2020 Semester Dates
Eligibility
Pathways
Interviews
Hospital Experience Assessment
Region allocations within MCCC
Offers of Training
Starting Training
RPL
Support
Transfers
Exam Readiness
2020 Semester Dates

2020.1 Semester: 3 Feb 2020 – 2 August 2020

2020.2 Semester: 3 Aug 2020 – 31 Jan 2021

Eligibility

Q. I am currently on a 457 work visa, will MCCC write a letter of support?
A. MCCC may be able to provide a letter of support for 457 Visa holders for the final intake of the 2020 AGPT Program. You must meet stringent eligibility criteria before a letter can be issued, including having obtained your primary medical qualification within Australia or New Zealand AND proof of sponsorship from either a hospital/general practice in the MCCC footprint. Please contact info@mccc.com.au to discuss your circumstances with our AGPT Program Manager.

Additional information is also 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.
Some applicants wish to have more experience when applying. If you choose to apply in PGY2 or above, you will be assessed for practice readiness before being placed in a General Practice setting. Some of your hospital time may be counted through the RPL process.

Q. Do I stand a lesser chance of being selected by MCCC 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.
We will conduct interviews with shortlisted application at sites within our region. During interviews we will ask you about your intention to train in our region.

Pathways

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 occur and only if there are extenuating and unforeseen circumstances. This requires AGPT approval. Please refer to AGPT policy.

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 hubs that align with our communities of interest, with offices in Bendigo, Parkville, Warrnambool and Wodonga.

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 will be expected to complete your training within the MCCC region. Movement across MCCC during AGPT training is subject to the availability of suitable training places.

Q. If I choose the General Pathway can I train in a rural location?
A. Yes you can. MCCC General Pathway registrar can be placed in any MMM location within the MCCC footprint.
Rural pathway MCCC registrars can only be placed in MMM2-MMM7.
Please note: This is a recent change to an MCCC policy.

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

If you do wish to undertake an advanced skill then you should  apply to be a Rural Generalist, enrol in FARGP and discuss a training plan with MCCC.

Interviews

Q. Do I have to attend the RTO Selection interviews in person?
A. MCCC require all interviews to be undertaken face to face. Skype or phone interviews will not available.

Q. Is there only a single day for the MMIs?
A. Yes. The MMI process is a very large undertaking requiring multiple interviewers. Therefore it is only able to be offered on a single day.

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

Hospital Experience Assessment

Q. Does the ‘Sydney Child Health Program’ fully meet the paediatric requirement?
A. No, it will be considered for part of the paediatric component, the registrar will also require some clinical exposure to children ie 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 PGY2 or above. These rotations must have a minimum 20% paediatric case presentation. We may ask the applicant to provide a letter 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 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. Who is responsible for ensuring I have the mandatory hospital terms?
A. You are responsible for ensuring you have the mandatory hospital terms and securing your own contract.

Q. How can I meet my mandatory paediatric requirements for AGPT?
A. The RACGP has a number of ways you can meet requirements. Please refer to Paediatric Term Guidance Document.
ACRRM has a number of alternate ways to achieve the requirement if a specific paediatric term has not been undertaken during core clinical training. Please refer to the ACRRM Fellowship Handbook for details.

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

Q. Does my ALS certificate cover me for CPR?
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.

Region allocations within MCCC

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 College, all candidates will be asked to complete an Application to Train with will allow them to indicate their 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 the College about future intakes.

Offers of Training

Q. When will I find out the outcome of my interviews for the first intake 2019?

ACRRM candidates will receive their offers between Monday 29th July and Friday 26th July.
RACGP candidates will receive their offers by 16 August 2019.

Starting Training

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. These exceptional circumstances are detailed in the AGPT Program Leave Policy 2017. Read more here

Q. If I don’t yet meet Practice Ready requirements, can I commence my GP term mid-year after completing the required hospital rotation/s ?
A. First round intake may complete a further six month hospital term if you are not practice ready and commence in a mid year intake. This is not always possible for second round applicants.

RPL

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 additiona 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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