This section outlines the Fellowship examination process including information for Candidates, the criteria for assessment, matters related to the examiners and the appeal process.
Each examination panel is comprised of three Fellows of the College, one will act as Chair. The panels will be selected by the Chief Examiner and coordinated by the Fellowship Program Manager.
The Chief Examiner and Fellowship Program Manager will aim to have a balance in the composition of the examination panels in terms of gender, geography, professional backgrounds, and experience in examining Fellowship Candidates.
Examination panel members will not be from the ACHSM Branch to which the Candidate belongs and asked to declare any conflicts of interest in examining Candidates allocated to the examination panel of which they are a member.
The domains of practice, assessable attributes, skills, behaviour and knowledge of a senior health services manager are detailed in the Competency Framework provided in Appendix 4.
A rubric is a coherent set of criteria for candidates' work that includes descriptions of the levels of performance against the requirements that have been set down.
Rubrics have two major elements. These elements are:
You will notice the two elements in the rubric shown below which examiners will use during the Fellowship examination.
Candidates should consider the requirements laid down in the rubric when crafting responses to the questions from that will be put by examination panel members during the examination. Further information regarding the RUBRIC is available on the ACHSM Fellowship site. The pass mark for the Fellowship Exam is 75. To qualify for a re-examination, Candidates must achieve an overall score in the range of 70-74.9.
Every examiner will meet the following criteria:
Role of the panel chair please refer to page 8 of the Fellowship Manual
Please refer to page 8 of the Fellowship Manual
The processes for the examinations are as follows:
The question(s) required for resit are determined by the question or questions that the Candidate demonstrated the lowest scored question(s) in original examination. The resit questions may be those used in the original examination or may be a different question sampling the same area as the ones in the original examination.
Examinations are conducted according to the principle that responses must reflect the application of knowledge to the professional practice of health services management. Candidates should not rely on health service management practices that may apply or be appropriate to a particular organisation, location, or clinical service. Candidates must demonstrate their capacity to apply their attributes, skills, and knowledge across the broader health service management field. Candidates with a strong clinical or non-clinical background with relatively narrow career histories should broaden their approach to reflect the application of knowledge to the wider professional practice of health services management.
All panel members may ask supplementary or exploratory questions where further information is required or where the Candidate appears to have taken the question out of context. Examiners should regard these additional questions as designed to assist them in addressing the question the candidate is answering and not as a further question. Candidates are encouraged to add supplementary information at any time and to ask for clarification from the examination panel about any question.
Candidates may exhibit strong skills and knowledge in some areas and may be less developed in other areas by virtue of their education, background, and career experiences. However, knowledge of the subject areas is applied equally to all Candidates, regardless of background experience.
For successful Candidates, confirmation of appointment as a Fellow is subject to final endorsement by the ACHSM Board, which generally takes place at the Board meeting prior to the Congress. The successful Candidates will then have their Fellowship conferred at the ACHSM Annual General Meeting, which usually occurs the day of the Board meeting.
Every Candidate who receives an ‘unsuccessful’ outcome following a first or second examination has the opportunity to appeal their examination results. Please refer to the Fellowship Manual on pages 10-12.
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