Eligibility to sit the RACMA Pre-Fellowship Oral Examinations
Eligibility to sit the RACMA Pre-Fellowship Oral Examinations
Approval Date: March 2012
Approved By: Education and Training Committee
Review Date: March 2015
Reviewed By: Board of Censors
The purpose of this Regulation is to outline the requirements for a RACMA Candidate to sit the final Pre-Fellowship Oral Examination in the (Medical Leadership and Management) Fellowship Training Program.
This regulation applies to all Candidates in the Fellowship (Medical Leadership and Management) Training Program and covers Candidates eligibility to present at the Pre-Fellowship Oral Examinations.
Censor in Chief: The Censor in Chief is Chair of the Board of Censors and will make recommendations about policy relating to all College assessment processes and events. The Censor in Chief will set the schedule and timetable for the examinations, hear appeals and receive requests for special consideration. The Censor in Chief is responsible to recruit and train College Censors and to provide performance feedback to Censors. The Censor in Chief will report the results of examinations to the Education and Training Committee.
Censor for Examinations: The Censor for Examinations will report to the Censor in Chief and be responsible for the conduct of College examinations and advice to Candidates about their results.
Censor for Exam Questions: The Censor for Exam Questions will co-ordinate drafting, evaluation and preparation of questions for the Pre- Fellowship Oral Examinations
Board of Censors: The Board of Censors will comprise the Censors of the College and be chaired by the Censor in Chief
Education and Training Committee: The Education and Training Committee receives recommendations about examination and assessment policy and approves or makes recommendations to the Board consistent with its delegations.
Jurisdictional Coordinator of Training: The Jurisdictional Coordinator of Training may provide advice to Candidates and the Censor for Examinations on Candidate’s readiness to sit the Pre-Fellowship Examination.
Preceptor/Coach: The Preceptor or Coach will assist the Candidates to prepare for the Pre-Fellowship Examination. The Preceptor or Coach should also advise through the Jurisdictional Coordinator of Training, on the Candidate’s readiness to sit the examination.
Eligibility to Present
To be eligible to sit the Pre-Fellowship Oral Exam Candidates are required to successfully complete all training requirements of the Fellowship Training Program. This includes completion of any written case study papers and attending training workshops and the National Trial exams, as well as:
- the required minimum period of supervised medical management practice which Candidates must complete either prior to the Oral Exam or within 6 months of successfully passing the Pre-Fellowship Oral Exam prior to election to Fellowship
- Masters Program that includes the required academic units that meet the requirements of the Fellowship Training Program.
Candidates should consult with the National Office if there is any deviation from that period. Eligibility to Fellowship will be subject to completion of all these components of the Fellowship Training Program.
Currency of Training
Candidates will normally be employed or substantively engaged in health management activities (notwithstanding family leave) and must have submitted satisfactory In- Training Assessment reports to be eligible to present for the examinations. From 2012, the In-Training Assessment reports are to be submitted bi-annually by 30 June and 30 November.
All Candidates, regardless of whether they are in full time or part time training or have interrupted their training must submit a satisfactory In- Training Assessment report for the year in which they intend to present for the examination.
The maximum term for a Candidate to complete all the required elements of the training program is 8 years.
If a Candidate does not complete her/his Fellowship training and successfully pass the examination within this period, her/his Candidacy will be revoked.
Candidates may interrupt their training for a maximum period of two years, after which time they will be required to recommence training and complete their training program within the specified maximum period of 8 years. If a Candidate does not complete their Fellowship training and successfully pass the examination within this period, they will need to show cause as to why their Candidacy should not be revoked.
Candidates who wish to interrupt or defer from their training must complete the leave form on the RACMA website, clearly stating the reasons for the interruption eg sickness, family leave, change of employment, and the date they intend to resume training. Interruption of training is subject to approval by the Education and Training Committee and will incur a deferred training fee.
Candidates who are unsuccessful at their first attempt to pass the examination will receive feedback on their performance and be permitted to sit the examination in the following year, provided that this does not cause them to exceed the maximum training period of 8 years.
Candidates who are unsuccessful at a second attempt to pass the examination will be permitted a third and final attempt, following an interview with their Jurisdictional Coordinator of Training and provided that this does not cause them to exceed the maximum training period of 8 years.
Candidates may sit the oral examination a maximum of three times, provided that this does not cause them to exceed the maximum training period of 8 years. Should a Candidate be unsuccessful on a third attempt to pass the examination, her/his Candidacy will be revoked.
Candidates who fail to pass after 3rd attempt are eligible to reapply for candidacy and advanced standing.
Application for Oral Examination
Candidates who are eligible to undertake the oral examinations are required to complete the exam application form on the RACMA website, pay an examination fee, and return these to the RACMA Training Program Administrator by the designated time. Exam application forms will not be accepted outside of the relevant application period.
Change in membership status
Should a Candidate exceed the permitted training time or the permitted number of examination attempts, they may apply to join the Associate Fellow (AFRACMA) or Affiliate category of membership.
Request for Special Consideration
Candidates who suffer hardship or have other grounds for special consideration regarding their eligibility for the examination, may, with the support of a Preceptor or relevant Senior Fellow, apply in writing to the Censor-in-Chief for consideration of the situation.
RACMA Medical Leadership and Management Curriculum
Regulation – Conduct of Pre-Fellowship Examinations
Policy: Review of Decisions of the Board and its Committees
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