Training ProgramThe advanced training program is three years full-time or six years part-time. There is no basic training component.
The college's training program for candidates has three strands:
- approved workplace supervised medical management experience over three years;
- theoretical studies involving an Australian, or equivalent, university masters degree program containing the core units determined by the RACMA; and
- satisfactory completion of the RACMA training program.
Trainee SelectionThe applicant must have: completed a medical degree at a recognised Australasian university or equivalent; current medical registration in Australia or New Zealand; and at least three years clinical experience in an Australian or New Zealand health system.
Having met these requirements, a clinician makes an application to the college and submits supporting evidence. The application is examined and verified. Where necessary, additional information may be sought. The completed application is reviewed by the censor-in-chief, who then makes a recommendation to the college council that the applicant be accepted or not. Sometimes an applicant may be interviewed. The applicant is then advised of the outcome. Fees are paid. The applicant becomes a candidate, and is allocated a preceptor and supervisor. The first 12 months is a probationary period.
Trainee AssessmentTrainee assessment involves workplace-based assessment and successful completion of both a university masters degree, including core units approved by the college, and the college training program, which has four assessment components:
- participation in college workshops;
- presentation of a case study;
- preceptor/supervisor reports; and
- management practice folio.