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Assessing the curriculum. Mary Martin Jenny Reath The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Assessing the RACGP Aboriginal Health Curriculum. Curriculum Developed 1997 in partnership with the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)

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Assessing the curriculum

Assessing the curriculum

Mary Martin

Jenny Reath

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners


Assessing the racgp aboriginal health curriculum

Assessing the RACGP Aboriginal Health Curriculum

  • Curriculum Developed 1997 in partnership with the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)

  • Evaluation Implementation 2001

  • Candidates concerned curriculum not adequately assessed in the Fellowship of the RACGP (FRACGP) examination


Fracgp examination format

FRACGP Examination Format

Written

  • 150 Applied Knowledge Questions (including single best answer and extended matching questions)

  • 26 Key Feature Problems

    Clinical

  • 14 Clinical Stations – combination of 2 long cases and 12 short cases or OSCEs


Aboriginal health assessment

Aboriginal Health Assessment

  • Written questions developed and included in examinations from early 2000s

    • Performing well

  • 2005 - RACGP convened workshop to develop further examination questions and recommend processes


Fracgp examination aboriginal health workshop

FRACGP Examination Aboriginal Health Workshop

Aboriginal involvement at all stages :

  • Organisational representatives and key individuals

  • Development/ Review of questions and processes

  • Regular annual meetings planned


First clinical case in 2006

First Clinical Case in 2006

  • Different model required from volunteer GP examiner model

  • Recruitment and training of Aboriginal actors/ health workers to role play patients

  • Consistency over 9 different examination sites


Feedback following clinical examination 2006

Feedback following Clinical Examination 2006

  • RACGP Faculties embraced process and respected needs of Aboriginal actors

  • Aboriginal actors/ health workers valued the opportunity to participate in assessment

  • ? Candidates performed better in cultural sensitivity than in clinical areas

  • Some examiners requested further training in this area


Recommendations from recent workshop

Recommendations from recent workshop

  • Minimum number of Aboriginal health questions in every examination (written and clinical)

  • Aboriginal actors to be trained to assess performance of candidates

  • Aboriginal examiners are adequately remunerated

  • Training of other examiners in Aboriginal health


Our learning

Our Learning

  • Assessment is vital part of implementing the curriculum

  • Aboriginal people are enthusiastic and skilled partners in this process

  • Opportunity for learning for examiners as well as candidates

  • Value of ongoing cycle involving Aboriginal people in evaluation and improvement of existing processes


Assessing the curriculum1

Assessing the curriculum

Thank you

Mary Martin

Jenny Reath

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners


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