Mini clinical evaluation exercise

The miniCEX is a workplace based assessment used to evaluate your direct contact with patients. The miniCEX aims to guide your learning and improve clinical performance through structured feedback from an assessor. It can help identify ways to improve practice in areas such as communication, history taking, physical examination and professional practice.

The formative miniCEX consists of two key components:

  1. A short encounter between you and your patient which is observed by a supervisor. This encounter generally consists of a focused history taking and examination and takes approximately 15-20 minutes.
  2. Discussion of patient management and of the supervisor’s feedback to you to assist you in planning for future patient encounters. This takes approximately 5-10 minutes.

Primary Rural and Remote Training

You are required to undertake a minimum of nine formative miniCEXs during your Primary Rural and Remote Training (PRRT).

A minimum of five formative miniCEX consults must be submitted to ACRRM by the end of PRRT year one. All nine miniCEX consults must be submitted by the end of PRRT year two.

Your nine PRRT miniCEX consults must include a:

  • reasonable range of types of consults, age groups and both genders
  • minimum of five physical examinations, each from a different body system
  • detailed history taking of at least one new patient or detailed updating patient database information on a returning patient (of at least medium complexity).

Advanced Specialised Training

You are also required to undertake a minimum of five formative miniCEXs during training if undertaking one of the clinically based Advanced Specialised Training disciplines. See the AST curricula for specific information.

Your formative miniCEX may be conducted during a medical educator visit, by a supervisor, or by any College Fellow. Your assessor provides written and oral feedback to you after each consultation using a standardised format.

Key miniCEX resources

Useful assessment resources include: