Assessments - College-administered

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The Essay-style exam is now two separate exams

The Essay-style exam has been split into two independent examinations:

Both exams will be assessed separately, starting in August 2021.

You will need to pass both exams to progress through the Fellowship pathway.

NSW Health Guidelines for Specialty Medical College Exams

The New South Wales Health Guidelines for Specialty Medical College Exams has been provided.

Please note that this is current as of 21 July 2021.

 

Trainees in the RANZCP Fellowship Program must successfully complete all the following College-administered assessments to obtain Fellowship.

Specialist International Medical Graduates (SIMGs) assessed as Partially Comparable must successfully complete some of these College-administered assessments.

.Requirements of the Partial Comparability Placement

 Trainees and SIMGs must also complete assessments in their workplace.

.Assessments - workplace

Assessment Description Type Timing
Multiple Choice Question Exam Multiple-choice computer-based exam Summative assessment Recommended for Stage 2. Should be passed by 36 months FTE training. 
Critical Essay Question Exam Paper-based written exam Summative assessment

Recommended for Stage 3. Should be passed by 60 months FTE training. 

Modified Essay Questions Exam Paper-based written exam Summative assessment Recommended for Stage 3. Should be passed by 60 months FTE training. 
Objective Structured Clinical Exam Practical clinical exam Summative assessment Recommended for Stage 3. Should be passed by 60 months FTE training. 
Psychotherapy Written Case One long psychotherapy intervention, with a written case report Summative assessment Should be passed by 60 months FTE training. 
Scholarly Project Original research in an area relevant to psychiatry Summative assessment Plan the project early in training. Should be passed by 60 months FTE training.

 

Formative assessments are part of the training process – they provide information that indicates how a candidate is progressing and feedback into training delivery.

Summative assessments are intended to evaluate a candidate's knowledge and skills after delivery of training.

Independent review of RANZCP examinations

21 December 2020

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) has conducted an independent review of the RANZCP's examinations and associated processes.


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