College Trainees' Committee communiqué May 2020

The following Communiqué highlights the key topics discussed as part of the 02-2020 College Trainees' Committee meeting, held on Thursday 14 May 2020.

COVID-19 Examination, Training and Accreditation

As most of you are aware, our College has made the decision to postpone multiple examinations including all planned accreditation visits. See the latest information on the postponed 2020 Divisional Clinical Examination.

The College Trainees’ Committee advocated strongly that the 2020 DCE should not count as an exam attempt given COVID-19 impacts on training and exam preparation this year, and this has recently been approved through the College Education Committee. There will be plans to host regular webinars for trainees in the lead up to the virtual long cases. We have also worked with the College to develop a pulse survey which will go to all Australian DCE candidates to help with scheduling of the exam in different regions.

In response to the postponed DCE, our College has offered trainees a provisional Advanced Training (pAT) progression pathway to help us continue our training.

The College Education Committee have decided on a range of interim measures for training and accreditation as a result of the impacts of COVID-19 after reviewing the recommendations of the COVID-19 Training and Accreditation Advisory Group and the results of a trainee survey on COVID-19 (PDF). All decisions were made in accordance with our new education and training principles to try and minimise the disruptions to settings and to progression through training. These changes are time-bound which will be reviewed in October 2020 by the CEC to determine if they remain valid. For more information, see Changes to requirements.

Online Learning Resource

Our College is continually working to develop the ‘Divisional Examination Readiness’ resource to assist trainees preparing for the Divisional Examinations. The resource intends to include mock clinical examination videos for both Adult Medicine and Paediatrics & Child Heath to further assist trainees to prepare for their examinations. Further updates will be provided to trainees when the resources is available.

College Learning Series

The full 2019 College Learning Series is now available. Our College is continuing to develop the Paediatrics & Child Health Lecture Series with the help of Directors of Paediatric Education and state based lecture programs. The CLS remains in a good position to deliver the full schedule in 2020 despite the impacts of COVID-19

Computer-Based Testing

The February 2021 Divisional Written Examination will be offered via the current paper-based exam method. The initial rollout of CBT will be with the AFRM Module 1 Written Assessment in mid-2021. A limited rollout of the Divisional Written Examination for Basic Trainees will then be run later that year. The CTC was reassured that on site exam condition mock testing will take place in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand to ensure the reimplementation of CBT is done correctly. Read more on the reimplementation of Computer-based testing

Please contact us on if you have any feedback or concerns you would like us to assist with.

Dr Davina Buntsma, Chair
College Trainees' Committee
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