Trainee News June 2018

Message from the Chair of the College Trainees' Committee

It is with enthusiasm that I write to you as the incoming Chair of the College Trainees’ Committee (CTC). 

As a RACP trainee, I sat the Paediatric Written Examination this year and empathise with those directly affected by its failures. During this time the College Trainees’ Committee (CTC) was advocating for you at all levels. We saw the impact of a united trainee voice and I encourage all trainees to engage in trainee advocacy. 

Encouragingly, members of the new RACP Board, including President Associate Professor Mark Lane, have reached out and are interested in the trainee experience and perspective moving forward. We congratulate Dr Alice Grey on her appointment as trainee representative to the Board and will work closely with her over the next two years. 

Our immediate priority is to ensure the fair and smooth running of the remaining adult clinical exams this year, and to minimise the impact of the extended timeline on advanced training applications and recruitment. We will be vigilant in following up the results of the independent inquiry and in the execution of the 2019 Divisional Written Examination. Longer term, we will be advocating for further transparency relating to assessments and fees. The CTC now has a standing position at Australian Medical Association (AMA) Doctors in Training meetings, providing a valuable ongoing connection. 

At the recent Trainees’ Day in Sydney organised by the CTC, we were both challenged and inspired by Dr Simon Quilty and Professor David Isaacs who have made significant impacts in the areas of Indigenous Health and Refugee and Asylum Seeker advocacy respectively. 

It is encouraging to see the RACP’s policy on climate change, and trainees already advocating in this important area. 

We will explore flexible training pathways for Indigenous and Māori trainees, rural trainees, and other priority groups (noting that women now make up 57 per cent of RACP trainees). Trainee well-being remains an ongoing priority, including identification and reduction of stressors experienced by trainees.  

We thank the outgoing CTC Executive Committee members, Dr Tina Marinelli, Dr Jin Russell and Dr Susannah Ward, who have displayed outstanding service to trainees over many years. I look forward to introducing you to the new committee following our August meeting.
The CTC are always interested in your ideas and any issues that are relevant to your training. Please get in touch via We will also watch the Trainees Facebook ​Group for themes that arise. Vacant trainee committee positions will ​be advertised ​in this newsletter and I encourage you to get directly involved and work with us in creating positive change for trainees.

Warm regards,
Dr Davina Buntsma
Chair of the College Trainees’ Committee

Mid-year registrations now open

Registrations are now open until 31 August 2018 in Australia and until 31 July in New Zealand for mid-year registrations for Adult Medicine and Paediatrics Basic Training.

If you have only registered for the first half of the year, we remind you to prospectively register terms for the remainder of the year via our online registration system.

Please note that any prospective registrations not submitted by 31 August (Australia) and 31 July (New Zealand) will result in unapproved training time which will extend the length of training programs. 

AFOEM examinations open for application from 25 June

Applications will be open on Monday, 25 June 2018 for all eligible AFOEM trainees (who have met the training program requirements) for the September and November 2018 examinations. 

Following are the dates for the upcoming 2018 AFOEM examinations:

Stage A Written Examinations – Saturday, 1 September 2018
Stage B Written Examinations – Saturday, 1 and Sunday, 2 September 2018
Stage B Practical Examinations – Saturday, 17 November 2018 (an additional date of Sunday, 18 November 2018 may be added depending on the number of eligible candidates).

Applications will be open from Monday, 25 June 2018 and will close on Monday, 9 July 2018 at 5pm (AEST). Any applications received after this closing time will not be accepted.

Submit your training requirements to, by Tuesday, 31 July 2018. Examinations invoices will be issued in August.

Remember you will need to satisfactorily complete all requirements for the January-June 2018 training period by the relevant deadlines to be eligible. Your Training Handbook provides more information.

Basic Training reminders: Mid-Year Progress Reports and 2018 PREP requirements

Adult Medicine trainees need to submit their Mid-Year Progress Report by 31 July (New Zealand) or 31 August (Australia) if they have not already been submitted by your DPE or ES.

Annual PREP Tools, need to be submitted before 20 December 2018 (New Zealand and before 31 January 2019 (Australia). PREP Tools not submitted by the due date will result in training not being certified.

If training has been partially interrupted in 2018 and your training time is eligible for certification, you need to complete pro-rata PREP Tool requirements. Please visit the ‘Dates & Requirements’ tab on the Basic Training Portal for more details.

Any trainees interrupted for the full 2018 year are not required to complete the assessments or teaching and learning tools. 

Further support and information

If you need help completing your PREP assessments and tools please contact the Member Support Officer in your State or check the ‘Contact details’ section of the BT handbook.

If you have further questions contact Member Services or call 1300 MYRACP (1300 697227) Australia or 0508 MyRACP (0508 69 7227) New Zealand.

More information can be found on the Basic Training Portal on the RACP website.

FAQs for the 2018 Clinical Examination (Australia)

The RACP has updated the FAQs to include additional information on the extended Adult Medicine Clinical Examination dates for 2018.

These FAQs also include further information to help all candidates prior to, during and following the 2018 Clinical Examinations and the release of results.

Read more.

ATSM Service opens Thursday, 5 July

The Advanced Trainee Selection and Matching (ATSM) Service is provided by the RACP to help eligible trainees secure an Advanced Training position with an accredited training hospital or health service. The College will assist participating hospitals and health services with the selection of Advanced Trainees for the 2019 training year by running a series of computer matches from Thursday, 5 July to Friday, 14 September 2018 for the selected specialties, listed on the RACP website.

The ATSM service will be open to Advanced Trainees for first year and continuing (second and third year trainee) positions.

Find out more

Take part in the Trainee Research Awards

Applications are now opening for the Trainee Research Awards in your State or region.

Submit your abstract now and take the opportunity to present your research at a regional event before a panel of judges.

Top presenters from each region will be invited to attend RACP Congress 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand, where they will be acknowledged and presented with a Certificate at the Gala Dinner. Winning abstracts will also be published in the Internal Medicine Journal (IMJ) and Journal of Paediatric and Child Health (JPCH).

​Find out more.

Recognition and support on offer

It’s not too late to apply for research funding or study grants. Now is also the time to think about a Mentor or Colleague who deserves to be recognised for their contributions and achievements.

Nominations are now open for a number of College and Congress Prizes.

More than $2.5 million worth of Fellowships, Scholarships, Grants and Prizes — to support RACP Members at various stages of their career and training — are offered every year by the RACP Foundation.

Applications are closing soon in the following categories:

Research Entry Scholarships for 2019 – closing date 16 July
Research Development Scholarships for 2019 – closing date 30 July
Travel Grants for 2019 – closing date 6 August
Educational Development (Study) Grants funding round 2 - closing date 6 August

Nominations are now open for some of the College’s most prestigious Medals and Prizes. These awards acknowledge the outstanding achievements and contributions made by Fellows and trainees in their respective fields and are presented at the RACP Congress.

If you know of, or work with someone whose contributions and achievements you feel are worthy of recognition why not nominate them for one of these prestigious awards.

There are other awards and prizes offered by the Divisions, Faculties and Chapters in Australia and New Zealand. All details are available on the Foundation webpages.

For more information please contact the RACP Foundation at or call +61 2 9265 9639

Update on AFMR Module 1 Written Assessment changes

Some important updates have been made to the 2019 AFRM Module 1 Written Assessment that eligible trainees need to be aware of:

  • There will be one sitting for the Examination in the first half of 2019 instead of two to bring this into line with other College examinations.
  • Candidates sitting the Examination will be given an additional hour to complete the exam, a total of three hours
  • The number of questions will be increased in 2019 from 100 to 130 but with the additional hour to complete the Examination/Assessment this gives candidates more time for each question

Eligible candidates will be notified and given enough time to plan in advance for the date of the 2019 AFRM Module 1 Written Assessment, after April 2019.

The Training Handbook provides further information on the AFRM Written Examinations. 

For any further questions please email

Queensland Trainees' Committee

The Queensland Trainees’ Committee recently welcomed three new members including two representatives from Far North Queensland to help raise awareness and represent the trainees across Queensland.

The Committee would like to increase the Paediatrics representation and invites Expressions of Interest from both Basic Trainees and Advanced Trainees in Paediatrics. 

Paediatrics & Child Health Advanced Training orientation

The NSW/ACT Trainees' Committee invite you to join them for the Paediatrics & Child Health (PCH) Advanced Training Orientation on Thursday 5 July 2018 at the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Lecture Theatre, High Street, Randwick .

The aim of the orientation is to ease PCH trainees’ transition into Advanced Training. ​Attendees will hear about RACP requirements, how to handle the challenges of being an AT registrar, where to start with your research project and the skills needed to focus on the next stage of your career. In addition, there will be a Q&A session where you can ask all your burning questions. 

The Orientation is targeted at Paediatrics & Child Health Trainees moving from Basic to Advanced Training, but all RACP trainees are welcome.

One-on-one sessions with General Paediatrics, Neonatal/Perinatal or Subspecialty College staff are also available (by appointment only) from 5.30pm to 6.15pm. Please advise if you would like to book a session when you RSVP.

RSVP to by Friday, 29 June 2018.

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Updated member benefits website

Same benefits, same savings, new design.

The new member lifestyle benefits website has been re-designed to offer improved navigation and functionality while allowing you to see the full benefit range on offer.

Access your benefits directly.
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