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RACMA Curriculum Steering Committee

The Curriculum Steering Committee (CSC) is responsible for policy and procedures to guide the development, implementation and evaluation of the Fellowship Training Curricula - standard and accelerated pathway, for the College.

1. Membership
The Chair of the Committee is a senior College Fellow with a demonstrated proficiency in curriculum development and implementation.

Other members
  • The Chair or nominee of the Education and Training Committee
  • The Chair or nominee of the Credentialing Committee
  • The Chair or nominee of the Training Committee
  • A Chair of the Board of Studies jurisdictional representative
  • A Continuing Education Program Coordinator representative
  • Other coopted Fellows
  • The Candidate Member on the Board or nominee
  • A co-opted external expert/s (e.g. university academic, employer, community representative) as appropriate

All members have sufficient medical management and educational expertise to act effectively as members of the Committee, as determined by the RACMA Board.

2. Reporting Line
The CSC seeks information and feedback from their Curriculum Working Party (CWP) and then makes recommendations to the Education and Training Committee (ETC), who then make recommendations for acceptance to the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) Board. Operational issues are ratified by the ETC.

3. Meetings
The Committee meets on a regular basis - with a minimum of 3 meetings a year. The majority of meetings will be held via teleconference. In the absence of the Chair, one of the attending members will be elected as Acting Chair. The quorum will be at least 4 Members.

4. Responsibilities

4.1 Strategic approach
The committee will adopt a strategic approach when developing the curriculum in order to engage key jurisdictional stakeholders in formulating a strong national approach to delivery of the education and training program; strengthen strategic alliances with other education training organizations; create a more innovative College education and training program and use the curriculum to market the educational programs of the College.

4.2 Curriculum design
The committee will implement the most appropriate curriculum design after considering the formats of other professional Colleges, International programs, the AQF, Junior Doctors Framework etc.

4.3 Australian Medical Council (AMC) Accreditation
The Committee ensures that the Curriculum documentation and review incorporates the AMC's suggestions for ongoing accreditation. The College's alignment of training and assessment across jurisdictions is subject to a review by the Specialist Education Accreditation Committee in June 2011.

4.4 Curriculum development
The Committee's role is to oversee the development and review of the Fellowship Training Program curricula; in order to provide a professionally relevant and progressive educational program for participants. The CSC and the Continuing Education Program Committee will collaborate in order to ensure cohesion across the curricula.

4.5 Curriculum Working Party
The CSC is responsible for the coordination of the greater CWP. The CWP is an expert reference group that will develop the various curriculum tools under the direct guidance of the CSC. This reference group needs to be cross representational and should involve the following:
  • Chairs of BOS in each jurisdiction
  • 3 censors
  • 3 preceptors
  • Preceptor coordinator/s
  • 2 CEP coordinators
  • 3 senior Fellows
  • 2 Candidates
  • 2 recent Candidates/new Fellows
  • CEP Committee Chair, and
  • Co-opted others e.g. community representative, specialist expertise (e.g. assessment), representative of one of the university masters degrees.

4.6 Communication
The Curriculum Committee will regularly contribute to the e-bulletin Ed Notes and RACMA Notes in order to communicate progress and seek feedback from within the College. As part of the curriculum development the committee will research innovative educational platforms for utilisation in the Fellowship program.

4.7 Advisory role
The CSC provides advice and assistance regarding the College's Fellowship educational responsibilities to the Education and Training Committee (ETC). The committee also provides advice to Council on progress via the ETC or when the Chair is invited as an attendee.

4.8 Policy review
The Committee oversees the review of RACMA's policy and procedural documentation at least triennially, in the following area:
  • Curriculum development and review

4.9 Evaluation of the educational program
The committee will develop a program of evaluation for the curriculum in order to keep the curriculum relevant and dynamic. The Training Committee will oversee the implementation and maintenance of the evaluation program.

4.10 Financial obligations
The committee must consider the revenue goals suggested by the Board when developing the Fellowship Training Program. All programs must not only be educationally rigorous but must also meet the financial objectives of the College.

4.11 Other
The Committee shall advise the ETC and the RACMA Board on any matters that they may request.

5. Evaluation of the Terms of Reference
The Committee reviews and reassesses its Terms of Reference at least annually and recommends any changes it considers appropriate to the RACMA Council.

6. Progression
The CSC will be subsumed by the Training Committee once the term of the curriculum development project is fulfilled.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 April 2012 11:26