AST StAMPS

The Structured Assessment using Multiple Patient Scenarios (StAMPS) is also used to assess performance in the following Advanced Specialised Training (AST) programs delivered by ACRRM:

  • Adult Internal Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Paediatrics
  • Mental Health
  • Surgery

The format is the same as for Primary Curriculum StAMPS but the content is mapped to the specific AST curricula.

AST StAMPS is delivered as follows:

  • Via distance technology from your own community or face to face at a venue arranged by the College
  • Using a fictional AST Community Profile to set the context for answering questions, often referred to as ‘StAMPSville’
  • Eight stations or scenarios are delivered by two or more examiners
  • Pre-reading material on all scenarios provided 10 minutes pre-exam, and
  • Five minutes between scenarios to consider the material for the next scenario and make notes.

Eligibility

To be eligible for AST StAMPS you must be undertaking or have completed training in the discipline or have received Recognition of Prior Learning for training in the discipline.

You should undertake the assessments in the later part of training, while still working in the relevant specialist environment.

It is not a prerequisite to complete all Primary Curriculum assessments before undertaking the AST assessments.

Preparing for AST StAMPS

Ensure that you have substantial experience at a registrar level of responsibility across the breadth of the curriculum for the relevant AST curriculum and that your experience is current.

Familiarise yourself with the Community Profile. StAMPS AST EM & GEM or StAMPS AST Paediatrics, Mental Health, Adult Internal Medicine & Surgery

If this is your first StAMPS assessment, practise the skills required for StAMPS. The preparation recommendations are the same as for PC StAMPS preparation. The Mock Exam is strongly recommended as preparation for all StAMPS assessment. EM StAMPS also has a Study Group with which you can engage.

Review the practice scenarios provided for PC StAMPS and AST EM StAMPS.

Active participation in the ruralEM forum is strongly recommended if you are undertaking AST EM.

Key dates for AST StAMPS in 2018

 

First semester

Second semester

Enrolments close

 

22 January 2018

4 June 2018

StAMPS Mock Exam

7 & 8 April 2018

15 & 16 September 2018

Study groups EM StAMPS

Week commencing 7 May 2018 (TBC)

Week commencing 10 September 2018 (TBC)

EM StAMPS dates

14 &15 July 2018

17 &18 November 2018

AIM StAMPS dates

 

1 December 2018

Mental Health, Paediatrics, Surgery

 

November or December 2018 (TBA)