Adult Medicine DCE

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

2022 exam

We have now confirmed that 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 evolving COVID-19 situation 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 evolving COVID-19 situation and potential impacts on exam delivery.

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

Change to closing date for 2022 DCE applications

Due to a planned systems outage on the evening of 23 March 2022, we have extended the close of applications for the 2022 DCE to Tuesday, 29 March 10:00am (AEDT).

We regularly review exam plans to reduce public health risks and publish updates here.


2021 DCE

In Aotearoa New Zealand, the 2021 DCE was successfully delivered, in the traditional format of 2 Long Cases and 4 Short Cases on the same day, face-to-face. In Australia, it was delivered using a combination of traditional format and modular format (teleconference Long Cases and face-to-face Short Cases) exams due to variable COVID-19 impacts at the time.

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 impacts the exam.

Key dates

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

Applications open | Thursday 10 March at 9:00am (AEDT)
Applications close | Tuesday 29 March at 10:00am (AEDT)

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 7 August

12 to 28 August

Aotearoa New Zealand

2-4 September
10 and 11 September 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 alert levels allowing the exam to proceed, including the clinical impact on health services within a state, territory or district


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 of your exam fee. 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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