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The Quarterly 2011

The past 12 months has been very busy for the Education and Training Committee and its five subcommittees (Credentialing, Training, Board of Censors, Continuous Education Program and Curriculum). Each of these Committees has undertaken a number of major programs requiring considerable discussion, consultation, secretariat support and then final approval at Board or ETC level depending on the appropriate delegation.

Accelerated Pathway to Fellowship

The Accelerated Pathway (AP) has continued to attract high quality applicants and the third cohort is now progressing through the program with advertising having commenced for the fourth cohort. All candidates who sat the oral examination in November 2010 passed and the second cohort will sit their orals with standard pathway candidates in October 2011. Further coaches have been trained and it is good to see the involvement of many Fellows in coaching and in being Censors for our expanded group of candidates.

A review of the AP was recently conducted by ex RACMA President Phillip Montgomery and this has informed applications and interviews for the fourth cohort to ensure that applicants meet competency criteria for entering the pathway. In addition, first cohort candidates evaluated their experiences and their suggestions have also been used to improve the AP for future candidates. Overall this evaluation was positive.

Many thanks to the large number of Fellows involved in coaching activities and interview panels who provide many hours of their valuable time to support this program.

RACMA Curriculum

The curriculum has been a massive project again with the involvement of many Fellows not just as part of the Curriculum Committee, ably chaired by past President and former Censor in Chief Gavin Frost, but also Fellows involved in the very broad and continuous consultation process. The Curriculum is complete (for now) and a professional document has been prepared that clearly outlines the principles and philosophy behind the curriculum as well as the detailed curriculum itself based on the RACMA competencies. This will be launched at the forthcoming conference in Melbourne and will form the basis for education over the next three years.

Trainee accreditation, education and ongoing evaluation processes

The Credentialing Committee has settled into its role and taken on a large workload in relation to ensuring that all candidates in all pathways are appropriately credentialed prior to acceptance into the pathway. This Committee, chaired by Tony Austin has reviewed many of the policies relating to acceptance into the college and overseen changes that have led to a single application period for standard pathway candidates and a second application period for AP applicants. This Committee has also overseen the credentialing of all posts that our candidates occupy and new posts have been visited by Fellows who form an accreditation committee with a secretariat member.

The Training Committee chaired by Donna Sullivan has overseen process to ensure that candidates all have appropriate preceptors and coaches and has been instrumental in enhancing the training assessment process. New forms for in training assessment have recently been developed and these assessments will now occur twice per year instead of annually. This will ensure that our trainees have the best possible oversight and that any issues can be formally addressed more quickly. The training committee is now in the process of developing an enhanced training program for preceptors and this will be introduced in the next 6 months.

Formal evaluation of trainees

The Censor in Chief, Lyn Lee has led an enlarged Board of Censors in a variety of activities and reviews. These have been aimed at improving evaluation processes (both formative and summative) for candidate in all pathways and have resulted in a variety of initiatives to be introduced in 2012/ 2013. Changes in evaluation related to simplification of the Management Practice Folio, introduction of Minimex (short practical test) component to examinations, re-introduction of compulsory case studies at the final oral examination and changing the oral presentation of the current reflective case study to a presentation of a research project. The details of these activities will be provided in future activities of The Quarterly. These activities have been in addition to running two examinations annually, the pre-examination workshop, marking case studies and MPF tasks, improving calibration of marking for all activities and training new censors.

Continuing Education Program

With the establishment of the Medical Board of Australia, there has been an impetus to ensure that all Fellows are up to date with their CEP and that certificates can be provided on an annual basis. The CEP Committee chaired by Bernie Street has undertaken a variety of activities to increase the numbers of Fellows eligible for CEP certificates and all of those eligible have received an electronic certificate for 2010. The CEP committee has also carried out considerable work on refining activities eligible for CEP points and the number of points to be allocated. The Committee is now working on a means to assist Fellows to conduct a personal audit as part of their CEP.

The work described above is dependent on a diversity of Fellows, candidates and AFRACMAs providing their time and intellect to achieve the outcomes. I am very grateful to all of these individuals as they have helped improved the standard and the professionalism of our training program. However, none of this would have been possible without the support of the secretariat and in particular, Michelle Barrett, Elaine Halley, Stephanie Bull (and prior to Stephanie- Rebecca Mason) and of course the College CEO, Karen Owen. We look forward to 2012 with optimism as this will be our AMC accreditation review year. We have made enormous strides in the past year and we will continue to build on this work.

Dr Lee Gruner
Chair Education and Training Committee

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