The College is continuing to monitor the circumstances related to COVID-19 and respond as best it can to the evolving situation.
As part of this response, the College has made the decision to open applications for Selection into the FACEM Training Program earlier than previously scheduled:
- Round 1 applications will now open on 4 May 2020
- Round 2 applications will now open on 17 August 2020
No other dates in the published timeline are affected by this change. These dates have been updated in the table under Application and Enrolment Dates below.
It is hoped that an extended application period will assist all involved in the application process by:
- allowing applications to be completed before a predicted surge of COVID-19 patients and resultant demand on prospective trainees and referees;
- allowing applicants a longer period in which to complete their application, if faced with an increased workload;
- allowing referees a longer period in which to complete references, for any applications submitted prior to the application deadline (referees are sent emails notification upon submission of application).
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the college at [email protected] for advice.
Application and Enrolment Dates
Applicants for Selection into FACEM Training who intend to commence training in Australia may apply in either Round 1 or Round 2. Applicants may submit one application per year only.
It is strongly recommended that applications to commence training in Aotearoa New Zealand be submitted in Round 1 to ensure that your enrolment can be completed before the start of the training year.
If you intend to commence training in New South Wales, we recommend applying in Round 1 to ensure that you receive your outcome before state recruitment ends.
All applicants must commence training at the start of the relevant medical training year.
Access to ACEM’s Primary Exam resources will be available upon completion of enrolment. Therefore, Round 1 applicants will be eligible for this access before Round 2 applicants.
||4 May 2020
||17 August 2020
||22 June 2020
||5 October 2020
|Situational Judgement Test
||8 July 2020 or 10 July 2020
||14 October 2020 or 16 October 2020
|All references due
||20 July 2020
||2 November 2020
|Selection into Training Subcommittee meeting
||4 August 2020
||17 November 2020
|Notification to applicants
||17 August 2020
||7 December 2020
NZ: by 23 November 2020^
||23 November 2020
||27 January 2021
NZ: 4 December 2020^
* Enrolment is specified as acceptance of the Trainee Agreement and submission of an application to enrol. Applicants will be considered trainees upon payment of the enrolment fee and annual training fee.
^Outcomes for applications submitted in Round 2 to commence training in NZ will be processed in advance of Australian applications, to enable NZ applicants to complete their enrolment prior to the start of the medical training year.
Please Note: Due dates listed in the above table are observed until 23:59 Victorian time (AEST/AEDT, as appropriate) on the displayed date.
Before applying for selection into FACEM Training
Before applying for selection into FACEM Training, you should have read and understood the following:
The ACEM Council of Education reserves the right to refuse any application for selection into FACEM Training. Any application that is not submitted in accordance with Regulation B FACEM Training Program will not be accepted.
If you have any questions about the application process, please refer to our FAQs at the bottom of this page.
Am I eligible to apply for Selection into the FACEM Training Program?
To be eligible to apply for selection into FACEM Training, you must satisfy all the following requirements by the closing date for your application round (Round 1 – 22 June 2020; Round 2 – 5 October 2020), and supply associated supporting documentation.
All supporting documentation must be clear, legible, and written in English. If the documentation is in another language, an official translation must be provided with the evidence.
Items listed on the application that are not substantiated by appropriate supporting documentation will not be considered. For more information about supporting documentation, please see ‘How to Apply’ below.
1. You must have one of the following:
2. You must have one of the following:
- Citizenship in the country of application, or
- Have been granted Permanent Residency status in the country of application, or
- The necessary visas to undertake training in the country of application.
3. You must have one of the following:
*Your registration must have no suspension, condition, restriction or undertaking imposed that limits you having unconditional medical registration in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand as applicable. If you cannot meet this eligibility criteria, you may apply via the Exceptional Circumstances and Special Consideration Policy to have your application for Selection into FACEM Training considered.
4. You must be able to fulfil the requirements of the training program.
5. You must be in at least your second postgraduate year (PGY2).
6. You must have completed the following:
- A minimum of one full term* in emergency medicine, completed in or after PGY2, in Australia and/or Aotearoa New Zealand, within the last two years, and
- A minimum of two full terms* in two different disciplines other than emergency medicine.
* With respect to the minimum term requirements above;
- A full term is defined as a minimum of eight weeks full time equivalent (FTE) of clinical work at a single site, exclusive of any leave.
- A full term may be completed in one block, or in two split-terms at the same site with the same supervisor.
- Terms must be completed at a minimum of 0.5 FTE.
- Locum work is not included.
- Relief terms are not included.
- Terms in emergency medicine must be completed in an Emergency Department. Experience at an Australian Urgent Care Centre may not be included for the emergency medicine requirement.
- Terms in emergency medicine completed exclusively in the fast-track area of the department may not be included.
- Terms in emergency medicine during the intern year (PGY1) are not included.
- Terms in disciplines other than emergency medicine may be completed outside Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand and may include terms undertaken during the intern year (PGY1).
If you are in PGY2, you will need to ensure you have an Emergency Medicine placement in the first half of the year so that you can complete a full term before the application closing date.
You are strongly encouraged to undertake terms in disciplines other than emergency medicine in your second (and subsequent, where applicable) postgraduate years in order to diversify your experience.
Former FACEM Trainees
If you are a former trainee, you must apply for selection into FACEM Training. There is no automatic right for any former trainee to be invited to re-enrol in the FACEM Training Program.
Former trainees seeking to apply for selection into FACEM Training and re-enrol into the FACEM Training Program must have a thorough understanding of the Policy on Former Trainees Applying for Selection.
Former trainees who successfully complete the selection process and are invited to re-enrol may be subject to specific conditions.
Am I eligible to apply for selection?
If you are a former trainee who (unless ineligibility rules apply);
- voluntarily withdrew from the FACEM Training Program on one occasion, or
- was removed from the FACEM Training Program for failure to pay outstanding fees on one occasion,
you may apply for selection into FACEM Training, but only after a period of three years has elapsed since the time your initial period of training was terminated.
The following former trainees are not eligible to apply for selection into FACEM Training:
- Those who have either voluntarily withdrawn or been removed from the FACEM Training Program for failure to pay, on two occasions.
- Those who were under suspension from the FACEM Training Program at the time of withdrawal.
- Those removed from the FACEM Training Program for compliance-related issues.
- Those removed from the FACEM Training Program for performance-related issues.
- Those who have previously been removed from a register of medical practitioners by a medical registration authority.
Trainees of other training programs
Trainees commencing the FACEM Training Program are not permitted to be enrolled in a vocational medical training program other than one recognised by ACEM for the purposes of joint training (e.g. CICM or RACP Paediatrics).
If you are currently enrolled in another vocational medical training program (including the Emergency Medicine Certificate or Emergency Medicine Diploma), you must ensure that you will complete, or otherwise withdraw from, the course prior to completing your enrolment for the FACEM Training Program.
How to apply
An application for selection into FACEM Training does not guarantee a place on the FACEM Training Program. However, if you are successful in the selection process you will be invited to enrol by ACEM.
We recommend that you read through our Information Guide on applications for Selection into the FACEM Training Program, to familiarise yourself with the form and requirements before you begin your application.
View a list of required supporting documentation for details of appropriate documentation for each section of the application below.
The ACEM selection into FACEM Training process for 2020 consists of four components. The first three – the Structured CV Form, Selection References, and Institutional Reference are completed via the online application process and managed internally by the College. The fourth component – the Situational Judgement Test, is managed by an external provider.
Structured Curriculum Vitae Form
You are not required to submit a copy of your normal CV as part of your application. The application process will guide you through a structured CV form, where you will have the opportunity to detail relevant information with supporting documentation.
Certain awards/achievements such as the three listed below should not be included, as they are not considered in the review of your application:
- Fellowships and Examinations of other Colleges – these qualifications may be eligible to receive credit towards some requirements of the FACEM Training Program, if selected to the program, so are not considered as part of the selection process.
- PhD Qualifications and research publications – completed research projects may also be eligible to contribute towards the research requirement of the FACEM Training Program, so are not considered as part of the selection process.
- Teaching activities without a clinical focus – teaching activities are only considered relevant to Emergency Medicine if they have a clinical focus.
This form comprises:
- Personal details
- Eligibility criteria, including:
- Medical degree
- Citizenship/Permanent Residence status/Visa(s)
- Medical registration details
- Postgraduate Experience.
You will need to list all postgraduate rotations of at least 8 weeks FTE duration, including dates, discipline, hospital and, if possible, your term supervisor. You will also need to provide evidence for all postgraduate rotations completed.
- Selection Criteria, including:
- Relevant Professional Development
- Activities and leadership
- Indigenous origin/identity
All courses that you have completed, as well as extra-curricular activities and achievements, must be substantiated by appropriate supporting evidence. Any achievements attained more than 5 years prior to application must be accompanied by evidence that demonstrates continued proficiency or development in the area, e.g. further courses, teaching, etc.
You must submit the details of four referees (including at least two FACEMs) from your most recently completed full Emergency Medicine term (minimum 8 weeks FTE), completed in the last two years (PGY2 or later, not including intern or locum work).
Nominated referees must be able to provide an informed professional opinion of you in all areas of the reference. You should approach your referees before providing their details, and ensure that they know you, and your work, well enough to be able to provide an adequate reference.
If a referee is unable to provide their opinion, for example, due to lack of adequate knowledge of and/or contact with you, you will be informed by us and the details of another more suitable referee may be provided. We strongly recommend that prior to your application, you ensure that you are networking well and making yourself known to the persons you hope to secure a reference from.
Your referees must comprise the following roles:
- The Director of Emergency Medicine Training (DEMT), or the Director of EM (DEM) in departments not accredited for the FACEM Training Program;
- The Term Supervisor if this is not also the DEMT;
- One other senior EM consultant, defined as at least three years since commencing employment as an EM consultant;
- One other senior clinician (medical or EM nurse) who has worked with you during your ED term. This may include non-EM consultants who have worked with you in the ED but must not be someone with whom you have worked exclusively in a non-ED term.
We expect that most applicants will be able to meet this requirement for referees. For those in specific circumstances (e.g. rural location) where the referee selection above cannot be met, please refer to the FAQs below or contact ACEM directly to confirm what alternatives will be acceptable.
Once your application is submitted, a request to complete the Selection Reference will be sent to your nominated referees for completion by the stipulated due date. You must ensure that your referees are able to submit your completed reference by the deadline.
For your application to be considered, your Institutional Reference and at least three Nominated References must be submitted. Please ensure that you follow up with your referees to obtain the minimum requirement.
You must also submit the details of the Director of the Emergency Department (DEM) where you completed your most recent full Emergency Medicine term, completed in the last two years (PGY2 or later, not including intern or locum work).
Once your application is submitted, a request to complete the Institutional Reference will be sent to the DEM for completion by the stipulated due date. You should approach your DEM before providing their details, so they know to expect this request.
Relevant staff familiar with your ED clinical performance work together to complete the Institutional Reference, which assesses your suitability to train in the FACEM Training Program.
Situational Judgement Test (SJT)
As part of ACEM’s ongoing review of the Selection into FACEM Training process, all applicants will be required to sit an online Situational Judgement Test (SJT) as part of their application.
SJTs are widely used as part of the selection process for a number of different Medical Schools and Graduate programs internationally and across Australasia. The test involves responding to questions based on a series of video and written scenarios that assess non-clinical skills considered important to becoming an Emergency Medicine Specialist.
Completing the online SJT is a necessary requirement for your application to be considered for selection into the training program for 2021. However, as it is the first year the College is introducing this, the results from the SJT will not contribute to the assessment of your application or the final outcome. There will be no additional fee for applicants to undertake the SJT.
The test is conducted online, on any computer with audio and video capabilities, a webcam (used for ID authentication) and a reliable internet connection. Participants will also need photo ID such as a passport or driver’s licence.
The test is comprised of 12 sections: 8 video-based and 4 word-based scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of 3 probing questions in 5 minutes or less. Halfway through the test, there is an optional 15-minute break. The test typically takes about 75-90 minutes to complete and no prior study is required
Each application round has two available test dates; you must ensure that you can attend one of the test dates for your application round, via a computer that meets the requirements for the test:
Round 1 applications:
- 8 July 2020, 10am (AEST)
- 10 July 2020, 7pm (AEST)
Round 2 applications:
- 14 October 2020, 11am (AEDT)
- 16 October 2020, 7pm (AEDT)
You will be provided with full details about registering for your test upon submission of your application for Selection into FACEM Training.
What happens after I've applied?
Once you’ve submitted your application it will be reviewed by ACEM staff and the Selection into Training Subcommittee. You can find out more about the decision-making process.
The Selection and Institutional References are scored based upon responses to selection criteria aligned with five of the domains identified in ACEM’s Curriculum Framework.
Your application, including the Structured Curriculum Vitae Form, Selection References and Institutional Reference are reviewed by the Selection Subcommittee against a standard deemed by us to be required of a doctor commencing FACEM Training. Offers to enrol in the FACEM Training Program will be made to all applicants who meet this standard.
Following completion of the selection into FACEM Training process, you will be notified of the outcome of your application.
What happens if my application is successful?
If your application is successful, you will be invited to enrol into the FACEM Training Program and must do so by the due date or forfeit your invitation to enrol. You may also apply to defer the commencement of your training. Full details of enrolment and deferral can be found in our Trainee Enrolment Policy.
Successful applicants must note that training will not be credited towards FACEM Training until you have completed PGY2, which must be by the start of the training year. You must also obtain a training position in a site accredited for FACEM training and have completed the enrolment process, including payment of enrolment and annual training fees.
If you are currently enrolled in our Emergency Medicine Certificate (EMC) or Diploma (EMD) Program you may apply for the FACEM Training Program, but you must have either completed or withdrawn from the EMC or EMD before enrolling into the FACEM Training Program. Please check the EMCD exam dates to ensure you will have the opportunity to complete your program before your enrolment due date for the FACEM Training Program.
What happens if my application is unsuccessful?
Unsuccessful applicants will be notified and provided with feedback on your application, including a summary of the areas that were considered deficient.
If you are seeking to re-apply for selection into FACEM training, you will be encouraged to undertake further terms in emergency medicine, as well as terms in non-emergency disciplines, and seek new referees for your Selection References.
How many times can I apply for Selection into FACEM Training?
All applicants will be allowed a maximum of three attempts at selection into the FACEM Training Program. As per all College decisions, the ACEM Reconsideration, Review and Appeals Policy applies.
If you are a successful applicant and do not accept your invitation to enrol, or apply to defer your enrolment, you will still have your selection application counted towards the maximum number of attempts allowed.
What can I do now to prepare?
What to expect in your first year of training
It’s important that anyone thinking of joining the FACEM Training Program read the FACEM Training Program Handbook. Your training is your responsibility, and prospective trainees need to be prepared for what will be expected of them throughout the training program. The key things you’ll need to prepare for are:
Starting your training
All trainees must commence training at the start of the relevant medical training year (December in Aotearoa New Zealand, February in Australia). If you do not have a placement for the start of the training year, you’ll need to enter an interruption to training.
6m ED in your first year
You need to complete at least 6 months Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) in a single approved Emergency Department (ED) within 12 months of starting your training.
To obtain structured references, you must complete six months of ED training at a single site. You must provide the name and contact details of your DEMT and two FACEMs who have supervised you during this placement. The reference forms will then be available for your referees to complete online. References must be assessed as satisfactory before you are able to progress to Advanced Training.
Getting your placements sorted
Getting your rotations planned out early in your training can help you track your progress and ensure that you will meet the requirements of the program.
Primary Written Examination
You may not sit the Primary Written Examination before you commence the FACEM Training Program.
Those who are successful in Selection into FACEM Training and are invited to enrol will be able to apply to sit the Primary Written Exam at the start of the medical training year for which they have enrolled to commence training. All applicants must have completed their enrolment, including payment of all fees, to be eligible to apply to sit the exam.
Assessing Cultural Competency Modules
As part of your first year, you’ll need to complete ACEM’s online Assessing Cultural Competency Modules. Completion of each module is recorded on your ACEM Portal, under Monitoring My Progress.
Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer
If you have undertaken relevant work or study, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Credit Transfer (CT). You must still complete the Selection into FACEM Training process before submitting details of your experience. Successful applicants will be invited to enrol in the training program and upon enrolment will be given further details of how to make a submission for recognition of previous experience.
Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers are considered on a case by case basis. Please ensure you have a full understanding of our Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer before making a submission.
RPL/CT may be granted in the following areas:
- Provisional Training
- Advanced Training
- Relevant postgraduate university subjects as part of Trainee Research Requirement
- Published research project as part of Trainee Research Requirement
An application for RPL/CT must be submitted after enrolment, within six months of commencement of the FACEM Training Program.
To begin an application for Selection into FACEM Training, you will need to pay a non-refundable Selection into Training fee.
If your application is successful and you enrol into the FACEM Training Program, the Entrance Registration Fee and Annual Training Fee for the first year of training must be paid prior to the start of the training year.
Full details of the applicable fees can be found on our Fees and Payments page.
Are you experiencing financial hardship?
If you are experiencing financial hardship, you may apply to us for financial special consideration. Fees may be allowed to be paid in instalments, with an agreed schedule of payment. Applications for financial special consideration must:
- Be made in writing to our Council of Education via email.
- Reach us prior to 1 January for the applicable training year.
- Include a proposed schedule for payment of fees.
If you cannot find the answer to your question here, please contact the Selection Team via email.
The Selection Process
Q. Will there be a decrease in the number of training positions available with the introduction of Selection into FACEM Training?
A. There is no quota on training positions and the College will enrol all applicants who are assessed as meeting the standard required for FACEM Training as FACEM trainees.
Q. Why has the College introduced this new system?
A. The guiding principle underpinning the new selection process is to select those applicants who are likely to succeed in emergency medicine, both as trainees, and as FACEMs.
We're also becoming more in line with selection processes used at other Australasian medical specialty colleges by having a single intake for applications each calendar year.
Additionally, we're aligning with typical emergency medicine recruitment timelines in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, enabling timely notification of outcomes to applicants and hospitals.
Q. What is the background?
A. ACEM has been processing and enrolling up to 500 applicants into the FACEM Training Program each calendar year.
Additionally, ACEM oversees the training of 2,600 FACEM trainees at various stages of the program across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.
Effectively, the nature of the former enrolment process enabled prospective trainees to enrol at almost any time through the year - this relatively deregulated approach to enrolment had reached a stage where it was no longer considered sustainable or in the best interests of those involved in the training process.
Q. How was the decision made to introduce selection into training?
A. A Selection into FACEM Training Working Group was set up and met at regular intervals in 2016 and 2017. The Working Group made a number of recommendations which were adopted by the College's governing bodies, the Council of Education and the Board.
Q. I will have general registration by the start of the training year. Can I still apply?
A. No, you must have general registration at the time of application.
Q. I will have completed a full 8-week term in Emergency by the time the references are due. Can I still apply?
A. No, you must have completed an 8-week term in Emergency by the closing date for your application Round.
Q. Can I complete two split-terms of ED to make up a full term (8 weeks FTE) when combined?
A. Yes, provided that you are completing the terms at the same site with the same DEMT, you do not need to complete the full term in one block.
Q. I have completed one full term in Paediatric Emergency Medicine; will this count as my ED requirement?
A. There is currently no specification about which type of ED your requisite full term should be in. Therefore, a full term in Paediatric Emergency Medicine will meet the requirement.
Q. I am currently working as a doctor overseas and would like to apply for Emergency Medicine training in Australia. What’s the process?
A. Overseas doctors that are not currently Emergency Medicine specialists in their home country are entitled to apply for FACEM training. Overseas doctors are subject to the same eligibility and selection criteria and must submit an application for Selection into FACEM Training to be considered.
Completing the Application
Q. I’m a citizen of the country of application, but I don’t have a passport. What evidence should I provide?
A. Please provide evidence in the form of a birth certificate, and other official photographic ID such as a Driver’s Licence.
Q. My activities/achievements don’t seem to meet the specific criteria in the application form. Where should I include them?
A. The specific activities and achievements requested have been identified as specifically relevant to success in Emergency Medicine. Activities and achievements outside of this scope, while commendable, are not considered as part of the Selection process.
Q. Can I use Australian referees for my application if I intend to complete my training in Aotearoa New Zealand?
A. Yes, your referees should be from your most recent full ED term, regardless of where you are planning to complete your training. If your most recent ED term prior to application was in Australia, it is your referees from this term that should be nominated in your application.
Q. When nominating my referees, if the DEMT was also my term supervisor, who should I nominate for my fourth referee?
A. Your additional referee should be another EM Consultant.
Q. What if I can’t meet the criteria for nominated references?
A. If you have not worked with at least two FACEMs in your most recent term, you may instead nominate a Senior GP Specialist working in the ED.
Senior EM Consultants with less than 3 years’ experience, and additional senior clinicians can also be nominated in circumstances where you have not worked with individuals that meet the criteria.
If necessary, you may also nominate a Fellow of another college with a comparable training program, e.g. RACGP, ACRRM, RNZCGP, RNZCUC.
Q. There is no DEM or DEMT at my hospital. Who should I nominate for my Institutional Reference?
A. You should provide the details for your head of department or senior clinician. They do not need to be a FACEM.
Q. The DEM at my hospital is on leave or unavailable. Who should I nominate for my Institutional Reference?
A. You should confirm who is covering the DEM’s duties in their absence and provide their details instead. You should be able to find this out from the staff at the DEM’s Office.
Q. How many times can I apply for Selection into FACEM Training?
A. All applicants will be allowed a maximum of three attempts at Selection into the FACEM Training Program. As per all College decisions, the ACEM Reconsideration, Review and Appeals Policy applies.
If you are a successful applicant who does not accept your invitation to enrol, and do not apply to defer your enrolment, you will still have your selection application counted towards the maximum number of attempts allowed.
After Submitting Your Application
Q. How do I find out which of my referees hasn’t submitted their reference?
A. Due to confidentiality reasons, we can’t give you this information. We’d recommend that you contact all your referees to check they’ve received our email and remind them to complete the reference if they haven’t already done so.
Providing a reference for a candidate
Q. I’ve been nominated as a referee on a candidate’s application. What do I need to do?
A. Please read our information for referees to familiarise yourself with the process. Then visit selection.acem.org.au and login with the credentials you received in the email.
Please note: This site is not part of the ACEM website; it is a stand-alone system, not part of the Member Portal, and your ACEM member logins (if you have them) will not work.
Do I need Permanent Residency to apply?
No, as a minimum, you must hold a visa that allows you to live and work in the country you wish to commence training in. The visa does not need to be valid for the duration of your projected training time, so long as it is valid at the time of application.