One of the primary roles of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians is education - education of trainees and ongoing education and professional development of Fellows.
A key principle in the College's education philosophy is accountability to the public for the competencies and expertise of the Fellows of the College. In this way we seek to uphold the highest possible standards of medical specialisation, to enable the best possible delivery of health services to the communities of Australia and New Zealand.
Our recent efforts have been directed to improving the processes, quality and standards of training for our trainees. One of our recent developments has been the introduction of Physician Readiness for Expert Practice (PREP) Basic Training which is a comprehensive system of formative education for our trainees through Basic Training. This process involves:
The Advanced Training programs are similar to PREP Basic Training, in that there is regular formative feedback and assessments to guide and shape the learning of our trainees in the different medical specialties.
MyCPD is the continuing professional development (CPD) program for Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
Underpinning all of our education is the adherence to high standards, and the use of electronic environments to link and support our trainees and Fellows. There is a Basic Training Portal which contains all the tools needed for Basic Training, a similar portal for Advanced Training is under development, and the MyCPD engine is already available for Fellows for their Continuing Professional Development.
All of these activities are undertaken with extensive support from many Fellows of the College who generously give their time and goodwill to support the education of trainees. In addition we expect Fellows to attend to their own ongoing education through the MyCPD program.