General Practice Updates

In a constantly changing environment, we summarise the most important updates for General Practitioners. 

This week’s summary includes updates from:

  • The Department of Health
  • ACRRM
  • RACGP
  • Medical Board of Australia

and Check-ins with

  • OET
  • AMC

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH-

Total Coronavirus Cases – 

There have been a total of 27,965 cases in Australia. Of that 25,442 have recovered and 908 have died. There have been 9 new cases in the last 24 hours, with 44 current active cases. 

Find more: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-current-situation-and-case-numbers

ACRRM –

ACRRM Independent Pathway Applications – 

Applications for the ACRRM Independent Pathway April 2021 intake are now open and will close on the 8th of January 2020. 

Apply here: https://www.acrrm.org.au/fellowship/pathways/independent-pathway 

ACRRM 2021 Semester 1 (January to July) Exam Enrolments – 

Enrolments for the ACRRM Fellowship Exams are now open and will close on the 17th of January 2020. 

Apply here: https://www.acrrm.org.au/fellowship/discover-fellowship/assessment/assessment-dates-enrolments 

MEDICARE –

December 2020 Updates – 

From 1 December 2020, substitute nuclear medicine items (61311, 61332, 61333, 61336, 61337, 61341 and 61344) will recommence to allow patients continued access to certain nuclear medicine services during a disruption in the supply of radiopharmaceuticals resulting in shortages. Two items will be amended (61311 and 61332) and five new substitute items (61365, 61377, 61380, 61418 and 61422) will commence to align with changes made to cardiac services on 1 August 2020 and 15 September 2020.

This will ensure that patients are able to access appropriate nuclear medicine items during the current shortage of nuclear medicine isotopes.

The items will be available until 28 February 2021.

Read more here: http://www.mbsonline.gov.au/internet/mbsonline/publishing.nsf/Content/news-201201 

RACGP-

Fellowship Exam Enrolments – 

Enrolments for the 2021.1 AKT and KFP are now closed. 

Important things to know about the clinical exams in 2020 – 

The 2020.1 OSCE was replaced by the Remote Clinical Exam (RCE) in October 2020, but is still considered part of the 2020.1 exam semester for the purposes of prerequisite exams and exam candidacy.

The 2020.2 OSCE will be replaced by the RCE in March 2021, but will still be considered part of the 2020.2 exam semester.

The 2020.2 RCE will be different to the 2020.1 RCE: Instead of three days of four cases, it will be delivered in two days of six cases. This change was made in response to candidate and examiner feedback.

RACGP Extraordinary Circumstance – 

Extraordinary exception: GPE Pathway candidates affected by the 2020.2 AKT and KFP cancellations* will have a six month extension, and will not be required to complete an RACGP-approved program before continuing to sit the Fellowship exams until 1 July  2022 (2022.2 semester).

MEDICAL BOARD OF AUSTRALIA-

Did 2020 exam problems interrupt your ability to progress to general or specialist registration? – 

The Board recognises COVID 19 impacts on exams were outside the control of individual IMGs. So, in 2020, the Board will not refuse to renew an IMG’s registration or refuse to re-register an IMG, solely because they have not been able to sit an AMC or college examination or assessment. This applies to IMGs who were scheduled to sit an examination or be assessed from March 2020, including the 2020 RACGP exam which was affected by an IT failure.

Read more here: https://www.medicalboard.gov.au/News/Newsletters/November-2020.aspx#exam 

CHECK INS-

English Language Tests– 

As of October 2020, test providers indicate that testing in Australia is available in all states and territories.

AMC MCQ- 

The AMC MCQ Examinations have commenced on a staged basis and where possible. As at 17 November 2020, all Australian testing centres are operating. The Melbourne test centres which were closed due to COVID-19 restrictions have reopened. The backlog of examinations caused by the Melbourne test centre closures has been addressed in November 2020 with all candidates provided an opportunity to attempt the examination. Overseas examination operations are continuing to increase with approximately 79% of historic examination volumes being conducted in October 2020. This is due to the different COVID-19 restrictions operating overseas.

AMC Clinical-

The AMC is now pleased to advise international medical graduates and stakeholders the project is progressing very well toward the initially communicated commencement date of February 2021.

Using an alternative online delivery method for the clinical examination the project is being developed beyond an initial response to COVID-19 and delivering the examination in a COVID-19 safe manner.

With the initial objective in February 2021, the online clinical examination delivery will retain the current structure of 16 stations with two unscored stations. The pass mark will remain at 10 stations. There will be no change to existing blueprinting, standard setting and monitoring processes. The Clinical Examination Results Panel will continue to analyse candidate and examination performance as it formally approves candidate results.  

The backbone of the clinical examination delivery will be a triad between a candidate, a simulated patient and an invigilator. The invigilator will act as a case manager who will stay with the candidate throughout the examination, provide candidate tasks, introduce patients, and provide operational and technical support. The invigilator will also perform important security functions such as verification of the candidate identity.

All contacts will be conducted initially via the Zoom platform with added functionality enabling the recording of video and audio. The recordings will be made available to examiners for remote marking.

When clinical examinations were originally cancelled in response to COVID-19, many candidates elected to retain their payment with the AMC to receive priority scheduling with the recommencement of the examinations from February 2021. These candidates will be provided with priority scheduling which will be communicated in early December 2020.

Read more here: https://www.amc.org.au/assessment/clinical-examination/ 

3GA PROGRAM IMPORTANT DATES:

  • AGPT applications are currently closed for the year
  • RVTS applications are currently closed. 
  • PEP applications are currently closed for the year.  
  • ACRRM Independent Pathway intake is open and will close on January 8th.

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