Why choose the Independent Pathway?

Independent Pathway offers you greater flexibility and input into planning your training.

Independent Pathway (IP) is a supported and flexible training pathway with a comprehensive and structured education program, developed and delivered by experienced Fellows of ACRRM.

IP enables you to work directly with ACRRM staff and Medical Educators to craft a training plan to suit your career goals, to negotiate your own training placement and manage your own learning experience. On the Independent Pathway, you are not restricted by Commonwealth funding requirements and policy.

The Independent Pathway provides: 

  • Individualised case management from your dedicated Training Officer
  • Personalised guidance from your Medical Educator 
  • A comprehensive and structured education program delivered online and face to face
  • A flexible, self-guided learning experience through facilitated online courses
  • Choose your own adventure and live, work and train in amazing locations nationally
  • Recognition of Prior Learning 

Applications are open all year round and each cohort has it's own specific cut off dates for applying. Ready to apply? Click the button in the banner above, or express interest in Independent Pathway to stay updated on key dates.

Commonwealth support available

IP has two funding mechanisms:

  • Rural Generalist Training Scheme (RGTS) fully-government funded
  • Self-funded.

Eligibility criteria needs to be met for each funding option. Click below for information or contact us at selection@acrrm.org.au.

 

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Training

Training is a four-year program inclusive of Core Generalist Training (CGT) and Advanced Specialised Training (AST). 

Training is undertaken in regional, rural and remote general practices, rural hospitals, Aboriginal Medical Services (AMS), retrieval services or other health facilities accredited by ACRRM.

Education

Independent Pathway combines a comprehensive and structured education program developed and delivered by experienced FACRRMs, along with additional self-guided online courses and a program of facilitated webinars.

Education requirements also include the completion of emergency medicine courses and a number of FACRRM recommended courses.

Assessment

The assessment program includes formative and summative workplace-based activities, projects and external standardised assessments. It is designed to be completed progressively through training.

Visit our assessment page for more in depth information on assessment modalities.

Training post

Training placements are undertaken in an ACRRM accredited post in locations defined as a Modified Monash Model (MMM) 2-7. These locations provide opportunities to gain the required scope, type and volume of clinical experience, at an appropriate level of responsibility.

Independent Pathway Eligibility Criteria

Residency / citizenship 

  • Hold Australian/NZ citizenship
  • Permanent residency status
  • Have Australian temporary residency (skilled migration or business visas - student visa is not permitted). 

 

Medical registration 

Hold current registration with the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) in one of the following categories: 

  • General registration
  • Specialist registration
  • Provisional registration
  • Limited registration.

Applicants with constraints on their registration will be considered eligible if they are deemed by the College to be able to meet the requirements of the training program. See Eligibility for Training Policy and Medical Registration Constraints Process for further information.

 

 

Fees

Type

DescriptionCostPayable
Upfront Fees
   
Application FeeThe Application Fee covers the costs of the application and the selection process.$700*Upon application
Enrolment FeeThe Enrolment fee is a one off fee that covers enrolment on the pathway and is payable on acceptance of ACRRM's offer of a place in the Independent Pathway.$495*^Upon acceptance
Education Program FeeThe Education Program Fee is offered in full or monthly instalments and covers the first 12 months of the Fellowship program. It includes educational support, access to online modules, face-to-face workshops, weekly live virtual classroom sessions, Training Officer and Medical Educator and support, formative assessment, provisional training post accreditation, and records management.$24,950^Upon acceptance. Payment plan available
Ongoing Fees
   
Membership fee Registrars enjoy the benefits of being a member of the College. Learn more about membership.$430*Upfront pro rata, then annually.
Training SupportThe annual administration fee is payable annually for every year after the first 12 months of the education program and covers training officer and medical educator and support, provisional training post accreditation, and records management, required formative assessment.

$1,995*^

annually
Other Fees
   
Recognition of Prior LearningThe Recognition of Prior Learning Fee covers the costs associated with making an assessment of prior learning.$745*^Upon application
Assessment  View full list of assessments fees
Transfer FeeApplies for registrars applying to transfer to the Independent Pathway from AGPT or RVTS.$2,194.50*Upon application

Legend: * Non-refundable, ^ GST free. Fees subject to change/annual fee. 

 

 

FAQ's

Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM) is recognised by the Australian Medical Council as a standard medical practitioners must attain to be recognised for the specialty of general practice. 

The Fellowship program has been developed by rural doctors for generalists working in a rural or remote context equipping them for rural and urban practice. 

FACRRM demonstrates you can confidently and competently work independently in the broadest range of locations and environments. Fellowship provides access to the maximum benefits available under Medicare’s A1 items for you and your patients. 

FACRRM is identified as a preferred qualification by recruiters.

All pathways lead to Vocational Recognition as a Specialist (General Practice) through the Australian Medical Council (AMC) with reciprocal arrangements through other medical colleges. 

Independent Pathway registrars are offered greater flexibility and input into planning their education, meeting their Fellowship requirements and accessing individualised training placements. Registrars train directly through the College and are supported by a dedicated team of Training Officers and Medical Educators. Independent Pathway registrars are not restricted by Government funding requirements and policy. 

AGPT or RVTS education, training and support is provided by Regional Training Organisations (RTOs). Registrars on these pathways must meet ACRRM Fellowship requirements whilst also adhering to policies and procedures, as stipulated by the RTO and Government. 

It is highly recommended registrars complete the majority of their training in a rural or remote area. The focus must be on gaining a broad scope of skills and knowledge required to practice independently in rural and remote settings. Some skills may be developed in metropolitan or regional facilities. A sound knowledge and broad experience of rural medicine, practised in a rural and remote context, is essential. For Fellowship purposes, there is a minimum requirement of 12 months living and working in a rural or remote community. 

For further information please refer to the Fellowship Training Handbook

This is not a barrier to your training progression. There are a range of alternatives available to gain experience as you work through training. For further information please refer to the Fellowship Training Handbook.

The standard for all Fellowship assessments is of a doctor practising safely, confidently and independently in a full and diverse range of healthcare settings across Australia, with particular focus on rural and remote settings.

While you may attempt an assessment once the minimum training time eligibility, or equivalent Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) has been met for that modality, it is important to be well prepared prior to enrolling. Your Training Officer and Medical Educator will provide personalised advice on when, and in what training post, an assessment attempt is recommended.

A programmatic approach to the assessment requirements is also strongly recommended. For further information please refer to the Fellowship Training Handbook.

There are several of modality specific assessment support programs offered to registrars by the College and Regional Training Organisations (RTOs). Some of these include formal study groups, mock exams and face to face workshops. 

The College recommends completion of the relevant support program the semester prior to the planned attempt, to allow familiarisation with the context and format of the assessment. Assessment support programs allow participants to receive individualised feedback on their performance and guidance on their continued preparation. 

The Registrar Committee also provides registrars with a guide for all ACRRM assessments. 

RPL can be applied for once you have commenced training. Your Training Officer and Medical Educator will work with you to develop your training plan, provide guidance and assist you with your RPL application.

Please refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning Policy 2020

The policy provides guidelines for granting recognition of prior learning (RPL) that are deemed comparable to training time and the program requirements for training, education and assessment. Recognition of prior learning is assessed with consideration of currency of experience, skills and knowledge.

Your application requires

  • Complete the Recognition of Prior Learning Application
  • Complete the Curriculum Vitae template available on the College website if required
  • Supporting documentation including where required a Verification of Clinical Experience
    • All applications must be supported by authentic, relevant and verifiable documentation. Documentation must evidence currency of experience, skills and knowledge against each training requirements and curriculum area for which recognition is being sought. IMPORTANT* certified copies of original certificates must be provided
  • Submit your application and documentation to RPL@acrrm.org.au
  • Once you have submitted your documentation you will be contact to complete the fee payment prior to the application being processed

Application process

  • Step 1
    Online Application
    ACRRM selects candidates for entry into the Fellowship program based on the following criteria: demonstrated commitment to a career as a specialist general practitioner working in rural or remote Australia; demonstrated capacity and motivation to acquire abilities, skills and knowledge in the ACRRM domains of practice; demonstrated connection with rural communities; demonstrated commitment to meeting the needs of rural and remote communities through an extended scope of practice; possesses the personal characteristics associated with a successful career in rural or remote practice.
  • Step 2
    Referee Reports Due
    Applicants are required to provide names and contact details for two medical practitioner referees to support their application. Referees must have supervised you for four weeks or more in the past three years and not be related or a close friend. Referees will be provided with a survey to complete and return to the College. The information provided will be treated confidentially and will not be made available to the applicant under any circumstances.
  • Step 3
    Multiple Mini Interviews
    Shortlisted applicants will be invited to the MMIs stage. The Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) are a series of six short interviews in which you have two minutes to read a scenario and eight minutes to respond. Questions are designed to allow you to display your ability to think logically about a topic and communicate your response and ideas effectively.

 

 

Key Dates

Milestone
Date
Applications and suitability assessment close & fee dueTuesday 1 March 2022
Referees survey sentWednesday 2 March 2022
Reports from Referees dueThursday 17 March 2022
Eligibility outcome released & interview invitation sent to shortlisted candidatesThursday 7 April 2022
Multiple Mini Interviews 27 - 29 April 2022
Offer released
Thursday 12 May 2022
Acceptance of offers dueFriday 20 May 2022
Membership, enrolment and other fees due Thursday 26 May 2022
Training commencesMonday 11 July 2022
Education program commencesTBA
Education workshopTBA

 

Milestone
Date
Applications and suitability assessment close & fee dueMonday 23 May 2022
Referees survey sentTuesday 24 May 2022
Reports from Referees dueThursday 9 June 2022
Eligibility outcome released & interview invitation sent to shortlisted candidatesThursday 14 July 2022
Multiple Mini Interviews 2 - 5 August 2022
Offer released
Thursday 18 August 2022
Acceptance of offers dueFriday 26 August 2022
Membership, enrolment and other fees due Thursday 1 September 2022
Training commencesMonday 10 October 2022
Education program commencesTBA
Education workshopTBA

 

Milestone
Date
Applications and suitability assessment close & fee dueMonday 22 August 2022
Referees survey sentTuesday 23 August 2022
Reports from Referees dueThursday 8 September 2022
Eligibility outcome released & interview invitation sent to shortlisted candidatesThursday 6 October 2022
Multiple Mini Interviews 1 - 4 November 2022
Offer released
Thursday 17 November 2022
Acceptance of offers dueFriday 25 November 2022
Membership, enrolment and other fees due Thursday 1 December 2022
Training commencesMonday 16 January 2023
Education program commencesTBA
Education workshopTBA