Fellowship Support Program

What is the Fellowship Support Program (FSP)?

RACGP’s Fellowship Support Program is the new self-funded education and training program that will replace the Practice Experience Program (PEP)  Standard Stream. This program reinforces RACGP’s objective of  supporting doctors who aspire to complete their Fellowship via the General Practice Experience (GPE) Pathway.

What are the Key Information about the FSP*?

  • This is a self-funded program which means RACGP will run the program independently, with no financial support from the government. 
  • It  is a 24-month program prior to sitting Fellowship exams which means it is divided into 4 semesters (one semester is equivalent to 6 calendar months ). Participants who have completed the program may then prepare and achieve the requirements of sitting on Fellowship exams.
  • There are two intakes per year – one at the beginning of the year and the other one in mid year.  First intake is set in January 2023.
  • Applications shall open from July 4 to 15 2022. The first FSP entry exam is scheduled in October 2022.
  • Participants will have access to A1 (VR) Medicare rebates whilst in the education and training component and whilst sitting exams.  

Am I Eligible?

To participate on FSP, you need to meet the following criteria*:

  • Australian or New Zealand Citizenship, or Temporary or Permanent resident.
  • General or limited medical registration (Level 2 supervision and above only) enabling full scope of practice.
  • Must be employed or have a job offer in a practice in an MMM 2-7 location at the time of application. Please note that employment with After Hours service is excluded as it is not defined by RACGP as ‘comprehensive’. 
  • Must work in a training location that complies with the General Practice Fellowship Program Placement Guidelines (if a Provider Number under the FSP is required). Any Fellowship program like the FSP must follow the placement guidelines set by the Department of Health. This means FSP is particularly made for GPs whose placements are in MM2-7 areas. Applications of doctors who wish to join FSP but are employed in an MM1 area will be subject to approval of exceptional circumstances.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of one exam semester remaining to complete all  Fellowship examinations, as per the Fellowship Exam Attempts Policy. Applicants may have multiple attempts to the AKT and KFP exams. However they need to pass the exams in their fifth semester and dedicate their sixth and final semester to their clinical exams. 

What do I need to prepare for the application process?

A full list of application requirements for the FSP will be released in June 2022. Similar to other enrolment requirements, you need to prepare basic contact details: 

  • primary medical degree
  • current Australian Medical Registration
  • name
  • location 
  • accreditation status of current (or intended) practice 

All related documentation must be attached to support your details written on your application. 

How do I apply?

RACGP has set these three stages to FSP application process*:

Step 1 – Eligibility and Approved Placement

Eligibility will include a review of medical qualifications and registration status, exam candidacy, location, and classification of practice.

Step 2 – Assessment

Candidates will have to complete a situational judgement and knowledge test in October 2022. More details about this assessment will be available in the Application Handbook, due for release by June 2022.

Step 3 – Provider Number applications, program agreement and fees

Candidates who pass the entrance exams for FSP  will have the opportunity to apply for a new Medical Provider Number that is at the A1 level. As per the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) A1 level is equivalent to consultation fee bracket being charged by VR General Practitioners.

Applications to FPS will require enrolment fees. As mentioned, FSP is a self funded program, hence, participants will have to pay program fees at the start of each semester. Details about program fees will be released by June 2022.

Please visit the following links for more information about the Fellowship Support Program:

https://www.racgp.org.au/education/imgs/fellowship-pathways/fellowship-programs-for-imgs/fellowship-support-program

https://www.racgp.org.au/education/imgs/fellowship-pathways/fellowship-programs-for-imgs/fellowship-support-program/faqs

We will release individual blogs for a deeper understanding of the FSP. The blog topics will include: 

  • Assessments
  • Selection/Eligibility/Intake process and timing
  • Placements, Provider Numbers

*all these information are from RACGP-FSP web pages

** please note that this blog has been updated as per the new guidelines released by RACGP-FSP (as of 16.06.2022)

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