RANZCP statement on cancellation of AV OSCEs

20 November 2021

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) wishes to advise that it is with deep regret that today’s Audio Visual (AV) Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) was not able to be delivered satisfactorily.

The significant IT issues experienced with this morning’s examination related to video conferencing failures within the assessment platform. This resulted in many candidates, examiners and role players being unable to join their rooms for assessment.

Notwithstanding the exhaustive efforts to rectify these issues for the afternoon sessions, the external software developer was unable to support the assessment in its planned format. All feasible options were explored to run an examination this afternoon, including a manually administered assessment run by College staff.

As we were unable to guarantee an improved experience and deliver an examination environment that was satisfactory for all candidates, the difficult decision was made to cancel the afternoon’s assessment. The College apologises to all those impacted by today’s events.

RANZCP President, Associate Professor Lakra, says ‘that the RANZCP Board and College are acutely aware of the significant impact that this decision has had for many participants who had prepared for many months or more to sit the AV OSCE. The College is committed to supporting all affected candidates through this challenging time.’

All candidates, examiners and role players were communicated with as much as possible throughout the day. The College has also held town hall meetings to give candidates and examiners the opportunity to provide feedback and receive answers to queries. We understand that there will still be many questions and we are committed to working through these openly and together.

The College’s first priority is the wellbeing of all involved in today’s examination and acknowledges the significant distress that has already been experienced. We also acknowledge the significant impact that preparing for the assessment has had on many personally.

Earlier this week, candidates were advised that the examination was to be a no-disadvantage examination and that the College would exercise maximum flexibility in the computation of results.  

Our priority now is to maintain the wellbeing of our trainees and specialist international medical graduates (SIMG) candidates and investigate all contingencies which we will continue to discuss further with candidates during and following the town hall meeting.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES: For more information, or to arrange an interview call Media on +61 (0)3 9640 0646 or +61 437 315 911, or email media@ranzcp.org.