Entry to Independent Pathway through Rural Experienced Entry to Fellowship (REEF)

Already have significant experience in rural and remote communities? Become a FACRRM through our Rural Experienced Entry to Fellowship (REEF).

The Rural Experienced Entry to Fellowship (REEF) recognises your existing skills and experience, and provides you an accelerated option to achieve Fellowship with ACRRM. Simply meet the eligibility requirements and successfully complete two standard College assessments (MiniCEX and MSF), to be awarded the Fellowship of ACRRM.

To be eligible, you must have:

  • specialist registration as a general practitioner in Australia (FRACGP) and vocational registration
  • a minimum of seven years full-time equivalent current rural experience post-Fellowship or following vocational registration
  • demonstrated extended practice relevant to your community needs
  • currency and compliance with PDP/QI&CPD program
  • eligibility for, or existing, ACRRM membership
  • a willingness to complete the pathway within 12 months of applying.

Apply now

To find out more about the program, contact our Member Services Team on 1800 223 226 or email membership@acrrm.org.au.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: When do I have to pay my ACRRM membership fee? [more]
    A: To participate in REEF you must pay your membership fees before or at the time of enrolment, however, you can become a member of ACRRM at any time before this if you wish. Find out more about membership here.
  • Q: How much does REEF cost? [more]
    A: The cost of REEF is a single payment of $2995. This does not include membership fees.
  • Q: How long will the program take? [more]
    A: Candidates have 12 months to complete the program and achieve Fellowship. The process of assessment can take as little as 6 months but we recommend giving yourself between 6 to 12 months for completion.
  • Q: What is a miniCEX? [more]

    A: The Mini Clinical Examination Exercise (MiniCEX) is an observation of nine patient consultations. These are assessed in your regular clinical environment with non-emergency patients. The process takes approximately 5 hours.

    These assessments are conducted face to face by an ACRRM appointed assessor and designed to measure performance in:

    • Overall clinical competence
    • Clinical management in the rural/remote context
    • History taking
    • Physical examination
    • Communication skills
  • Q: What is multi source feedback (MSF)? [more]

    A: Multi-Source Feedback (MSF) is a method of assessing interpersonal and professional behaviour, development and clinical skills.

    The MSF tool consists of three components:

    1. a colleague assessment tool - conducted by 12 nominated colleagues
    2. a self-assessment tool - a mandatory requirement for the MSF
    3. a patient assessment tool – a minimum of 30 patients participating in an anonymous questionnaire.
  • Q: I have six years rural experience - can I apply now? [more]

    A: Your time spent in rural practice during your REEF pathway year may be counted as part of your seven years of rural experience. For further information or guidance, please contact Member Services or Training team. (MO)

    You must also fulfil all the eligibility criteria below:

    • specialist registration as a general practitioner in Australia (FRACGP) and vocational
    • demonstrated extended practice relevant to your community needs
    • currency and compliance with PDP/QI&CPD program
    • eligibility for, or existing, ACRRM membership
    • a willingness to complete the pathway within 12 months of applying.
  • Q: What if I'm an FRACGP with seven years’ experience post-Fellowship, but I’m already undertaking a different FACRRM pathway? [more]
    A: Contact the college on 1800 223 226 or at membership@acrrm.org.au.