Rural generalist anaesthesia exams

To qualify for award of the Diploma of Rural Generalist Anaesthesia, RGA trainees need to successfully complete the multiple-choice question exam (MCQs) and the DipRGA Standardised Structured Scenario-based Assessment (DRGA-SSSA)

The court of examiners will be managed by the DipRGA Examination Committee and will include rural generalist anaesthetists and FANZCAs.

Trainees should familiarise themselves with the format, minimum marks, and eligibility requirements for each of these important exams.

Multiple choice question exam

The purpose of the multiple-choice question (MCQ) exam is to drive early learning on quality and safety in anaesthetic practice.

Learning outcomes

The MCQ exam is mapped to the learning outcomes within the RGA curriculum.

Eligibility criteria

Trainees must be in an approved RGA training position at the time of the exam, and must pay the examination fee to be given access to the MCQ exam platform.

Format

Trainees will be able to sit the MCQ exam at a suitable location of their choice. Each trainee will sit a randomised exam covering the learning outcomes as per the RGA curriculum

Trainees are permitted a maximum of three attempts at the MCQ exam.

  

Section

Format

Duration

Multiple-choice questions (MCQs)

50 questions

60 minutes

 

Trainees are advised of their exam results at the completion of the exam via the online exam portal. 

Diploma of rural generalist anaesthesia standardised structure scenario-based assessment (DRGA-SSSA)

The focus of the diploma of rural generalist anaesthesia standardised structure scenario-based assessment (DRGA-SSSA) is on the practical integration and application of knowledge in clinical practice, with a focus on RGA practice in the rural and remote context.

Learning outcomes

DRGA-SSSA is mapped to the learning outcomes within the RGA curriculum.
 

Eligibility criteria

Trainees are eligible to sit the DRGA-SSSA once they have successfully completed:

  • at least 26 weeks FTE of approved clinical anaesthesia time.
  • EPAs 1 – 4 and have commenced the remaining EPAs.
  • the RGA multiple-choice question exam.

Trainees must be in an approved training position at the time of their first examination attempt.

Trainees must apply and pay the exam fee prior to the closing date. Late applications will not be accepted.

Format

The DRGA-SSSA is held twice a year. There will be one sitting of the DRGA-SSSA in 2023 and two sittings starting in 2024. Dates and venues for 2023 are below.

The exam consists of 8 scenarios which assess knowledge and clinical judgement.

Examiners will be centrally located, and trainees will be invigilated at their location.

Trainees are permitted a maximum of three attempts at the DRGA-SSSA. To achieve a pass in the DRGA-SSSA the candidate must meet the minimum standards required by the examination.

Dates and venues

2023 DRGA-SSSA dates

2023 Exam date

2 to 3 December 2023

Registration Closing Date

3 November 2023

Withdrawal fee date

24 November 2023

The examination is online administered centrally in Melbourne. Candidates will sit at their own rural locations.

Conditions of entry

Trainees participating in the DRGA-SSSA are required to adhere to our conditions of entry. 

Full details for the conditions and invigilation requirements will be released in mid 2023

If you have a query about RGA exams that is not answered here, please contact us.

Last updated 15:51 2.11.2022