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
and Check-ins with
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH-
Total Coronavirus Cases –
There have been a total of 28,536 cases in Australia. There have been 5 new locally acquired cases and 12 overseas acquired cases in the last 24 hours, with 299 current active cases.
PEP Applications –
Applications for PEP will open on the 11th of January and close on the 29th.
Apply here: https://www.racgp.org.au/racgp-pep-apply-now
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 Circumstances –
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).
Extended Medicare Safety Net (EMSN) –
The EMSN provides an additional Medicare benefit once an annual threshold in out-of-pocket costs for out-of-hospital services has been reached. Out-of-hospital services include GP and specialist attendances, as well as many pathology and diagnostic imaging EMSN cap to attending services. The Original Medicare Safety Net (OMSN) and EMSN thresholds are indexed annually on 1 January in line with the CPI (September Quarter). In addition to applying indexation the latest changes also include applying an EMSN cap to attendance items, coronavirus (COVID-19) telehealth items and one cardiac item.
English Language Tests–
As of October 2020, test providers indicate that testing in Australia is available in all states and territories.
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.
The AMC is 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.
- RVTS applications are currently closed.
- PEP applications will open on the 11th and close on the 27th of January
- ACRRM Independent Pathway intake applications are closed.
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