Curricula Renewal

Central to the RACP’s Education Renewal Program is the Curricula Renewal project, which will redesign, develop and implement 40 curricula across the RACP’s Basic and Advanced Training programs following a competency-based medical education framework.  

We are reviewing and updating our training programs in consultation with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.

We will transition to the renewed curricula for Basic Training from 2020 with a period of familiarisation in 2018 and 2019.

The case for change

What will this mean for trainees?

Trainees will benefit from an improved training experience, with a focus on practical, competency-based workplace learning and progress. The new curricula are based on the RACP Professional Practice Framework to clearly define the behaviours, actions and knowledge that trainees must demonstrate. In addition, planned assessment programs will include multiple measures of performance to show trainee competence over time, rather than in isolation. These improvements will be supported by new technology and learning resources.

What will this mean for educators?

Directors of Physician Education and supervisors will benefit from curricula that provide clear guidance on teaching requirements, as well as increased support through technology, teaching resources and professional development. The new curricula are based on the RACP Professional Practice Framework to clearly define the behaviours, actions and knowledge that educators should impart to trainees. This will help them calibrate judgements of trainee performance.  

What will this mean for Fellows and the wider healthcare sector?

The renewed curricula will be subject to ongoing evaluation and improvement. This will ensure that RACP graduates enter the workforce with current knowledge, demonstrate best practice approaches, and are competent and safe practitioners. The new curricula clearly define the high-quality behaviours, action and knowledge that the medical community, wider healthcare sector and patients can expect from Fellows of the RACP. 

Why is the RACP making these changes?

The competency-based approach to medical education shifts the focus from the amount of time spent on training, to more meaningful measures of trainee achievement, skills development and performance. This approach is fast becoming an international standard for quality medical education; by implementing this new approach the RACP will ensure that physicians in Australia and New Zealand are trained to the highest possible standard. Watch ​a case for change

How is the RACP implementing the changes?

We are starting with improvements to Basic Training.

We previously consulted with members, training sites, jurisdictions, and the general public on the draft curricula standards for Basic Training. The feedback gathered ​has been used to inform the final iterations of the Basic Training curricula standards​.

Improvements to Basic Training are being implemented gradually, beginning with the release of the new curricula standards in 2018 ahead of their application from 2020 onwards. This will provide a period of familiarisation for trainees, Directors of Physician Education, and supervisors.

More information on Curricula Renewal

Basic Training Curricul​a ​Standards
RACP curriculum model 2017 (PDF 0.4MB)
Basic Training Curricula Consultation Report 2017 (PDF 1MB)
Curriculum Advisory Group
Community Child Health Entrustable Professional Activities Pilot
The Professional Practice Framework

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