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  • Q
    What are the Mock Exams for AKT and KFP?

    Practise makes perfect! That is why GP Academy offers full mock exams for the written component of the RACGP fellowship exams. These exams aim to simulate the actual fellowship examination. Currently these practise exams are only available to course participants. Exams are available online. 

    The AKT mock exam contains 150 questions that must be completed within 4 hours. These conditions are the same as the actual RACGP exam. Candidates will be provided with their score and model answers. 

    The KFP mock exam contains 26 cases that must be completed within 4 hours. Each case is weighted equally, but may have a different number of components. Candidates will be provided with detailed answers.

     

  • Q
    How much time should be spent studying for each exam?

    This is a very common question with no simple answer! The preparation required for each individual depends on his or her prior knowledge and experience. On average, it is recommended that candidates spend about 4-5 months studying for the written exams.

    The OSCE is harder to put a recommended time frame as it very much dependent on the individual. Nonetheless, the OSCE requires a lot of practise! The examiners are looking for how competent you are as a health professional. They are looking to see if you are able to make the patient feel comfortable and satisfied with the care received. Typically, examiners are looking for candidates to establish a strong rapport and provide a clear explanation to the patient before demonstrating competent medical knowledge.

  • Q
    Can I use my exam preparation grant from rural workforce agencies to pay for the course fees?

    Some GPs working in rural and remote areas under RLRP, are eligible for fellowship exam preparation grant. The grant is called "Additional Assistance Scheme (AAS)". Contact Rural Workforce Agency of your state for more information. Some changes have been applied to the scheme on 1 April 2017.

  • Q
    Does GP Academy guarantee that I will pass my exams?

    Of course not! Success in the exams depends on several factors including your hard work, medical knowledge and skills. These courses have been designed to motivate you to study harder and help you to form motivated study groups. Our courses familiarise you with each exam format and provide you with hints to improve your performance.

  • Q
    Can I still attend the courses even if I am not currently planning to sit the exams?

    Yes! GP Academy courses are helpful for all GPs regardless of their circumstances. Our courses are very dynamic and the topics discussed are constantly updated. However, there are aspects in the RACGP exams that frequently reoccur, so attending our courses is still beneficial. Our courses aim to guide candidates along their journey to becoming better GPs.

  • Q
    I have passed one of my written exams (AKT or KFP) and just need to prepare for the other one. Do I

    You certainly don't have to but we highly recommend you to attend the "AKT+KFP" course.  Given the nature of these two exams it is not easy to draw a line between the topics required for each exam. Thus, you may miss out on key advice and information should you decide to attend the single courses. Please see the “course programs” to see what topics you will miss out on by attending the AKT-only and KFP-only courses. 

  • Q
    Are Live Online/Webinar courses as good as the face-to-face ones?

    Yes! Thanks to high speed Internet and the GoToWebinar teleconferencing system the online courses allow all participants to interact just as well as the face-to-face sessions. The online sessions have made it easy for participants to attend all of our courses from anywhere in the world! Feedback from our previous attendees who have attended both forms have stated that both formats were equally valuable.

  • Q
    What is a Q-Bank?

    Q-Banks, also known as Question-Banks are a collection of verified questions which have been developed and refined by GP Academy. These questions have been designed as a valuable preparation tool for the RACGP examinations.

    The AKT course participants will gain access to the AKT Q-Bank, which contains over 1,500 MCQs and EMQs. Similarly, the KFP attendees will have access to over 900 KFP questions (300 cases) all with the Academy verified answers and references. 

  • Q
    Does GP Academy give any discounts on their courses?

    Effective from 15 June 2017, GP Academy has only one discount policy as below:

    Candidates who enrol in the written exam courses (AKT/KFP) for the second time are eligible for 22% discount.

    To have this applied to your registration please send an email to [email protected] and receive your discount code within 48 hours. This does not apply to OSCE courses.

     

  • Q
    How do the course participants receive the RACGP QI&CPD points?

    GP Academy is an accredited training provider for RACGP. OSCE courses at GP Academy are assessed and approved for 40 category 1 points. First time participants* are entitled to receive points after attending the course. This requires candidates participating in the predisposing activity and filling out the evaluation or feedback form.

    Effective from August 2017, the AKT and KFP courses are not part of the QI&CPD program anymore.

    *Points are only available to first time participants of a particular course. For example, if you attended the OSCE course and you wish to attend another OSCE course with us in the future you will not be able to receive QI&CPD points the second time round. 

  • Q
    What references do GP Academy use for exam preparation?

    Usual exam references are: John Murtagh textbook, Checks, Australian guidelines, AFPs. All the topics that we cover are supported by references. We provide most of what you need to read under the "Student Portal". We occasionally use other references e.g. UpToDate, Medicine Today, and Australian Doctor.

    For participants wishing to participate in our OSCE sessions, we recommend they get “Susan Wearne Clinical Cases 3rd edition” and the cases/books from GPRA (General Practice Registrars Australia) which contains over 60 clinical cases. GP Academy also provides additional study materials and cases throughout the course. For more information, please read the “Info Pack” found in the “course program”.

  • Q
    What happens if I am not fully satisfied with quality of courses? What is the cancellation policy?

    If for any reason you are not satisfied or not able to attend any of the "Written Exam Courses" after registration, you are entitled to a 90% refund of your total registration fee. The following condition applies:

    Written notification of your cancellation must be received not later than the beginning of the second session of each course. After this the cancellations will not be accepted. 

    If for any reason you are not satisfied or not able to attend any of the "OSCE Exam Courses" after registration, you are entitled to a 90% refund of your registration fee. The following condition applies:

    Written notification of your cancellation must be received 7 days prior to the first session of each course. After this the cancellations will not be accepted. 

  • Q
    What is the basic format of OSCE courses?

    OSCE courses are conducted in small groups. Each session will have a mixture of an average of 7 short and long cases. The format is exactly the same as the real exam. Experienced medical role-players will role-play the cases and the collage examiner will provide individual feedback to the candidate. Each candidate gets a chance to play a variety of short and long cases. The OSCE courses aim to fine tune candidates’ time management and communication skills. All cases seen in the sessions are selected from GP Academy’s OSCE Question Bank.

  • Q
    If I am not good at using computers can I still attend online (webinar) courses?

    Of course! Besides a computer, an iPad or other tablet device may also be used. For the written exam courses all that is required is a proper headset and a reliable Internet connection! You won’t need any other equipment or computing skills. The OSCE course participants, who wish to practise cases, will also require a webcam. 

    You will be also offered trial session options prior to the commencement of the course. These sessions are to ensure that candidates are well connected, so when the course actually starts we can jump straight in! Technical support will be available for those who require it.

  • Q
    How do you conduct the Live Online OSCE course?

    The live online OSCE course consists of a weekly 3-hour session, run over a five-week period. Each session will have several scenarios that cover common and challenging cases. The examiner, an experienced medical role-player and participants will meet online via webinar platform which allows for live video and audio communication. Candidates will take it in turn to role-play cases with the role-player and be given individual feedback on their performance. These sessions will focus heavily on communication skills and improving examination performance. 

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