As a Fellow of ACEM you:
- Officially become a recognised specialist in Emergency Medicine
- Have the support, collaboration and encouragement of the College throughout your Fellowship
- Are recognised for more senior roles in the ED
- Contribute to the advancement of Emergency Medicine in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand
- Can use the post nominals FACEM
- Have exclusive access to ACEM digital resource hubs such as Best of Web EM Resources and eLearning, plus Corporate Traveller and the online-shopping Member Advantage Program.
Important to Note: your training in emergency medicine is not recognised as complete until it has been reviewed and approved by the College.
What is the process?
You need to apply for election to Fellowship for the process to begin.
Even if you pass the Fellowship Exams, you need to lodge your application, as endorsement by the Council of Education (COE) is required which may include a review of your FACEM Training history by the Regional WBA Panel.
Remember you need to continue with your Late Phase EM-WBAs - including complexity and rate of completion requirements - while awaiting the outcome of the Regional WBA Panel review. Don't commence a consultant role before officially becoming a FACEM.
If the WBA Panel determines that you have achieved the required standard of a new Fellow, your Fellowship application is scheduled for endorsement by (COE). If COE endorses your application, you'll become a Fellow.
The College then notifies either Medicare Australia or the MCNZ of your Fellowship.
How long does it take?
The process takes about six to eight weeks from when you have completed your last training requirement (including WBA Panel review) and ACEM has received your Election to Fellowship application form. You'll be formally advised in writing as soon as possible following the decision of the COE.
What you need to do
- Double check you’re eligible to apply for Fellowship. If you answer yes to these questions, you’re eligible:
- You’ve satisfactorily completed all training and assessment requirements of both Provisional Training and Advanced Training (including any WBA Panel reviews), as required by the College
- You hold current registration with the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) or the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ)
- You have no outstanding fees due to the College.
- Fill out the TA168 Application for Election to Fellowship Form
- Please note that the declaration part of this form is only valid for 28 days. Please contact [email protected] for advice on when to submit your application for Fellowship.
- Send a copy of the above document with any attachments (if applicable) to [email protected].
I’m now a FACEM, what do I do next?
- Apply for registration as a specialist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) if you are based in Australia, or apply for vocational registration in emergency medicine with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) if you are based in Aotearoa New Zealand.
- Obtain medical indemnity insurance (if applicable). Check with your local medical council or board for requirements.
- View the New Fellows Orientation Guide, which contains helpful information for your transition to Fellowship.
- Head to the New Fellows wepage for an overview of the New Fellows Program. Find relevant resources, past webinar and workshop recordings, the latest news, and information on the Regional New Fellows Champion representing you.
- Expect your membership certificate in the post shortly after admission to membership. You will receive an email with a tracking number once mailed.
- Keep an eye out for information on attending a College Ceremony in honour of your election to ACEM Fellowship.
- Familiarise yourself with the CPD Program requirements. You will be enrolled in the program and receive an email with more information shortly after attaining Fellowship.
- Log into the My ACEM Portal and ensure your contact and other details are kept up to date.
- Log into eLearning for access to educational resources on CPD and supervision, online course modules on leadership, ultrasound or cultural competency and a curated ‘Best of Web EM’. .
- Complete the ACEM Core Values module, and consider how you can demonstrate the values of Respect, Integrity, Collaboration and Equity as a new FACEM.
Can I apply for registration in both Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand?
Yes. However, you will need to complete two separate applications, as outlined directly above.