|Basic Physician Training, which lasts for three years, aims at a broad-based training in general Internal Medicine. Experience in other disciplines which interacts with internal Medicine and enriches the trainees is also encouraged and accredited.
Trainees are continuously assessed throughout the training through the use of Trainee Logbook and supervisors' assessment reports. The Intermediate Examination tests the trainees' competence in basic clinical skills, attributes of a physician and level of basic knowledge in general medicine. This can be taken after two years of training. The College has agreed to conduct Joint Examinations twice yearly with MRCP (UK) starting from February 1994, in February and October, in Hong Kong. A pass in the joint MRCP (UK) - HKCP examination and three years of accredited basic physician training are the requirements for admission as Member of the College, which is the recognized higher qualification for entry to Higher Physician Training in the medical specialties.
Higher Physician Training in a medical specialty consists of three years of structured supervised training. To ensure a broad knowledge base, to prevent fragmentation in patient care delivery and to avoid the problems of "super-specialization", concurrent advanced training in Internal Medicine (AIM)/Geriatric Medicine and one other specialty is mandatory. These programmes would require a minimum of four years of supervised training, comprising 24 months (cumulative) of core training in Internal Medicine/Geriatric Medicine and 24 months (cumulative) of core training in one other specialty. Such training programmes must be approved by the AIM Board/Geriatric Medicine Board as well as the Board in the other specialty.
After receiving award of certification in any specialty, a Fellow may also apply to individual Specialty Boards to undertake sequential training in AIM or another specialty.
Each trainee's progress will be judged on the basis of continuous assessment through the use of Trainee Logbook and supervisors' assessment reports. There are formal Interim Assessments after completion of at least 12 months¡¦ training in a specialty, and a formal Exit Assessment at the end of training.
The final Exit Assessment normally takes place in May/June and/or November/December each year. The trainee is to submit a 5,000-word dissertation and attend an interview conducted by an Assessment Board. The Assessment Board comprises the Chairman of the Specialty Board or his/ her nominee, Specialty Programme Director, a member of the Specialty Board or Education & Accreditation Committee or Examination Committee, and an External Assessor who is usually a Specialty Programme Director from another region, or an overseas expert of renown in that specialty. Trainees who are successful at the Exit Assessment will be invited to apply for College Fellowship.