In addition to the training time requirements specific to the Training Stages, trainees complete a broad range of assessment activities and other training requirements throughout the FACEM Training Program. Together, these ensure the continuous development of knowledge, skills, and attributes that will prepare you for a career as a specialist in emergency medicine. Trainees, FACEMs and Assessors can access more detailed information, resources, and guides on completing these assessments on the Educational Resources site.
Trainees are assessed on their progress through the FACEM Training Program via a number of different Workplace-Based Assessments. These are split into two categories; In-Training Assessments (ITAs) and Emergency Medicine Workplace-Based Assessments (EM-WBAs).
ITAs track a trainee’s progress against the learning outcomes that are defined in each domain of the FACEM Curriculum. Feedback is a vital resource in medicine and the ITA process aims to narrow the gap between the actual and desired performance of a trainee by providing feedback based on observations of the consultant group. ITAs provide the opportunity for trainees to self-reflect on their performance and discuss this with their supervisor.
ITAs are conducted by the DEMT or supervisor at regular intervals throughout training. One ITA is completed for every 3-month calendar period a trainee spends in a placement.
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EM-WBAs are observational assessments of your clinical performance in Emergency Medicine. They are conducted by different assessors at various stages of the Training Program and involve discussions, structured feedback, and ratings. WBAs assist trainees in learning and developing their own practice.
There are specific WBAs required for each Training Stage of the Program. In order to demonstrate continuous progression towards the required standard of each Training Stage, it is recommended that trainees complete at least one EM-WBA per month.
The final Training Stage of the FACEM Training Program provides an opportunity for trainees to develop their skills in the domains of leadership and management, teamwork and collaboration, and scholarship and teaching. These requirements acknowledge the work that is already being undertaken by many trainees, provide an opportunity for structured feedback and aim to ensure a consistent experience for trainees across all sites.
There are several different types of EM-WBAs. Further information and links are available in the relevant sections below:
Case-based Discussions (CbD)
Mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercises (Mini-CEX)
Team Lead in Resuscitation
Learning and Development Plan
A Learning and Development Plan (LDP) is a trainee’s individualised plan for pathway to fellowship. It guides a trainee’s discussions with their DEMT or Supervisor about their development goals for each placement.
The LDP is separate to the assessment process of the FACEM Training Program and focuses on the learning needs and goals of the individual trainee. All trainees are encouraged to create, regularly review, and update their LDP as it provides a framework to better identify areas for development and growth as you progress through training.
Please read the LDP User Guide for step-by-step instructions how to create an LDP in the My ACEM portal and LDP section in the Trainee Support Guide.
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