EMAC deferrals to be extended

Due to ongoing disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the college has extended the temporary exemption pathway for those who need to complete the Effective Management of Anaesthetic Crises (EMAC) course prior to being eligible for fellowship of ANZCA

The restrictions associated with the pandemic have resulted in courses being cancelled, particularly in NSW and Victoria.

This is making it very difficult for provisional fellows (PFs) and specialist international medical graduates (SIMGs) registered in cancelled courses to meet the requirement of completing an EMAC course prior to the end of training or the SIMG.

It has been exacerbated by this cohort not being able to have completed EMAC in 2020 as advanced trainees due to providing priority for PFs in that year.

At its August meeting, ANZCA Council approved making temporary deferral pathway open to trainees and SIMGs (anaesthesia) who would otherwise be eligible for admission to fellowship at or before the end of the 2022 hospital employment year. For both groups, applications will be accepted four weeks before or after the date of eligibility.

Those exempted from completing an EMAC course prior to fellowship will be required to complete the course within 12 months of attaining fellowship.

In reaching its decision, council considered the need to balance flexibility of the training program and SIMG assessment process due to the impact of COVID-19 against the need to maintain the high standards of FANZCA graduates expected by our community.

Provisional fellows or SIMGs wishing to apply for a deferral should go to the COVID-19 – guidance on anaesthesia training or SIMGs and COVID-19 pages for further information. Each case will be assessed by college directors of professional affairs.

Last updated 12:33 2.09.2021