Comprehensive RACGP AKT preparation
The RACGP AKT Preparation Program is a complete solution for GP registrars planning to sit the Advanced Knowledge Test (AKT) Fellowship exam. The program combines two courses. Firstly, Fellowship candidates complete the Foundations of Australian General Practice Course (GP201) which provides them with complete coverage of the RACGP AKT (and KFP) syllabus via examination of disease processes, presentation, clinical examination, diagnosis, investigation, and management. The course also reviews the relevant anatomy, physiology, and pathology for all major systems. Candidates then complete the RACGP AKT Advanced Strategies Course (GP202) in order to directly prepare for the AKT exam via representative practice exams.
Foundations of Australian General Practice Course (GP201)
Provides the complete syllabus for GP registrars preparing for the Advanced Knowledge Test (AKT) and Key Feature Problem (KFP) exams. The course consists of 21 comprehensive and interactive modules, and is supported by unlimited support from the specialist GP faculty.
RACGP AKT Preparation Course (GP202)
Provides GP registrars with comprehensive practice for the Advanced Knowledge Test (AKT) for the RACGP Fellowship. The course consists of 10 full-length interactive AKT trial exams with unlimited support from the specialist GP faculty.
The RACGP AKT Preparation Program is completed online through METC Institute’s advanced Canvas LMS portal. The program includes all learning resources necessary for the study of the clinical theory and practical elements relevant to the AKT exam. Via its two courses, the program comprises 21 comprehensive modules that form the basis of Australian General Practice. These modules are completed over a course of 42 weeks according to a provided study plan. During or after completion of these modules, candidates prepare for the AKT exam via completion of 10 full-length AKT Trial Exams. The program is supported by unlimited access to and support from course tutors. All tutors are specialist medical practitioners that provide expert guidance and clarification individualised to personal requirements.
The RACGP AKT Preparation Program aims to extract maximum candidate performance in the RACGP AKT Fellowship exam. This is achieved through two distinct sets of objectives.
Firstly, through the Foundations of Australian General Practice Course (GP201), candidates develop medical knowledge and skills in 6 core topic areas that cover the breadth of Australian General Practice. Delivered through 21 in-depth and online theory modules, and supported by personalised correspondence with METC Institute’s expert academic faculty, the course aims to maximise candidate knowledge in the following core topic areas:
- Adult Health (Medicine)
- Adult Health (Surgery)
- Women’s Health (Obstetrics and Gynaecology)
- Child Health
- Mental Health
- Population Health
The course also aims to assist GP Registrars in building an extensive knowledge base by directing their efforts more efficiently via specific areas of study and tasks that are relevant to Australian general practice. The breadth and depth of study for the RACGP AKT and KFP is extensively covered and enables registrars to develop knowledge considered fundamental for Australian general practice.
Secondly, through the RACGP AKT Preparation Advanced Strategies Course (GP202), candidates further develop their clinical reasoning capacities through problem-based learning and application of knowledge to practice AKT exams. Specific aims include development of capacities in:
- Clinical reasoning rather than rote knowledge of theory
- Ability to distinguish the most probable diagnosis from a list of plausible alternatives
- Recognition and management of life threatening illness or clinical red flags
- Professional practice in the context of Australian General Practice
- Data collection, interpretation, and synthesis
- Principles for development of management plans including education and health promotion, counselling, psychotherapy, pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapy, and other interventions
The RACGP AKT Preparation Program is completed entirely via correspondence. Firstly, the Foundations of Australian General Practice Course (GP201) completed by GP registrars over a 42-week study plan. The course consists of 21 online modules that are scheduled to be completed over 1-3 week periods. The course is designed to be conveniently completed around the busy schedule of registrar training.
|Week 1||Module 1 - Integument / Dermatology|
|Week 2-3||Module 2 - Head and Neck / ENT|
|Week 4-6||Module 3 - Nervous System / Neurology|
|Week 7-9||Module 4 - Musculoskeletal / Orthopaedics / Rheumatology|
|Week 10-12||Module 5 - Circulatory System / Heart / Vessels|
|Week 13-15||Module 6 - Respiratory System / Lungs / Chest Wall|
|Week 16-18||Module 7 - Gastrointestinal System / Abdomen / Abdominal Wall|
|Week 19-20||Module 8 - Breast / Endocrine System|
|Week 21-23||Module 9 - Female Reproductive System / Obstetrics & Gynaecology|
|Week 24-25||Module 10 - Haemopoietic System / Haematology / Blood / Blood Products|
|Week 26-28||Module 11 - Renal System / Urology / Male Reproductive System|
|Week 29||Module 12 - Mental State / Intellectual Function / Behavioural Problems|
|Week 30||Module 13 - Major Psychiatric Disorders / Drug & Alcohol Abuse|
|Week 31-32||Module 14 - Normal & Abnormal Growth & Development / Child Health / Paediatrics|
|Week 33-34||Module 15 - Nutrition / Metabolism|
|Week 35||Module 16 - Infectious Diseases|
|Week 36||Module 17 - Clinical Pharmacology|
|Week 37||Module 18 - Clinical Oncology|
|Week 38||Module 19 - Clinical Immunology|
|Week 39-40||Module 20 - Critical Care / Anaesthesia / Emergency Medicine|
|Week 41-42||Module 21 - General Practice / Public Health|
During or after completion of GP201, candidates complete the RACGP AKT Preparation Advanced Strategies Course (GP202). This course is completed online over 10-20 weeks under the guidance of the academic faculty. Candidates work through each trial AKT Exam and undergo further study in problem-based learning format under the guidance and support of an expert academic faculty.
|The program is founded on the METC Institute all you can learn model. For the duration of their enrolment, course participants may make unlimited use of the medical and surgical specialist faculty to have their questions answered. Questions and discussion with the course facilitators occurs via the METC Institute online learning portal.|
Participants can ask questions about any aspect of their course, their general studies or their career and will receive a response within 24-hours (business days).
About the RACGP AKT Exam
The RACGP Fellowship (FRACGP) Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) is a three-hour online exam. The AKT comprises 150 questions incorporating two different questions types – single best answer questions and extended matching questions.
The most recent AKT exam had an overall pass mark of 61.9% and a pass rate of 66.6% from a total of 1194 candidates who sat the exam. The pass rate is historically quite stable, with only small variation from exam to exam.
The METC Institute RACGP AKT course recognises that candidates typically under-perform in specific areas including but not limited to:
- Musculoskeletal medicine
- Women’s and reproductive medicine
- In-depth understanding of patient management
- Clinical reasoning
The course therefore ensures appropriate focus on these general areas of difficulty. Find out more about the RACGP AKT exam by visiting the RACGP website.
RACGP Fellowship preparation
The METC Institute is committed to delivering GP registrars with comprehensive and high-yield exam preparation courses that are directive, convenient, and emphasise active learning as the ultimate method of study. This course is one of a suite of courses which assist GP registrars through the succession of Fellowship examinations.
Advanced Knowledge Test (AKT)
Online question-based exam. The AKT is sat at the same time as the KFP exam.
Key Feature Problem (KFP) exam
Case-based online exam. The KFP exam is sat at the same time as the AKT.
OSCE (Clinical Exam)
Before attempting the OSCE, candidates must have passed both the AKT and KFP exam.
Successful completion of the AKT, KFP, and OSCE results in RACGP Fellowship.