Should I sit for a PESCI with ACRRM or RACGP?

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

ACRRM PESCI

ACRRM offers PESCIs for all practice locations.  

Interviews are held in QLD, NSW, VIC, SA and WA. 

The PESCI locations are assigned based on the location of the practice; however, you can request a PESCI in a different location if needed! 

ACRRM PESCIs cost $2,495.

Additionally, interviews can be conducted via video conference, but this is generally not recommended by ACRRM. You will also 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. 

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

  • ACRRM CV 
  • Copy of your Passport 
  • ACRRM Position Description 
  • Training Plan (Only if applying for Limited Registration – Postgraduate Training and Supervised Practice)

The PESCI panel 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. Each 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.

The interview will assess the applicant’s 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.

RACGP

RACGP offers PESCIs for practices only in ACT, NSW, SA, VIC and TAS.  

RACGP PESCIs cost $2,145.

Interviews are generally available within 3 – 9 weeks depending on the number of interview requests. However, this may be delayed due to COVID.

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

  • Application form 
  • Position Description (RACGP format) 
  • AHPRA or RACGP formatted Curriculum Vitae
  • AHPRA Supervised Practice Plan
  • A copy of the passport details page

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 the candidate to demonstrate their knowledge and skills as outlined in their CV and in consideration of the proposed position description. The interviewers will provide 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 the candidate’s 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. 

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