The Training Providers’ Tool Kit
for delivering the ACRRM Vocational Training Program
This tool kit lays out the components of the ACRRM Vocational Training Program, and provides Regional Training Providers with a quick reference guide to the training and assessment processes.
By working through this toolkit, you can be confident that you are supporting your ACRRM registrars on their journey toward completion of training and ensure that they achieve Fellowship without delay.
1. Orientating your ACRRM registrars
To help you welcome and orientate your ACRRM registrars to the training program, the College has prepared some video, print and online resources. [more]
ACRRM gratefully acknowledges the contribution and support of the Australian Government in the production of this resource.
Training towards Fellowship of ACRRM (video) (11 minutes)
This video provides registrars with an overview of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, its three accredited training pathways, and its training and assessment requirements.
The ACRRM assessment process (video) (4 minutes)
ACRRM Registrars are assessed progressively. This video is a summary of the types of assessment.
Frequently asked questions(FAQs)
2. Preparing for training
Registrars wishing to train towards Fellowship of ACRRM must first enrol as a member of the college and as a registrar on the training program. Both enrolments can be done simultaneously using one online form: ACRRM Registrar Pathway Enrolment and Membership Application [more]
Read the College’s policy
The 2-page Policy on Vocational Training Program Enrolment and Participation covers the responsibilities of the training provider, the registrar and the College.
Apply for RPL
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can shorten a registrar’s training time. Registrars who would like relevant professional experience credited towards their training must apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) within 12 months of enrolling to train with ACRRM. The College strongly recommends registrars apply when enrolling (before the registrar’s Learning Plan is drawn up with the Medical Educator).
Guidelines for RPL A guide to completing the RPL application form
RPL application Form This online form should be completed in consultation with your registrar and their Medical Educator.
Each registrar is required to develop a learning plan prior to beginning training. An online learning planner is available free to all ACRRM registrars on Rural and Remote Medical Education Online (RRMEO).
ACRRM’s Primary Curriculum describes the skills, knowledge and attitudes a registrar should develop or acquire during the Core Clinical and the Primary Rural and Remote Training stages of training
ACRRM’s Advanced Specialised Training Curricula describe the skills, knowledge and attitudes a registrar should develop or acquire during advanced specialised training stage.
4. Clinical training requirements
The ACRRM Vocational Training Program is a four-year integrated program undertaken in three stages of learning and experience. Core Clinical Training can be commenced after completing your first postgraduate year (PGY1). ACRRM then gives you flexibility to choose the order and timing of your remaining training and assessment components. [more]
Core Clinical Training (CCT)
CCT is 12 months working in an ACRRM-accredited hospital. A registrar is required to complete rotations in anaesthetics, emergency medicine, general medicine, general surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology and paediatrics.
Read the College’s Policy on Core Clinical Training.
Primary Rural and Remote Training (PRRT)
PRRT IS 24 months training in one or more ACRRM-accredited rural and remote posts, such as a rural general practice, a rural hospital, the Royal Flying Doctor Service or Aboriginal Medical Service.
Read the College’s Policy on Primary Rural and Remote Training.
Advanced Specialised Training (AST)
AST is 12 months training in one of ten disciplines specified by ACRRM: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Adult Internal Medicine, Anaesthetics, Emergency medicine, Mental Health, Obstetrics and gynaecology, Paediatrics, Population Health, Remote Medicine, and Surgery.
The AST curricula currently available are on the Advanced Specialised Training page of the College website. Other curricula are being developed or reviewed.
Read the College’s Policy on Advanced Specialised Training.
5. Other Training requirements
Emergency Medicine Courses (compulsory)
Registrars must complete at least two ACRRM-accredited emergency medicine courses. [more]
Rural and Remote Medical Education Online (RRMEO)
Registrars must complete four modules on RRMEO, where there are hundreds of appropriate topics to choose from. Encourage your registrars to choose modules that fill gaps in their learning program.
RRMEO Module Policy
There are five mandatory assessments covering the skills, knowledge, and attitudes stipulated in the Primary Curriculum, with additional assessments for the registrar’s AST stage. [more]
Multiple choice questions (MCQ) exams
The MCQ exams are done online either in the registrar’s community or at ACRRM’s exam centre. A registrar can apply to undertake an MCQ exam after 12 months training. However, the College strongly recommends that registrars first complete 12 months of Primary Rural and Remote Training.
Multi-Source Feedback (MSF)
Registrars are given feedback by peers and patients, according to criteria set by ACRRM. MSF can be taken after 24 months training, but is best done early in Primary Rural and Remote Training.
Mini Clinical Evaluation Exercise (miniCEX)
The miniCEX can be taken after 24 months training under the supervision of an ACRRM-appointed examiner. Ideally, it is done in a Primary Rural and Remote post.
Structured Assessments using Multiple Patient Scenarios (StAMPS)
The StAMPS exam is similar to a viva voce via video conference and can be taken after 24 months of training. The College recommends that registrars leave this exam until the latter part of their training.
Procedural Skill Logbook
Registrars must complete the Procedural Skills Logbook. Log books can be completed on line using the RRMEO electronic version or in ACRRM’s paper version. Some AST disciplines have additional logbooks.
The Assessment Handbook
Handbook for Fellowship Assessment
The Assessment Handbook provides training providers and their registrars with a detailed overview of the FACRRM assessment requirements.
Enrolling in Assessment
Below are enrolment forms for ACRRM Assessments:
2013 Enrolment form for Primary Rural and Remote Curriculum: This is the application form for miniCEX, MCQ, and StAMPS examinations.
2013 Enrolment form for Advanced Specialised Training: This is application form for the miniCEX, StAMPS examinations for AST and Projects.
Project Proposal Form for Advanced Specialised Training project
Preparing a registrar for assessment
The College assists registrars to prepare for ACRRM assessments by familiarising them with the style and formats of exams. This is done with practice exams, sample questions, workshops, and instructive RRMEO modules. [more]
Read the 12 sample MCQs that indicate style and format. After enrolling for an MCQ, registrars can undertake a practice exam and are offered online workshops.
Practice scenarios and marking information is available on the StAMPS practice scenarios page of the College website.
Registrars enrolled in StAMPS are also offered online workshops. (A training module will be available on RRMEO shortly.)
You will find the formative miniCEX module on RRMEO module is also helpful when preparing for a summative miniCEX.
ACRRM encourages regular formative miniCEX. this can be completed as part of External Clinical Teaching Visit (ECTV) and/or done by the registrar’s supervisor.
Scoring sheet (miniCEX)
Patient consent form (miniCEX)
The College encourages all registrars to undertake a formative Multi Source Feedback assessment. This can be arranged by contacting Client Focused Evaluations Program cfepbigpond [dot] net [dot] au.
To view more information about Assessment please go to the Assessment page.
7. Accrediting supervisors and teaching posts
Training posts and supervisors
All stages of training must be undertaken in ACRRM-accredited teaching posts with accredited supervisors. [more]
Guide for Supervisors
This guide was developed for doctors supervising (or intending to supervise) registrars undertaking Primary Rural and Remote training (ACRRM Vocational Preparation Pathway).
8. Operational Polices
All policies relating to the operation of ACRRM’s training and assessment are linked from the Operational Policies page of the College website.