Accreditation is a vital aspect of any training organisation. In Australia, all providers of specialist medical education must be accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC). In New Zealand the process of accreditation is managed by the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ). The primary objective of these accreditation processes is to provide external assurance of the quality of medical education, based on explicit standards.
During the last review in 2010, the RACP was granted accreditation until December 2014 by the AMC and the MCNZ. The 2010 comprehensive report to the AMC is available here. Between accreditation visits, the AMC and MCNZ monitor developments through annual reports.
The AMC is a national standards body for medical education and training. One of its functions is to advise and make recommendations to the Medical Board of Australia on the accreditation of Australian and Australasian providers of specialist medical training and professional development programs. More information on Review and Accreditation of Specialist Medical Education and Training programs in Australia can be found at: www.amc.org.au/index.php/ar/sme.
The MCNZ has similar processes to the AMC for the accreditation of specialist medical education and training. In New Zealand these relate to vocational scopes of practice. Details can be found at: www.mcnz.org.nz/news-and-publications/guides-and-booklets/.
Memorandum of Understanding
In 2010 the AMC and MCNZ signed an agreement extending and formalising aligned accreditation processes by both accrediting authorities. This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has enabled the RACP to more efficiently review and improve its training programs in Australia and New Zealand.
2014 Reaccreditation with the AMC and MCNZ
In 2014 the AMC and MCNZ are conducting a full re-accreditation assessment of the RACP. The College submitted its 2014 Accreditation submission to the AMC and MCNZ on 30 May 2014. This detailed submission describes the College's education and training pathways and processes, including key changes to training and assessment processes in recent years. A Quick Guide to this submission is available here.
The AMC and MCNZ have established an assessment panel to conduct the College's 2014 accreditation assessment. The assessment panel have sought comment from a number of stakeholders on the accreditation submission, and gathered feedback from trainees, supervisors and overseas trained physicians through surveys. The assessment team will also be seeking Member feedback through a series of visits to training settings, which will be conducted in the week commencing 22 September 2014.
The AMC assessment team will be conducting a series of meetings with College members and staff from Monday 29 September to Friday 3 October 2014. During these meetings, the team will explore the key issues raised in the College's submission and the stakeholder feedback.
For more information, please refer to the AMC/MCNZ College visit program.