Adult Medicine DCE

The Adult Medicine Divisional Clinical Exam tests your clinical skills at the end of Basic Training.

2022 exam

The 2022 AM DCE will be delivered face-to-face using the traditional format for Aotearoa New Zealand, and all Australian states and territories, except for Western Australia.

In Aotearoa New Zealand, exam delivery has been delayed to September 2022 due to the COVID-19 disruptions and potential impacts on exam delivery.

In Western Australia, the exam will be delivered in the modular format in the second exam window due to the COVID-19 disruptions and potential impacts on exam delivery.

Read more about the 2022 AM DCE format
See key dates for 2022 


2023 DCE key dates and proposed results release dates

Country Division Exam Date Results Release
Australia Adult Medicine (AM) Friday, 9 June to Sunday, 25 June 2023 Week of Monday, 10 July 2023
Aotearoa New Zealand Adult Medicine (AM) To be confirmed To be confirmed

These dates may change further due to any required rescheduling. Aotearoa New Zealand Divisional Clinical Exam dates are currently being finalised and will communicated in the coming weeks.

2022 DCE

The delivery format for 2022 has been confirmed.

The format for Aotearoa New Zealand, Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria will be:

  • traditional | 2 Long Cases and 4 Short Cases on the same day face-to-face.

The format for Western Australia will be:

  • modular | 2 teleconference Long Cases and 4 locally delivered, face-to-face Short Cases on different days

Contingency plans will be in place in case COVID-19 disrupts the exam.

Key dates

All dates are subject to impacts of COVID-19 or specific hosting hospitals requirements.

2022 exam

Location Traditional format delivery window* Short Case delivery window**

Australia exam window 1

South Australia (T)

3 June to 3 July

21 July to 7 August

Australia exam window 2

Australian Capital Territory (T)

New South Wales (T)

Northern Territory (T)

Queensland (T)

Tasmania (T)

Victoria (T)

Western Australia (M)

15 July to 21 August

12 to 28 August

Aotearoa New Zealand

2 to 4 September
10 and 11 September
15 and 16 October are reserve days and will only be used if needed.


Or Long Case delivery if exam is modular format.
** If exam is modular format.

(T) Traditional format delivery

(M) Modular format delivery

All examination dates remain dependent on:

  • permission from hospitals to enter premises, release staff and use facilities for the exam purposes
  • permission from the Chief Public Health Officer or Chief Medical Officer to allow the exam to proceed
  • lockdown restrictions and COVID-19 disruptions allowing the exam to proceed, including the clinical impact on health services within a state, territory or district

Contingency Plans | 2022 AM DCE

Contingency plans are in place in case significant events, including COVID-19 disruptions, prevent the 2022 DCE. The safety of all participants is at the core of these plans.

Plan A | The exam will proceed as scheduled on the planned exam dates using the planned delivery model.

Plan B | The exam will be rescheduled as soon as possible. Impacted candidates may be reallocated to other local available exam sites.

Plan C | We'll proceed with modular format on the scheduled exam date. The Long Cases will be delivered using teleconferencing on the original scheduled exam date where possible, and face-to-face Short Cases will be rescheduled to a later date. We'll notify all impacted candidates, examiners and others involved in the exam process as early as possible.

Our aim

If you're eligible to sit the 2022 exam you';; be able to meet the required Basic Training assessments by the end of 2022.

If one or more hospitals, States or Territories can’t go ahead with an exam on its planned date due to COVID-19, those in unaffected areas can still take their exam.


Australia | AUD$3039.00
Aotearoa New Zealand | NZD$3494.85

If you have outstanding training fees, you’re ineligible to sit the exam. See College Fees Terms and Conditions.


If you withdraw in the lead up to the exam, you may be eligible for a partial refund. If we cannot deliver the exam, all affected candidates will receive a full refund.

If you have sat the 8 March backup Divisional Written Examination, you will have been granted conditional enrolment for the 2022 DCE pending release of your DWE results on Tuesday, 12 April 2022. This means you can apply for the 2022 DCE and pay your examination fee. In the event you do not proceed to the DCE, your examination fee will be fully refunded to you.

Find out more about training and examination fees.


Australia | Held within your state or territory. Where COVID-19 restrictions allow, you'll travel to a different city or hospital to avoid settings you've trained in. You may be required to travel to a different state or territory depending on where you are allocated to sit your exam.

Aotearoa New Zealand | Travel to a different location from where you work to complete your exam. You won’t be examined in hospitals where you trained.

RACP Support Program

Preparing for exams can be stressful. Reach out to the RACP Support Program for free, 24/7, completely confidential support. Make an appointment or speak with a consultant by calling 1300 687 327 (Australia) or 0800 666 367 (Aotearoa New Zealand).

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