I want to follow the ACRRM pathway to Fellowship…what do I need to do?

Here at People Medical Consulting we like spreading what we know and giving you a clear pathway to your career. We’re answering a different question each week based on queries raised via our Facebook Instagram profiles.




I want to follow the ACRRM pathway to Fellowship…what do I need to do?


ACRRM will require you to be on a training program to work your way towards sitting their fellowship exams. There are 3 training programs to work towards ACRRM Fellowship-

  • ACRRM Independent Pathway
  • Vocational Preparation Pathway (Delivered as a part of AGPT), and
  • Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS)

To be eligible to get started on these pathways, you’ll need to have current AHPRA registration which means you must already be working in Australia. Take a careful look at each of the pathways because they have their own individual requirements above this as well.

ACRRM also has their version of the “Specialist Training Pathway” if you hold a suitable qualification in one of their identified countries, listed here.


How long will it take to work towards sitting for Fellowship with ACRRM?

Training for each pathway can be completed within four years; however training time may be reduced through Recognition of Prior Learning or the REEF Program.


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

This is where ACRRM will assess your experience (Similar to RACGP) to determine how much of your current experience will be attributed towards your training and therefore reduce the time you must work til you are eligible to start sitting the fellowship exams. As part of the application process, you’ll be required to provide a reference from a supervisor or senior colleague who you worked with at the time, who can validate your RPL claim.

Your past experience will need to fall into the following categories;

  • Core Clinical Training
  • Primary Rural and Remote Training, and
  • Advanced Specialised Training.

You can get a “result estimate” for your time assessment, which is referred to as a “Provisional RPL”. A ‘provisional Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)’ outcome is a prerequisite for applying for the ACRRM Independent Pathway. This type of application can be completed to provide an indication of what RPL result you will be awarded. However, please be aware that the final RPL results will be provided as part of the full application process.


Rural Experienced Entry to Fellowship (REEF):

  • The Rural Experienced Entry to Fellowship (REEF) recognises your existing skills and experience, and provides you an accelerated option to achieve Fellowship with ACRRM.
  • Simply meet the eligibility requirements and successfully complete two standard College assessments (MiniCEX and MSF), to be awarded the Fellowship of ACRRM.


What are the ACRRM Fellowship Exams?

ACRRM has 5 fellowship exams which are both clinic based and theoretical. Generally, assessments are offered twice each year although there are exceptions to this. The exams that you will undertake are:


Mini Clinical Evaluation Exercise (miniCEX)

  • The miniCEX is a workplace based assessment used to evaluate your direct contact with patients


Multiple-Source Feedback (MSF)

  • The Multi-Source Feedback (MSF) is a well-recognised, valid, and reliable method of assessing interpersonal and professional behaviour, development, and clinical skills.


Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

  • Multiple choice question exam (MCQ) is a reliable method to test your applied knowledge, recall and reasoning across the curriculum content.


Case Based Discussion (CBD)

  • Case Based Discussion (CBD) assessment is an assessment of your clinical reasoning and application of knowledge using your clinical cases in your own clinical context.


Structured Assessment using Multiple Patient Scenarios (StAMPS)

  • The Structured Assessment Using Multiple Patient Scenarios (StAMPS) is a unique assessment which blends the formats of an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and a traditional viva vocè examination.


If our team can help, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We provide as much information as we can, and we help at every stage of the process. Contact our team at [email protected] to find out more about how we can help you.

People Medical Consulting are a team of professionals with a passion for guiding those specialising in the Medical industry to find their career pathway and settle into Australia. Working with both Australian trained and Overseas trained professionals, we have extensive experience in   Recruitment of General Practitioners,   Migration for all with a special emphasis on Medical and   Document Assistance for those requiring support with RACGP, AHPRA, 19AA and 19AB Medicare Exemption


Related Articles