Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. Why would I consider training for a FACRRM? [Answer]

A. Fellowship of ACRRM equips you to practise unsupervised anywhere in Australia.  This gives you real freedom, independence and scope of practice through your career. This unique integrated training program provides the skills and confidence to practise in a broad range of geographic and clinical settings. ACRRM Fellowship enables you to follow different career pathways, from solo practice in small communities to leadership roles in larger hospitals; from retrieval and expeditionary medicine to Aboriginal health services or urban general practice. Achieving a FACRRM will verify that you are qualified to practise anywhere – independently and safely.

There is no other general practice fellowship that covers this scope of practice. So when you are looking for a career that is more than just a day at the office, consider the FACRRM program. There is no equivalent.

Q. How is FACRRM integrated into the AGPT and RVTS? [Answer]

A. Currently, registrars enrolled in the AGPT and RVTS can elect to train to either or both the FACRRM and the FRACGP. In AGPT - FACRRM training is open to both rural and general pathway registrars providing they train in ACRRM-accredited training posts.

Q. How does the Independent Pathway training differ from training through the AGPT and RVTS? [Answer]

A. The Independent Pathway is delivered entirely by ACRRM. In the AGPT, Regional Training Organisations (RTOs) provide training services and in the RVTS, these are provided by the program’s administration. All training to Fellowship of ACRRM applies the College curricula and standards and all ACRRM registrars undertake the same assessments. All ACRRM Fellowship training is Australian Medical Council (AMC) accredited and is recognised in reciprocal arrangements with other international medical colleges.

For further information see the Fellowship Training Handbook.

Q. What is the difference between the ACRRM and RACGP training programs? [Answer]

A. Both these programs are AMC accredited in the discipline of general practice. ACRRM has a unique curriculum and set of assessments which reflect the broader and deeper requirements of the rural and remote context. Registrars must train in posts accredited by ACRRM. The ACRRM program is an integrated program that usually takes four years post-internship.  However registrars with experience may apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL).

For further information see the Fellowship Training Handbook.

Q. Do you have to undertake all training in rural or remote locations? [Answer]

A. No, while most registrars will spend a significant amount of training in rural areas, the focus is gaining skills and knowledge required in rural and remote settings. Some of these skills can be developed in urban or rural facilities. However having a good understanding of the context of rural medicine is also essential. Therefore all registrars must spend a minimum of 12 months of training living and practising in a rural or remote setting.

For further information see the Fellowship Training Handbook

Q. When do you undertake the assessments? [Answer]

A. Once you have met the minimum eligibility of 24 months training, or equivalent Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), you can commence assessment. However it is important to note that the standard for all assessments is that of a doctor practising independently and safely at Fellowship level; so it is important to be well prepared. While the order is not specified, it is strongly recommended that StAMPS (assessment) is left until you have had the experience across the broad range of learning experiences including community primary, emergency and hospital care, and rural or remote settings.

For further information see the Fellowship Training Handbook.

Q. What is available to help in preparing for ACRRM assessments? [Answer]

A. New information is being developed all the time. The ACRRM website provides sample questions and scenarios, plus recorded virtual classroom sessions; there are also online modules on Rural and Remote Education Online (RRMEO). StAMPS preparation workshops and study groups are now offered via live virtual classroom or face to face at least twice a year.

For further information see the relevant Assessment types webpage.

Q. What happens if you are not able to complete your Core Clinical Training rotations? [Answer]

A. The Core Clinical Training stage of Fellowship training ideally involves completion of terms in general internal medicine, general surgery, paediatrics, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, and anaesthetics over a 12 month period in an ACRRM accredited hospital.  

Where completion of these terms is not possible, there are flexible ways to build these skills sets as you progress through training. Provided that you have completed 12 months training you will be able to progress to the next stage of training.

For further information see the Fellowship Training Handbook.

Q. Will it be possible to practice overseas with a FACRRM in the way you could with a FRACGP? [Answer]

A. The Fellowship of ACRRM (FACRRM) is Australian Medical Council (AMC) accredited within the specialty of general practice. Through this, the FACRRM qualification is in turn recognised by the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). This enables FACRRM holders to be recognised as Vocationally Registered General Practitioners (VR GPs) in Australia and to be eligible to provide services covered by the Medical Benefits Schedule (MBS).

International recognition of qualifications processes can be complex and processes vary from country to country. In general however for the purposes of official recognition by international authorities, as nationally accredited Australian general practice qualifications, FACRRM and Fellowship of the RACGP (FRACGP) have equivalent status and wherever one is recognised the other should also be recognised.