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 Update
The College submitted its 2014 Accreditation submission to the AMC and MCNZ on 30 May 2014.
In 2014 the AMC is conducting a full re-accreditation assessment of the RACP. The College has provided a detailed submission describing its education and training pathways and processes, including the key changes to training and assessment processes in recent years. The AMC assessment team will review this report, as well as seek comments from stakeholders affected in different ways by the training provided by the College. The AMC assessment team will invite stakeholder submissions on the College's training programs and has gathered feedback from trainees, supervisors and overseas trained physicians through surveys. The team will also be conducting a series of meetings and site visits to explore the key issues raised in the College's submission and the stakeholder submissions.
The College is assessed against the nationally agreed accreditation standards, which are applicable to all specialist medical colleges. These accreditation standards cover:
1) The context of education and training
2) Organisational purpose and training program outcomes
3) The curriculum for the education and training program
4) The teaching and learning methods
5) Assessment of learning
6) Monitoring and evaluation of the curriculum
7) Implementing the curriculum - trainees
8) Implementing the program - delivery of educational resources
9) Continuing professional development