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Important changes to registrar assessments in 2020

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In the New Year we will be introducing a new programmatic assessment program for RACGP registrars. The program includes many of our existing assessment tools, some of which will be staying the same, and some of which will be slightly modified. There will also be some new registrar assessments.

Below is a brief overview of the changes that will affect GP supervisors and training practices training GPT1 registrars in 2020.1 in particular. We will provide further details of the programmatic assessment program prior to the start of the 2020.1 training term.

What’s changing?

From the 2020.1 term (commencing in February 2020) the following changes will come into effect for registrars commencing in GPT1:

  1. The number of competency assessments will reduce from three per term to two per term. Competency assessments will now only be required by week 12 and by week 24. Payment to supervisors will not be affected.
  2. The first competency assessment for registrars is being replaced with a formal requirement to undertake direct observation of two entire consultations by your registrar within the first four weeks of term. Most of you are already doing this however there will be an additional requirement to submit a Direct Observation of Teaching (DoTS) form documenting your observations. It will be the registrar’s responsibility to submit this form.
  3. There will be a new Multi-Source Feedback (MSF) assessment for registrars in their first GP term (GPT1). This will require the practice to collect feedback about the registrar from patients, the practice manager and practice nurse (for practices that have a practice nurse). This will take place towards the end of the first GP term.
  4. Every second and third Clinical Teaching Visit (CTV) will include a random case analysis component. This is something that is often already happening in CTVs, however will require the practice to book the first patient 45 minutes after the scheduled start of the CTV to allow the random case analysis to occur.
  5. Registrars commencing GP terms from 2020.1 and beyond are required to complete a procedural skills log during their training. The registrar is responsible for managing and completing their log, and supervisors will be sent an email (not more than weekly) if the registrar has submitted skills for sign off.

Why are things changing?

The RACGP is moving from single point assessments to a more competency-based assessment process. Programmatic assessment provides a framework for assessing competencies in a timely, transparent, targeted and individualized way, with a focus on assessment for learning. The framework also enables monitoring and evaluation of the learning program.  The existing ACRRM program includes programmatic assessment, which will be included in a parallel framework for ACRRM registrars.

Where can I find more information?

Full details about the program will be available prior to the start of the training term and circulated to supervisors and practice managers. This will include two webinars:

  • Wednesday 26 February 2020 – 7.30pm to 8.30pm (recommended for practices training GPT1 registrars in 2020.1)
  • Tuesday 25 August 2020 – 7.30pm to 8.30pm (recommended for practices training GPT1 or GPT2 registrars in 2020.2)

Invitations to these webinars will be circulated closer to the webinar date.

In the interim, you can access preliminary information about the new programmatic assessment program via a recording of a supervisor webinar held in November. You can access this webinar here.

Please don’t hesitate to contact your local Practice Liaison and Support Officer (PLSO) if you have any queries and we look forward to sharing further details of the new programmatic assessment program with you next year.