Regional training organisations materials

This tool kit lays out the components of the ACRRM Vocational Training Program, and provides Regional Training Organisations with a quick reference guide to the training and assessment processes. By using this material, 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.

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

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

ACRRM registrars are assessed progressively. This video is a summary of the types of assessment.

Preparing for training

Registrars wishing to train towards Fellowship of ACRRM need to enrol and become a member of the College [more]

Read the College's policy

It’s important for you to familiarise yourself with the various training policies that apply to your training program. For a list of policies click here.

Apply for RPL

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can shorten a registrar’s training time. If registrars would like relevant professional experience credited towards their training must apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Registrars submit their application through their training provider. The training provider checks that the application is compete and has the required supporting documentation. The training provider then makes a recommendation for RPL and submits the application to the College. Read the
Recognition of Prior Learning policy located in the Fellowship Training Handbook.

Training Portfolio

Each registrar is provided an electronic training portfolio, prior to beginning training. The My Training Portfolio is accessible from each registrar's My College Dashboard. This portfolio tracks the registrar's progress to their requirements.

Curricula

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.

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 located in the Fellowship Training Handbook.

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 located in the Fellowship Training Handbook.

Advanced Specialised Training (AST)

AST is 12 months training in one of 11 disciplines specified by ACRRM: 

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Academic Practice
  • Adult Internal Medicine
  • Anaesthetics
  • Emergency medicine
  • Mental Health
  • Obstetrics and gynaecology
  • Paediatrics
  • Population Health
  • Remote Medicine, and
  • Surgery.

AST curricula available are on the Advanced Specialised Training page.

Read the College’s policy on Advanced Specialised Training.

Other Training requirements

Emergency Medicine Courses (compulsory)

Registrars must complete at least two ACRRM-accredited emergency medicine courses. [more]

Read the College's Emergency Medicine Course Requirements Policy 

The current list of Tier 1 and 2 courses are listed here: Accredited Emergency Courses.

Regional Training Organisations who wish to apply for accreditation of additional courses that they run or recommend for their Registrars, will need to download the Emergency Medicine Accreditation Form. This form should be completed and emailed along with all supporting documentation for consideration by the Vocational Training Committee.

Online Learning platform - RRMEO modules

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.

The RRMEO Module Policy is available in the Fellowship Training Handbook.

Assessment

Assessment Modalities

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 online using the electronic version or in ACRRM’s paper version. Some AST disciplines have additional logbooks.

Advanced Specialised Training Assessment Modalities

Registrars are also required to obtain a pass grade in each of the assessments for their chosen Advanced Specialised Training Discipline.

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

Enrolment forms are available within the assessment area of the website.

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, mock exams (PC StAMPS only), study groups (both PC & AST EM StAMPS), assessment information sessions and StAMPS practice scenarios. Relevant information and enrolment instructions for these are available from the assessment area of the website. [more]

MCQ

After enrolling for an MCQ, registrars can undertake a practice exam and are offered online workshops. To access practice questions before enrolling, click here, please note these sample questions are under review, so check back for updated questions.

StAMPS

Practice scenarios and marking information is available on the college assessment page.

Registrars enrolled in StAMPS are also offered spots in the eigh week study program. All registrars are welcome to attend StAMPS mock exams. 

MiniCEX

It is recommended that registrars complete their formative MiniCEX before attempting their summative miniCEX. Information on both of these are available on the asssessment page.

Registrars may also find the MiniCEX online module useful. Click here to find out more.

Formative assessment

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.

Forms

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 on info@cfepsurveys.com.au.

Accrediting supervisors and teaching posts

All stages of training must be undertaken in ACRRM-accredited teaching posts with accredited supervisors. [more]

Please click here to search for accredited teaching posts.

Training Polices

All policies relating to the operation of ACRRM’s training and assessment are linked from the Training Policies page.