All new intern or PGY2 training programs or posts must be accredited prior to junior doctors commencing. The initial step is to complete the relevant application form for consideration by the Accreditation Subcommittee. The timing of accreditation decisions and any required survey visits are determined on an as needs basis taking account of particular timelines (e.g. the Intern Computer Match). For rotation sites, the parent health service would normally be invited to the initial accreditation survey visit but not to subsequent re-accreditation visits.
The internship year must enable interns to acquire a broad range of knowledge and skills through the achievement of explicit learning objectives to ensure they meet the requirements for general registration. For PGY2s, accreditation assessment seeks to ensure the provision of appropriate prevocational medical training to enable transition to vocational training programs.
PMCV assessment for accreditation of a facility occurs from a program perspective, using the PMCV accreditation standards and also involves assessment of each intern and PGY2 post with the key considerations being supervision, clinical content/workload and educational value.
The PMCV Duration of Accreditation, Applications, Communication and Monitoring Guidelines provide guidance for:
- Survey teams and the Accreditation subcommittee in recommending duration of accreditation following assessment of new prevocational medical training programs/posts, assessment for re-accreditation, and of major changes.
- Facilities on the accreditation application, assessment and monitoring processes; and
- The process followed for the communication of accreditation outcomes.
Accreditation of new junior doctor training posts and terms is assessed by review of the application form completed by the facility and for intern posts, in particular, facilities should ensure that the requirements outlined in the are met.
Re-accreditation of intern and/or PGY2 training programs and posts occurs on a four year cycle and the timing of a survey visit is determined in consultation with facilities due for re-accreditation in the current year. Re-accreditation visits usually occur between May and September each year.
For re-accreditation of training posts, the assessment occurs by review of the junior doctor survey results prior to an accreditation survey visit and the meetings with junior doctors during a visit.
Following the granting of accreditation, PMCV will monitor the prevocational medical training program and posts provided by the facility to ensure they continue to meet the accreditation standards. The monitoring tools are structured progress reports at specified times (mid-cycle reviews and review of new posts) and full accreditation survey visits every four years.
It is also expected that facilities will report at any time on matters which may affect the accreditation status of prevocational medical training posts including changes to posts or any other relevant issues. If PMCV has reason to believe that changes are planned, are occurring or have occurred to prevocational medical training programs or posts which may affect accreditation status, PMCV will seek further information from the facility.
The PMCV Accreditation Guide provides further information on the planning and conduct of the PMCV accreditation process.
PMCV guidelines relevant to the accreditation process
PMCV Accreditation Guide - Print version
PMCV Accreditation Guide - Web version