Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Divisional Clinical Exams run by The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) have been delayed and the short case results may not be known by candidates prior to offers being made for roles. Normally applicants know their results before applying for roles and these results determine which positions applicants apply for. 

To deal with this unusual situation, we have made arrangements to ensure that candidates who are offered an Advanced Trainee role without knowing their short case results can accept that offer, and still be assured of a position in NSW Health even if they later find out that they have failed their short case exams (provided they are a continuing Basic Physician Trainee with the RACP). However, this assurance is not without some limitations, as we cannot be sure where positions will be available. Please carefully read the FAQs below to see which circumstances and assurances apply to you, and the limits on those assurances. 

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Am I able to apply for an Advanced Trainee Physician position if I have not sat or am awaiting results from the RACP Divisional Clinical Exams?

Yes. If you are registered to sit the 2021 Divisional Clinical Examination (DCE) of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) or have sat that exam and are awaiting results. 

To apply for an Advanced Trainee position, you must have met the following criteria:

  • Completion of at least four postgraduate years (by the end of 2021 academic year) and successful completion of the examination requirements of the RACP, or equivalent, and be eligible to undertake subspecialty training in Australia; or
  • Completion of at least four postgraduate years (by the end of 2021 academic year) and registered to sit the 2021 DCE of the RACP or have sat that exam and are awaiting results.

Note: Employment in this role is conditional on passing the 2021 DCE: see information below.

If I receive a band 0 result in my long case exam, am I still eligible for an RACP Advanced Trainee position?

No, you are not eligible for an Advanced Trainee position because you cannot be enrolled as an Advanced Trainees with the RACP.  Applicants who score a band 0 cannot advance through recruitment for positions . 

You will need to withdraw your application for any Advanced Trainee position in the JMO career portal.  Applications can be withdrawn via the 'My Applications' tile on the JMO career portal.  If you are withdrawing from an Advanced Trainee position and have an interview scheduled or have already been for an interview, please contact the job owner directly. 

Please refer to How to apply for further information and links to the JMO career portal.

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How is selection for Advanced Trainee interviews managed?

Applicants will be assessed on merit for selection to interview, notwithstanding that short case exam results (or in some situations, long case exam results) have not been received.

You will be asked at your interview if you have received the results for your long case exam, and whether you have scored above a band 0 for that exam.  If you have received a band 0, and have not already withdrawn your application, the interview will not proceed, as you are not eligible for an Advanced Trainee position.  If you have not received your result for the long case exam, or you have received a result above a band 0, the interview will proceed as per normal.

What happens if I receive a band 0 in my long case exams after I have had an Advanced Trainee interview?

You are no longer eligible for an Advanced Trainee position, and should withdraw your application, by contacting the job owner directly.  

What will happen after the interview?

Selection of candidates for advanced training positions will proceed as per normal, notwithstanding that short case exam results may not be available.  All applicants will be assessed on merit and conditional offers will be made on this basis.  Conditional offers will note that if you do not pass your exams, you are not eligible for an Advanced Trainee position.  The offer of an Advanced Trainee position is automatically invalid, if you fail your short case exams.  However, see information below regarding your continuing employment.

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What happens if I accept a conditional Advanced Trainee offer but do not pass my short case exam?

You are not eligible for an Advanced Trainee position, and your offer for that position is automatically invalid.  However, if you are a continuing basic trainee with the RACP, NSW Health will offer you a one- year employment contract for the 2022 clinical year as a Basic Physician Trainee (BPT).  You may choose whether or not to accept this offer.  If you are currently in a BPT network, every effort will be made to provide you with a position in a network and if possible in your home network.  If you are not in a BPT network, every effort will be made to accommodate you in a position that is suitable to your circumstances.  We will work individually with each trainee to find the best outcome but please note, we cannot guarantee you the position of your choice, or a position in your current facility or network.

What if I am currently a provisional Advanced Trainee?

The advice above applies to you, in the same way as it applies to basic trainees sitting their DCEs in 2021.  We will work individually with each trainee to find the best outcome.

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What should I do if I have applied for both a Basic Physician Trainee position and an Advanced Trainee position through the annual JMO recruitment campaign?

If you receive a score of Band 1 and above in your long cases, and have applied for a BPT position as well as an Advanced Trainee position, you should withdraw from the BPT position.  This is because, if you pass the short case component of the modular exam, you will complete the examination component of your BPT requirements, and no longer be eligible for a BPT position.  You should proceed with recruitment for the Advanced Trainee position(s) you applied for.

If you fail your short cases and do not pass the DCE, and you are a continuing basic trainee with the RACP, NSW Health will offer you a one-year employment contract for the 2022 clinical year as a BPT.  You may choose whether or not to accept this offer. If you are currently in a BPT network, every effort will be made to provide you with a position in a network and, if possible, in your home network.  If you are not in a BPT network, every effort will be made to accommodate you in a position that is suitable to your circumstances.  We will work individually with each trainee to find the best outcome but please note, we cannot guarantee you the position of your choice, or a position in your current facility or network.

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I'm progressing to short cases, and so followed the advice and withdrew my application for a Basic Physician Trainee position, but I didn't secure an Advanced Trainee position.  Will I still be supported with a Basic Physician Trainee position for 2022 or do I need to apply in the second round?

At this stage, we do not know if short case results will be available before second round BPT recruitment opens. If short case results are available, and you do not pass, you are advised to apply in the second round for BPT positions, to provide you with some choice. If you do not succeed in obtaining a position in the second round, and you are a continuing basic trainee with the RACP, NSW will still offer you a one year employment contract for the 2022 clinical year as a BPT. However, as noted above, guarantees cannot be given as to the position and its location. That is why applying in the second round may be preferable. We will provide more advice on this prior to the commencement of second round recruitment.

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If I secure a Basic Physician Trainee offer and then subsequently pass the short cases, can I still continue with the Basic Physician Trainee role? If not, will I be supported with another role within NSW Health?

No. If you pass the long and short case components of the DCE you are no longer eligible for a BPT position as you have completed the examination requirements of the BPT program and by the end of 2021 you will also have completed the experiential requirements of the BPT program. If you do accept a BPT position but subsequently pass the short cases, your offer will be withdrawn and you will not receive a formal letter of offer for the role. You will not automatically be supported with another role within NSW Health.  To avoid this risk, we advise you to withdraw your BPT application if you score above a Band 0 in your long cases.

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I am a current provisional Advanced Trainee who is progressing to the short cases.  If I fail the short cases, I understand that I will be offered a role within NSW Health for 2022.  I am concerned that I will be offered roles that I can't accept due to family circumstances.  How much scope is there for negotiation with the role and can it be guaranteed to be at my current hospital?

If you fail your short cases and do not pass the DCE, and you are a continuing basic trainee with the RACP, NSW Health will offer you a one-year employment contract for the 2022 clinical year as a BPT.  You may choose whether or not to accept this offer. If you are currently in a BPT network, every effort will be made to provide you with a position in a network and, if possible, in your home network.  If you are not in a BPT network, every effort will be made to accommodate you in a position that is suitable to your circumstances.  We will work individually with each trainee to find the best outcome but please note, we cannot guarantee you the position of your choice, or a position in your current facility or network.

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I am a current provisional Advanced Trainee who is progressing to the short cases.  Should I apply for a Basic Physician Trainee position? 

No. If you pass your short case exams, your current length of training contract that ends after the 2022 clinical year will stand.

There is no need for you to apply for a BPT role. If you fail your short cases and do not pass the DCE, and you are a continuing basic trainee with the RACP, NSW Health will offer you a one year employment contract for the 2022 clinical year as a BPT.  You may choose whether or not to accept this offer. If you are currently in a BPT network, every effort will be made to provide you with a position in a network and, if possible, in your home network.  If you are not in a BPT network, every effort will be made to accommodate you in a position that is suitable to your circumstances.  We will work individually with each trainee to find the best outcome but please note, we cannot guarantee you the position of your choice, or a position in your current facility or network.

If you do not withdraw your BPT application and accept a BPT role and then subsequently pass the short case exams, you cannot be considered for a BPT position. This is because, if you pass the short case component of the modular exam, you will complete the examination component of your BPT requirements, and no longer be eligible for a BPT position. If you do accept this position and pass the short cases you will not be supported with another role within NSW Health.

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I have been offered an Advanced Trainee position but cannot sit my short cases until 2022 do I have to decline the offer?

No. The RACP has advised that if trainees defer or cannot sit short cases, the RACP will support impacted trainees with their transition to Advanced Trainee positions by continuing their current provisions that recognise training in Advanced Trainee positions ahead of completing your exams (provisional Advanced Trainee arrangements).

I have been offered an Advanced Trainee job but have elected to defer my short case exam to 2022, do I have to decline the offer?

No. The RACP has advised that if trainees defer or cannot sit short cases, RACP will support impacted trainees with their transition to Advanced Trainee positions by continuing their current provisions that recognise training in Advanced Ttrainee positions ahead of completing your exams (provisional Advanced Trainee arrangements).

If I am a provisional Advanced Trainee in 2022 how long will my contract of employment be?

If you accept an Advanced Trainee job but cannot sit /or defer your short cases in 2021 you will receive a 12-month employment contract. If you pass the exams in 2022 you will receive a length of training contract. If you fail the exams in 2022 your contract will finish at the end of 2022 and you must apply for a new position in 2023.

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Current as at: Friday 3 September 2021