From Psychiatry Trainee to Consultant Psychiatrist – Stages of Training for the RANZCP Exams

Posted on February 22, 2016

Dr. Sanil Rege is a Consultant Psychiatrist and founder of Psych Scene, a platform to enhance psychiatry education and Vita Healthcare, providing high quality mental health care services to the public. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK). His clinical and research interests include psychosis, depression, anxiety, post- traumatic stress disorders, and personality disorders.

Author Quotes : 

It is highly likely that many of you at some point will enter private practice… as a trainee speaking from experience… we get very little training to equip oneself for private practice in the future.

You can see why knowing this now will help you down the track because if you start thinking about things,-what’s happening with mental health with regards to the budget, how will that affect mental health? How will that affect training, how will that affect patients?

Summary : 

This video takes you through the stages of RANZCP Training and what you need to know at each stage. The exams are simply a step on the path to a bigger and brighter future.

Dr Sanil Rege begins by explaining what’s behind the different stages of training and demonstrates which skills are being tested at each stage.


Discussing how to approach the scholarly report, Dr. Rege advises writing a case series, and to put this in place at the beginning. He provides guidance on what is required at each stage of your training, and reveals a common error made by candidates in the essay question.

Take Home Messages : 

  1. The skills learned in stages 1-3 of your training will help you transition into private practice more easily.
  2. The MEQ is a very clinically-focused exam and experience of working in different settings is recommended
  3. The essay requires a broad knowledge which should include the political sphere, social, and cultural aspects in addition to clinical experience.

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