|Basic Physician Training, which lasts
for three years, aims at a broad-based training in general Internal
Medicine. Experience in other disciplines which interact with internal
Medicine and which 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 recognised 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 "superspecialization",
concurrent advanced training in Internal Medicine (AIM) and one
other specialty is encouraged. These programmes would require a
minimum of four years of supervised training, comprising 24 months
(cumulative) of core training in Internal Medicine and 24 months
(cumulative) of core training in one other specialty. Such training
programmes must be approved by the AIM Board as well as the Board
in the other specialty.
Concurrent training in two related specialties may also be undertaken
in the same manner, provided approval is obtained from the relevant
Specialty Boards. After 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 Annual Assessments at the end of each
year, and a formal Exit Assessment at the end of training.
The final Exit Assessment normally takes place
in June and/or December each year. The trainee is to submit a 5,000-word
dissertation and attend in 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 ail overseas
expert of renown in that specialty. Trainees who are successful
at the Exit Assessment will be invited to apply for College Fellowship.