The pre-eminent RACGP KFP course
The RACGP KFP Advanced Strategies course (GP203) develops advanced critical and analytical skills and methods needed for exceptional performance in the RACGP Key Feature Problem (KFP) exam. This is accomplished through the study of 10 complete and representative KFP trial exams, each with worked solutions, clinical reasoning, exam strategies and references for further study. To develop their clinical reasoning skills, candidates submit their KFP Trial Exam answers and receive detailed feedback from course tutors on their performance and areas for improvement. This course is completed online through the METC Institute’s advanced Canvas LMS portal.
The RACGP KFP course includes 10 full-length KFP Trial Exams (total of 260 cases). The KFP is designed to assess clinical reasoning in practice. The exam is designed to represent a session in Australian general practice, so the demographics and case mix are drawn from the Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) data. In order to develop the appropriate exam techniques and level of reasoning, registrars have unlimited access to expert tutors who are specialist medical practitioners that can provide guidance and clarification individualised to personal requirements. This course allows candidates to develop and refine medical knowledge through case-based learning, to develop exam strategy, to realise and attenuate weaknesses and to develop a higher level of understanding of the concepts required to maximise RACGP KFP scores.
This course may be completed in isolation, or in conjunction with other RACGP Fellowship preparation courses in order to prepare for the Key Feature Problem (KFP) exam or Applied Knowledge Test (AKT). The course therefore forms part of a program (series of courses) that may be completed by GP registrars as they prepare for Fellowship:
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.
RACGP KFP Preparation Course (GP203)
Provides GP registrars with comprehensive and reflective practice for the RACGP Fellowship Key Feature Problem (KFP) exam. Fellowship training is facilitated by 10 complete and interactive KFP trial exams along with feedback and unlimited support from the specialist GP faculty.
RACGP KFP course objectives
The RACGP KFP Preparation Advanced Strategies Course (GP203) aims to help candidates further develop their clinical reasoning capacities through case based learning and application of knowledge to practice KFP 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
RACGP KFP course structure
The RACGP KFP Preparation Advanced Strategies Course (GP203) is completed online over 15 weeks under the guidance of the academic faculty. Candidates work through each trial KFP Exam, receive personalised feedback on their clinical reasoning, and undergo further study in case-based learning format under the guidance and support of an expert academic faculty.
|The course 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 clinical questions about any aspect of their course and will receive a response within 24-hours (business days).
About the RACGP KFP exam
The RACGP Fellowship (FRACGP) Key Feature Problem (KFP) exam consists of 26 cases, each of which comprises a number of questions. Each case contributes equally to the overall score, making each worth 3.85% of the total mark. The most recent KFP exam revealed an overall pass mark of 52.95% and a mean score of 53.66% from a total of 1562 candidates who sat the exam.
The METC Institute RACGP KFP course recognises that candidates typically under-perform in specific areas including but not limited to:
- Clinical reasoning
- Formulating a reason for the presentation as well as the diagnosis
- Provision of non-specific responses
- Provision of unrelated differential diagnoses
- Recommending irrelevant management
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.