RACGP CCE Preparation Advanced Strategies Course (GP205)
The RACGP CCE Preparation Advanced Strategies Course (GP205) provides develops clinical reasoning skills in history taking, physical examination, investigations, diagnosis, public health issues, management, procedural skills, ethical & medico-legal issues and critical appraisal skills in the context of core topics regularly examined in the RACGP CCE Fellowship Examination.
About the Program
The RACGP CCE Preparation Advanced Strategies Course (GP205) develops clinical reasoning skills in history taking, physical examination, investigations, diagnosis, public health issues, management, procedural skills, ethical & medico-legal issues and critical appraisal skills in the context of core topics regularly examined in the RACGP CCE Fellowship Examination.
The RACGP online CCE course is comprised of ten complete and representative CCE trial exams released weekly, and weekly tutorials over a 6-week period, each with CCE case scenarios that includes assessment scoring criteria and model answers.
The course uses these CCE case-based scenarios to teach core principles, strategies and techniques for approaching the clinical presentations seen in the Fellowship CCE. The RACGP CCE Preparation Advanced Strategies Course is completed online through IME’s advanced Canvas LMS portal. It is supported by access to expert clinical tutors all of whom are specialist medical practitioners that provide expert guidance and coaching individualised to personal requirements.
Tutorials for 2023: Commence April 19, 2023
The RACGP CCE Preparation Advanced Strategies Course (GP205) includes 10 individual CCE exams, each with CCE case scenarios that includes assessment scoring criteria. The course uses these CCE case-based scenarios to teach core principles, strategies and techniques for approaching the clinical presentation. Scenarios are written in accordance with the core competencies as stated by the RACGP and are outlined below.
Communication and Rapport – This covers how candidates go about obtaining a patient’s history, explaining the problem and management, and negotiating agreement on the management plan. Candidates should be patient-centred, empathic and show that they understand the patient’s concerns, ideas and expectations. The way the candidates ask questions makes a difference.
History Taking – This is not random information gathering, but should be relevant and organised. It reveals clinical thinking. Candidates should learn to apply Murtagh’s safe diagnostic strategy: probability diagnosis, serious disorders, pitfalls, masquerades, and look for the hidden agenda.
Physical Examination – Candidates should be systematic and logical, and should also consider the patient’s comfort, and explain what they are doing, and communicate findings (positive and significant negative findings) to the examiner as they examine.
Investigations – These should be appropriate to the stage of presentation. Candidates should remember to consider office/surgery tests, and select relevant, cost-effective investigations in an appropriate sequence, displaying consideration for the safety and comfort of the patient. More is not better: consider what is most useful to discriminate between differential diagnoses. Will the result of this investigation change your management?
Diagnosis – Candidates may be asked to give a diagnosis, list differential diagnosis, or for a problem definition list. Remember the probability diagnosis and learn to prioritise any list.
Management – Candidates should determine whether they are being asked only for the initial management. If not, they should consider short-term and long-term management and patient support. Explaining the problem is more than using simple language and it is important to organise and prioritise information in order to avoid overwhelming the patient. Check the patient’s understanding and response to a proposed management plan and remember to safety-net.
The formal exit examination for this course consists of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Clinical Competency Exam (CCE) exam. This examination is conducted and operated independently through the RACGP. The costs of this exam is not included in the course fees for this course.
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Course fees include access to the online modules and workshops for 365 days. Further fees apply for extensions and may only be granted on application. Please refer to our published refunds policy as a condition of enrolment.ENROL
This IME Professional course is designed by Specialist Doctors and Senior Lecturers from leading Australian University Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals. Minimum qualification standards include MBBS with specialist qualification and registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). All courses are delivered by experienced lecturers with proven success in the medical space.
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