Eligibility
Pathways
Region and practice allocations
Selection Interviews
Hospital Experience Assessment to be “practice ready“
Offers of Training
Starting Training
RPL
Support
Transfers
Exam Readiness
Eligibility

Q. I currently hold a 457, 820, 309 or 482 subclass work visa, will MCCC write a letter of support?
A. MCCC does not provide letters of support to visa holders. Details of RTOs who will provide letters of support is available on the AGPT website.

Q. I am a PGY1. Should I apply to the program now or during my PGY2 year?
A. It is your choice when to apply.

  • If you apply in PGY1 you will complete the 12 month hospital component whilst in the AGPT program.
  • Registrars applying in PGY2 or above and wishing to commence in GP training the following year will need to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in lieu of completing the hospital year whilst in the program. Our medical educators will also review your hospital experience (as part of the Hospital Experience Assessment) to determine your readiness to begin in a general practice setting.

Q. Is my chance of being selected by MCCC reduced if I completed my hospital training outside of Victoria?
A. AGPT is a national training program. MCCC welcomes your application, regardless of where you completed your hospital training in Australia.

Pathways

Q. Where is GP training delivered?
A. Murray City Country Coast GP Training delivers training across a region that encompasses North Western and North Eastern Victoria, the greater Albury region into Southern New South Wales, Central Victoria, South Western Victoria and the Greater Northern and Western metropolitan Melbourne area, which covers approximately 40% of the population base of Melbourne. MCCC operates from four regions with five training offices in Bendigo, Parkville, Warrnambool, Geelong and Wodonga.

  • General pathway (Modified Monash Model – MM1) incorporates metro west (Melbourne CBD, western Melb and Geelong CBD)
  • All other MM2 and above areas are considered rural locations. Please refer to Doctor Connect website and put in specific addresses for all MMM listings.

Q. If I select the rural pathway, do I have to be a Rural Generalist and undertake an Advanced Skill?
A. No. You can be a rural registrar and work in a rural location without any additional training or additional years.

If you do wish to undertake an Advanced Skill then you should apply to be a Rural Generalist, and apply to ACRRM or enroll in RACGP’s FARGP and discuss your training plan with MCCC.

Q. If I join the AGPT program with MCCC as a Rural Pathway registrar can I change to the General Pathway during my training?
A. No. It is very unlikely that this will be approved by AGPT – only if there are extenuating and unforeseen circumstances. Please refer to the AGPT Transfer Policy. for further information.

Q. If I choose the General Pathway can I train in a rural location?
A. Yes, you can. MCCC General Pathway registrars can be placed in any MM location within the MCCC footprint.
Rural Pathway MCCC registrars can only be placed in MM2 – MM7.

Region and practice allocations

Q. When do I need to indicate the my region of choice within MCCC?
A. Once MCCC receive the names of shortlisted applicants from the colleges, all candidates will be asked to complete an Application to Train, which will allow you to indicate your region preference.

Q. How am I allocated to a region within MCCC?
A. Following the MMI results, MCCC will allocate successful candidates to the regions based on their MMI score and, where possible, genuine links to the region.

The region you have been allocated to will be indicated in your Letter of Offer. You may choice to accept or decline this offer. Should you decline, you will then need to speak to your college about future intakes.

Q. Will I work at different locations across MCCC during my AGPT training?
A. MCCC operates across four regions: metro west, north east, north west, south west.

You can complete your entire training in one region or apply to train in other regions at specified times during the Registrar Placement Process.

RACGP registrars are required to meet a diversity requirement that often necessitate moving practices at least once during training. General Pathway registrars in metro west locations historically move every 6 months.

Q. How do I know which practice I will be placed within MCCC?
A. MCCC holds a Registrar Placement process. You are able to apply to locations that are of interest to you.

We emphasis that you must have a wide range of options to increase the changes of being placed in locations of your choice. If you are unsuccessful in initial rounds or provide limited options leading to being unplaced, then MCCC will direct you to the remaining practices in the final stages of placement.

Selection Interviews

Q. Do I have to attend the RTO Selection interviews in person?
A. MCCC requires all interviews to be undertaken face-to-face. Skype interviews would only be considered for applicants currently living and working overseas, with evidence required.

It’s essential to your career plans that you plan any leave around these selection dates. Registrar placement interviews usually commence and run through October; save the dates for these too if you plan to commence in GP in 2021.

Q. Is there only a single day for the Multi Mini Interviews (MMIs)?
A. Yes. The MMI process is a very large undertaking requiring multiple interviewers.

  • RACGP interviews will be held on Sunday 26 July 2020 at The Women’s Hospital in Parkville, Melbourne.
  • ACRRM interview details are yet to be advised. It will be on a day to be determined between 9 – 19 July, venue to be advised.

Q. How many candidates are interviewed?
A. The colleges usually shortlist around 15% more candidates than the allocated quota.

Q. How can I prepare for the MMIs?
A. Understanding the domains of General Practice for each college, think about your past clinical experiences and come up with a variety of examples that you may use depending on the questions asked. Dress smartly and make sure you really understand the question and listen for any prompts.

Hospital Experience Assessment to be “practice ready“

Q. Who is responsible for ensuring I have the mandatory hospital terms?
A. You are responsible for ensuring you have completed the mandatory hospital terms and securing your own contract.

Q. What are the mandatory requirements?
A.  The mandatory requirements are summarised below, but we recommend you read the Fellowship Handbooks for both colleges for detailed information.

  • You require either 1 year FTE after full general registration or 2 years in an Australian hospital post if overseas trained.
  • Both colleges require 10 week rotations in Medicine, Surgery, Emergency (8 weeks) and Paediatrics.
  • RACGP require you to demonstrate a breadth of experience ideally in disciplines relating to GP – ideally three different rotations
  • ACRRM require you to have O&G and Anaesthetics, however these can be undertaking during your training. A training plan indicating how will be developed.

Q. How can I meet my mandatory paediatric requirements for AGPT?
A.  Both colleges have a number of ways you can meet the requirements, please refer to the the documents below.

Q. Can I complete my RACGP Paediatric requirement after I have started in a general practice?
A. No. MCCC requires you to complete your Paediatric requirement prior to commencing the first general practice term (GPT1).

Q. Does the ‘Sydney Child Health Program’ meet the paediatric requirement in full?
A. No, it will be considered for part of the paediatric component but you will also require some clinical exposure to children i.e. an emergency department term or PGPPP term. Please see the RACGP Paediatric Policy or the ACRRM handbook for more information.

Q. If I have completed an emergency department rotation with paediatrics, will that cover me for the paediatric requirements?
A. You will need two full rotations in emergency departments, one undertaken in PGY1 and one in PGY2 or above. These rotations must have a minimum 20% RACGP and 25% ACRRM paediatric case presentations.

Refer to the ACEM website for recognised Paediatric locations. Smaller hospitals may not be listed, however if the applicant can provide a letter from the hospital confirming the paediatric case presentation during the time the registrars completed the rotation.

Keeping a log book can be beneficial where the percentage is only just being met. See the RACGP Paediatrics Policy for further information.

Q. I have heard the term ‘Hospital Experience Assessment’ or ‘Practice Ready’. Is this the same as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?
A. No, they are not the same.
Practice Readiness is an assessment of your training to date conducted by MCCC to ensure you meet the requirements of either College before commencing in your General Practice term.
RPL is only required if your hospital term was not completed whilst in the AGPT program – ie outside of the program. Please read the College RPL requirements here.
Tip: Ensure you keep all your HMO reports, first and current registration certificate and obtain Statements of Service from each hospital so you have the information you may require for RPL. For further information refer to MCCC RPL for RACGP Registrars Procedure, MCCC RPL for ACRRM Registrars Procedure on the MCCC website and the associated college policies.

Q. Can MCCC tell me if I am Practice Ready over the phone?
A. No.
MCCC can provide you with an indication of your practice readiness to help guide your decisions.
Practice readiness is assessed by MCCC through a process that involves a review of hospital statements that provide details of the rotations you have completed. This assessment occurs once have been accepted into the AGPT program and must be completed prior to taking part in a practice match within MCCC. The final decision sits with the Colleges.

Q. Does my ALS certificate cover me for the required CPR/BLS?
A. BLS/CPR is a component of the ALS certificate. The BLS/CPR component is required to be updated annually. Where as the ALS itself is valid for 4 years. If the ALS is undertaken within 12 months of commencement of training the CPR component will be current. If any longer, an updated CPR is required. Which must be an ARC approved course with course code HLTAID001.

Offers of Training

Q. When will I find out the outcome of my interviews for the first intake 2021?

ACRRM candidates will receive their offers between Monday 3 August and 10 August, 2021
RACGP candidates will receive their offers between Monday 3 August and 13 August, 2021

Starting Training

Q. When is the start of Semester 1, 2021. I
A. First semester commences 1 Feb 2021.

Q. Can I choose to stay in the hospital once selected into the AGPT program, even if I meet Practice Ready requirements?
A. Yes. You can choose to complete your required hospital year once accepted into the AGPT program.
You will be required to submit HMO reports to demonstrate you are performing at the required level whilst in training.

This training time MUST be in Australian hospital in approved teaching posts with adequate supervision throughout the year.

Q. Can I take leave or defer my AGPT training?
A. Leave and deferral from the AGPT program is restricted.
There are limited circumstances where a registrar can defer commencement of training or take leave. These are in exceptional circumstances and are detailed in the AGPT Program Leave Policy.

Q. Can I commence my GP term mid-year if I have completed the required hospital rotation/s ?
A. MCCC has a mid-year intake in August each year.

RPL

Q. What is the Recognition of Prior Learning process?
A  Refer to this link for a detailed explanation.

Q. How many weeks leave can be considered in an RPL application?
A. Registrars may include up to five weeks of annual leave per year pro-rata, and additional 2 weeks which may include any combination of personal leave, sick or carers leave and educational leave, if required. Please see RACGP RPL policy & Guidance Document

For more frequently asked questions about RACGP RPL click here.

Support

Q. What support is available for MCCC registrars?
A. MCCC provides administrative and medical educator support to registrars.
MCCC also employs a team of Registrar Liaison Officers (RLOs) who are important contact points for registrars in each area.
In addition, General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA) will be available to support registrars.

Transfers

Q. Can I transfer between Training Organisations? For example from EVGPT to MCCC?
A. There is an expectation that registrars complete their entire AGPT training with their selected RTO.
Transfers may be available only in exceptional and unforeseen circumstances
Transfers will be handled under the national AGPT Transfer Policy. Please refer to the AGPT website for details.

Exam Readiness

Q. When will I be ready to sit my RACGP exams?
A. You must have undertaken two years of core training time to be eligible to enrol in the exams.

Q. When will I be able to sit my GP Fellowship exams?
A.  To be eligible to undertake the AKT, KFP and OSCE examinations, AGPT Registrars must have been assessed as having completed 2 years full time equivalent active training time, including all of GPT1 and GPT2, by the date of the AKT.
Where the vocational end of term date falls up to 28 calendar days beyond the date of the AKT, an RTO exemption will be granted to allow registrars to sit the examination.

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