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PESCI and Clinical Supervision

If you are approved by the selection panel to participate in the RRHTP RARMS will make a provision offer of employment to you to work as a General Practitioner.


You will then need to complete a Pre-employment Structured Clinical Interview or PESCI.

The PESCI is an assessment to determine if you have the knowledge, skills, clinical experience and attributes to participate to work successfully in rural and regional general practice.

The PESCI exam is conducted independently by either the:

The questions and scenarios in the PESCI are written specifically to assess your suitability to work in one of RARMS rural or regional practices.


For example, if you join the Rural and Regional Health Training Program the PESCI exam will assess your suitability to work in Armidale, Bingara, Tenterfield and Braidwood as a participant in the RRHTP.  

Your PESCI result for cannot therefore be used if you transfer to a different position or location.

The PESCI exam consists of a panel of a minimum of three interviewers of which at least two will be registered medical practitioners. If you pass your PESCI you will be advised by ACRRM or the RACGP including advice about any additional training you might require.

There is a fee involved with undertaking the exam. Further costs are levied for review and appeals processes. You are also responsible for any travelling expenses to attend the interview, however interviews may sometimes be conducted by video conferencing via arrangement.

More information on the Pre-employment Structured Clinical Interview is available from the Medical Board of Australia.

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If you want to prepare yourself for your PESCI, RARMS offers prospective applicants the opportunity to participate in a voluntary 2 week placement with one of our Practice Groups to help you build your understanding of the local context and obtain more information about the health needs of the community.  It will also help you to decide whether working in the practice location and regional health is right for you.

You will not be permitted to perform medical work and can only observe during this period.  All costs for participating in this preparation for PESCI program must be met by the applicant including accommodation and travel to the practice location, but we will help you as much as we can to get any funding for which you may be eligible.

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