Sitting the Divisional Clinical Examination
As a trainee, you need to meet AT program requirements, including work-based assessments, while preparing for the exam.
By applying for pAT, trainees made a commitment to sit the exam on the postponed date for the 2020 cohort in late 2020/early 2021. They were able to re-sit the exam later in 2021 if they failed.
Trainees who didn’t apply for pAT, but were eligible to sit the 2020 DCE, were encouraged to sit the first DCE in late 2020/early 2021. They also had the option to sit later in the year with the 2021 cohort.
Trainees who passed the Divisional Written Examination, in 2021, were not eligible to sit the postponed 2020 DCE.
All trainees who started training in 2020 or earlier have a 12-month extension only to complete their current training program (as registered for in 2020).
Trainees who applied for pAT, made a commitment to sit the first available DCE in late 2020/early 2021.
Special Consideration for Assessment policy (PDF) is available if you were unable to keep to your commitment due to unforeseen or exceptional circumstances at the time of, or before, the DCE.
When granted special consideration, any pAT completed before the first available DCE date (late 2020/early 2021) is considered by the relevant supervising AT Committee. AT time after this date is not considered under any circumstances until the DCE is passed.
Where a special consideration is not granted, no pAT time is considered.
Deferring as a pAT
If you applied for pAT you made a commitment to sit the first available DCE in late 2020/early 2021.
If you’re in a provisional Advanced Training (pAT) role, and you deferred your 2020 Short Cases only you were allowed to:
- continue to train provisionally until you receive your 2021 exam result
- potentially claim a maximum 18 months of pAT if you received provisional approval between June and August 2020
If you’re successful in the 2021 exam, your Advanced Training Committee considers certification of pAT from both 2020 and 2021.
If you’re unsuccessful or withdraw from the 2021 exam, your pAT will not be certified, and you revert to Continuation Basic Training.
If you were unsuccessful or withdrew from the 2020 exam, you're not eligible to apply for or keep your pAT time.
If you deferred your 2020 Short Cases and are unsuccessful or withdraw or choose to further defer your 2021 Short Cases, your pAT will not be certified, and you will revert to Continuation Basic Training.