2018

AMA Submission to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Review –

Implementation of computer based divisional written exam in adult medicine and paediatric and child health

On 19 February 2018, RACP candidates, for the first time, sat their examination in electronic format.  Mid-way through the day, the technology crashed and the exam was cancelled.  The AMA President and Chair, AMA Council of Doctors-in-Training directly engaged with RACP to minimise the difficulties then faced by candidates.  Outcomes of that engagement can be found at https://ama.com.au/ausmed/trainee-doctors-resit-racp-exam-after-first-attempt-fails-them

RACP undertook to conduct an independent Review through consultancy firm Ferrier Hodgson and invited AMA, along with other stakeholders, to make submission.  The RACP Review Terms of Reference were pleasing in that they showed intention to reflect on the broad circumstances leading up to, and on the day of, the examination.

AMA’s submission goes largely to questions of culture and aims to give voice to RACP trainee reported experience.  We have also suggested a number of reforms intended to assist RACP’s continuous improvement goals.  Click here to read AMA’s submission.