Clinical Examiner Training Course


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Clinical Examiner Training Course

The aim of this course is to standardise examiner performance to ensure that candidates are assessed consistently and reliably. It ensures all examiners are adhering to an agreed standard for exam protocol, conduct and marking so that candidates receive a consistent experience.

Completion of the training course is a mandatory requirement for all new appointees to the Faculty of Clinical Examiners

Completing the course qualifies RACS Fellows for 5 CPD Points in Maintenance of Knowledge and Skills. 

Eligibility criteria:

Prerequisites and training process:

  • Confirmation of appointment to the Faculty of Clinical Examiners
  • Sign up to examine at a Clinical Examination
  • Enrol in the Clinical Examiner Training Course
  • Complete the eLearning modules in the weeks prior to the face-to-face training session (2 hours to complete)
  • Attend the face-to-face training session (2.5 hours)
  • Examine at a Clinical Examination

Course Overview

The course is faciliated by members of the Clinical Examination Committee. Topics covered include:

  • The role of the Clinical Examiner
  • The marking system & feedback to candidates
  • The tablet marking system
  • Examiner conduct & professionalism

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand marking to a standard
  • Assess candidate performance in a manner consistent with other examiners
  • Identify the differences between similar candidate performance
  • Identify professional and unprofessional examiner conduct
  • Demonstrate confidence in the use of the tablet marking system

Course Details

The course consists of two parts - eLearning modules and a face-to-face training session.

The two parts are connected; this means that if you sign up to the course you need to be able to complete the eLearning modules online, as well as attend the face-to-face training session.

eLearning Modules

Access to the five eLearning modules are to be completed in the weeks prior to the face-to-face training session. They should take approximately 2 hours to complete. Included in the modules are videos of simulated Clinical Exams. You will be able to mark the candidates as if you were marking a real exam.

Face-to-face Training Session

The face-to-face session usually takes place the afternoon before the Clinical Exams (Friday 3.30pm-6pm) and is facilitated by members of the Clinical Examination Committee. The marking results from the eLearning modules will be reviewed, and you will mark more candidate videos with the opportunity for discussion.

How to enrol

Following appointment to the Faculty of Clinical Examiners, and signing up to attend a Clinical Examination, send an email to Instructions, access to the eLearning modules, and confirmation of enrolment in the face-to-face session will be provided.

Dates and locations

Clinical Examiner Training Course face-to-face sessions are scheduled the day before each Clinical Examination. See Clinical Examination dates and locations.

Currently the course is not offered in New Zealand. New Zealand based Fellows may attend the course and examine in Australia (travel expenses will be reimbursed). Additional examiner training course dates may be scheduled separately from the examination weekends if demand requires.

Training Course Enquiries

Examinations Team Leader
Examinations Department
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Surgeons' Gardens
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia

Telephone: +61 3 9249 1222