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RANZCO Advanced Clinical Examination

The RACE assessment process is used as an information gathering tool to help the SIMG Committee come to a decision after document review and interview. It is not on a pass or fail basis, and it is not related to the RACE requirements of RANZCO Trainees (i.e. pass criteria, number of attempts allowed). Eligible SIMG applicants are only allowed one attempt to achieve a satisfactory performance in the RACE except in exceptional circumstances.

If an applicant for specialist recognition assessment is determined as Partially Comparable, they will be required to complete further assessments. The SIMG Committee will decide on one of two pathways as a result of the document review and interview.

Pathway 1

  • Sit with written and clinical components* of the RANZCO Advanced Clinical Examination (RACE). The written component must be sat within the first two sittings from date of the partially comparable determination, and the clinical component must be attempted at the first sitting available following a satisfactory performance in the written component; AND/OR
  • Complete a short term supervised clinical assessment on site in a hospital; AND/OR
  • Other appropriate assessment tools as required.

Pathway 2

  • Complete a period of ‘top-up training’ (no longer than 24 months) to prepare for the RACE and other possible assessment; AND/OR
  • Sit the written and clinical components* of the RACE. The written component must be sat within the first two sittings from date of the ‘partially comparable’ determination and the clinical component must be attempted at the first sitting available following a satisfactory performance in the written component; AND/OR
  • Complete a short term supervised clinical assessment on site in a hospital; AND/OR
  • Other appropriate assessment tools as required.

The SIMG Committee will determine which combinations of these components in each pathway will be undertaken by the SIMG applicant. Once the assessments have been completed there are two possible outcomes:

  • The applicant is determined Not Comparable.
  • The applicant is invited to attend a final interview after which a determination of comparability will be made. Further assessment tasks may be required before the application can be finalised.

Information about the Written Component of the RACE:

Eligible SIMG candidates will sit two papers conducted over two consecutive days at a major training centre in Australia or New Zealand. Each paper consists of two parts: Part A consists of 9 Short Essay Questions (SEQs) and Part B consists of 30 Very Short Answer Questions (VSAQs).

The duration of each paper is 4 hours and 10 minutes, including 40 minutes preparation time and 30 minutes break after the first session. Candidates will be given 20 minutes preparation time before the start of each session: 15 minutes to read the questions and take notes, and 5 minutes to write candidate number on every page of the answer booklet. Past SIMG candidates have specifically commented that this exam requires thorough preparation prior to making an attempt.

Information about the Clinical Component of the RACE:

The clinical component of the RACe is run over two days in a major training hospital in Australia or New Zealand. There are 18 Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) stations with each clinical curriculum performance standard examined in two stations. Each OSCE station is allocated nine minutes, allowing a changeover of two minutes between stations. The number of rest stations will depend on the total number of candidates.

All questions in the RACE are based on the 2014 clinical curriculum performance standards which are published on the RANZCO website. It is extremely important to direct your studying from these documents as each question will be referenced to them.

Eligible SIMG candidates will be given full access to the RACE Resources on the RANZCO on-line learning site which was set up in 2010 to help trainees in their preparation for examinations.

The timetable and registration form for the RACE are available here.

Last updated: August 22, 2019

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