The advanced training program of the Royal College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) is three years full-time or six years part-time. There is no basic training component.
The College's training program for candidates has three strands:
- approved workplace supervised medical management experience over three years;
- theoretical studies involving an Australian, or equivalent, university masters degree program containing the core units determined by the RACMA; and
- satisfactory completion of the RACMA training program.
Part-time and interrupted training are options. Successful completion of training involves completion of three FTE years, with supervised administrative experience.
Some candidates with significant medical management experience may be awarded Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), with a reduction in supervised workplace training time.
The applicant must have:
- completed a medical degree at a recognised Australasian university or equivalent;
- current medical registration in Australia or New Zealand; and
- at least three years clinical experience in an Australian or New Zealand health system.
Having met these requirements, a clinician makes an application to the college and submits supporting evidence. Where necessary, additional information may be sought. Sometimes an applicant may be interviewed. The applicant is then advised of the outcome and upon payment of the appropriate fees, the applicant becomes a candidate, and is allocated a preceptor and supervisor. The first 12 months is a probationary period.
Trainee assessment involves workplace-based assessment and successful completion of both a university masters degree, including core units approved by the college, and the college training program, which has a range of assessment components:
- participation in college workshops;
- presentation of a case study;
- in-training assessment reports;
- management practice folio; and
- final oral examination.
In the final oral examination, each candidate answers four questions with two examiners to assess their management knowledge, skills and attitudes. Supplementary examination may be offered for those who fail to meet the requirements.
Overseas Trained Specialists
Overseas trained applicants first apply to the AMC for certification to practise in Australia, then apply to the college for candidacy. The required documentation is reviewed and if found to be a suitable candidate, the applicant is interviewed by a college panel chaired by a senior college Fellow. During this process, the college determines the extent to which the applicant’s education, training, clinical and management experience is comparable to that of an Australian-trained medical administrator and whether the applicant requires any additional training or assessment.
The college accredits individual training posts according to the assessment criteria set out in the college’s Accreditation Policy.