The Centre for Rural Health has recently completed a collaborative qualitative study of trainees who recently sat the RANZCO Advanced Clinical Examination (RACE) and supervisors with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) to explore their views of the RACE and identify barriers and enablers to examination success. Failure on RACE has the potential to create bottlenecks in workforce growth for ophthalmology which must be avoided given the anticipated shortage of ophthalmologists predicted towards the end of this decade.
Overall, the study found a myriad of reasons for trainee failure on the RACE; these have been summarised in the report. The study identified some key areas for improvement to promote trainee success on the RACE and the findings support steps being undertaken by RANZCO to improve trainee preparation, examination design and delivery.
For further information regarding the outcomes of the study, the final report can be publicly accessed via the link below.