OMS Program Updates – COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented event and the College would like to emphasise that its impact on your training is recognised as not within your control. We understand that there are concerns about training, assessments and exams, teaching and clinical experience, and time in training. The College seeks to reassure you that no trainee will be disadvantaged due to the decisions and actions that the College may have to implement due to COVID-19. We appreciate your understanding at this challenging time and wish you all the best over the coming weeks and months.

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OMS Program Updates

Dear OMS trainees,

RACDS is closely monitoring the advice relating to COVID-19 provided by the Commonwealth Government Department of Health and the World Health Organisation. Our first priority is the health and welfare of our Fellows, Members, candidates, trainees and staff. The spread of COVID-19 is creating various challenges in the delivery of face-to-face education and assessment.

Consequently the College is working hard to make alternative arrangements to limit the impact on the OMS program. Some measures have been confirmed, and some are still being worked through. We will be updating you as the plans unfold.

SST Examinations scheduled for Friday 12 June and Saturday 13 June 2020 in Sydney are postponed, with the intention of now holding the SST Examinations on 16 and 17 October 2020.

Final Examination dates at this point will remain the same, but this will be reviewed in the upcoming months. The College will advise trainees and training centres as soon as possible of any dates that are confirmed for courses and examinations for the latter part of the year.

Selection Interviews will be on 24 October. Arrangements are presently being finalised and all applicants will be further updated in the coming weeks.

OMS Handbook 2020 edition is now available to be viewed or downloaded HERE.

The College Calendar has information on the status of College activities in relation to COVID-19.

The College is regularly engaging with other medical Colleges at this time, who are across the board looking at the impact on training for trainees within their specialities. RACDS, through the Training Committee, will be assessing requirements about training time, assessments and how these can be managed.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at oms@racds.org.

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