Should I sit for a PESCI with ACRRM, IME or RACGP?

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It’s really up to you! To make your decision a little easier here are some of the main differences between ACRRM, IME and RACGP PESCIs. 

ACRRM

ACRRM offers PESCIs for all practice locations.  The PESCI locations are assigned based on the location of your practice; however, you can request a PESCI in a different location if needed! 

An interview can be conducted via video conference. However, you will be responsible for organising the interview venue and an invigilator and all costs associated. 

How long you will have to book in advance for a PESCI will depend on the state in which you are requesting a PESCI. 

An ACRRM PESCI costs $2,495.

As part of your application for a PESCI, you will need to provide the following: 

  • Proof of a Medical Qualification as listed on International Medical Education Directory (IMED)
  • Proof of AMC CAT MCQ Examination Assessment Performance or an Eligibility to Apply for Provisional Registration through the Competent Authority Pathway
  • Proof of Current Job Offer in an Area of Need (AON) or Distribution Priority Area (DPA)
  • ACRRM CV
  • Certified Copy of your Passport 
  • ACRRM Position Description 
  • PESCI Agreement
  • Training Plan – if applying for Limited Registration – Postgraduate Training and Supervised Practice

The assessment team will consist of three people: either three College Fellows or two College Fellows and one who may be a health professional, a lay person or a medical practitioner.

The interview will take approximately 90 minutes and will include four or five clinical scenarios which will be conducted as either a role play or case based discussion.

It will assess your competency in each of the following areas, as appropriate to the proposed position:

  • Medical Interviewing Skills
  • Physical Examination Skills
  • Clinical Judgment
  • Treatment/Advice
  • Communication Skills
  • Professionalism
  • Procedural Skills
  • Other Domains Relevant to the Position, e.g. familiarity with relevant social and cultural issues and Australian language idioms.

IME

IME PESCIs are done at its headquarters in Gold Coast, QLD. It also offers virtual interviews.

An IME PESCI costs $2,497.

As part of your application for a PESCI, you will need to provide the following: 

  • Proof of a Medical Qualification as listed on International Medical Education Directory (IMED)
  • Proof of AMC CAT MCQ Examination Assessment Performance or Eligibility for Provisional Registration through the Competent Authority Pathway
  • Proof of Current Job Offer in an Australian General Practice
  • IME Position Description
  • IME CV
  • Certified Copy of Your Passport
  • Training Plan – if applying for Limited Registration – Postgraduate Training and Supervised Practice

The interview panel consists of three to five assessors. Two of them are verified medical practitioners.

The length of the interview is approximately 60-90 minutes.

It is structured to evaluate your capacity in the following areas:

  • Medical Interviewing Skills
  • Physical Examination Skills
  • Clinical Judgement
  • Treatment/Advice
  • Communication Skills
  • Professionalism
  • Procedural Skills
  • Relevant Social and Cultural Needs

RACGP

RACGP PESCIs are currently done via Zoom only and are open to all states in Australia. RACGP also verified that they accept applications from individuals with job offers all over the country, as they are already nationally accredited. 

An RACGP PESCI costs $2,450.

As part of your application for a PESCI, you will need to provide the following documents: 

  • Application Form (for each job offer)
  • AHPRA CV
  • Your Passport’s Details Page
  • Proof of EICS Verification / EPIC (Nominate RACGP to view your verification through the AMC Candidate Portal.)
  • Proof of AMC CAT MCQ Examination Assessment Performance
  • Proof of Passed English Test (within the last 2 years) or Current AHPRA Registration
  • Proof of AMC Clinical Component (if applying for Provisional Registration)
  • RACGP Position Description
  • AHPRA Supervised Practice Plan (SPPA-30) for each job offer

The interview panel comprises three general practitioners: two panelists and a chairperson. The panel may also include a community member or a health professional.

A PESCI consists of questions and cases asked by the panel to enable you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills as outlined in their CV and in consideration of the proposed position description. The interviewers will provide you guidance on what interaction is expected at each stage of the process.

The time allocated for the interview is approximately 60 – 90 minutes.

The interview is designed to assess your capacity in each of the following areas, as appropriate:

  • Medical Interviewing Skills
  • Physical Examination Skills
  • Clinical Judgement
  • Treatment/Advice
  • Communication Skills
  • Professionalism
  • Procedural Skills
  • Relevant Social and Cultural Needs

In our experience, RACGP often provides very detailed feedback at the end of your interview. 

How Can We Help You? 

Information for this blog has been taken directly from:
https://www.racgp.org.au/education/imgs/international-graduates/pesci https://www.acrrm.org.au/support/pre-fellowship/international-graduates/pesci https://www.acrrm.org.au/docs/default-source/all-files/pesci-handbook.pdf?sfvrsn=eeabefd5_2 https://imemedical.com/products/pesci https://www.medicalboard.gov.au/Registration/International-Medical-Graduates/pesci.aspx

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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, and   Document Assistance for those requiring support with RACGP, AHPRA, 19AA and 19AB Medicare Exemptions. 

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