Fellowship

Overview

The AIMS Fellowship is an attractive and highly competitive option to academic post graduate degrees. The Fellowship is recognised by the Department of Health and Ageing for meeting the requirements for supervision of category GX and GY laboratories.

Qualification for the Fellowship is by EXAMINATION in one of the following disciplines:

Enrolment into the Fellowship programme is open to applicants who have been full Members of AIMS for at least two years and who meet certain other criteria.

The Fellowship Programme involves four (4) stages and each stage must be successfully completed before progressing to the next stage.

Examinations
Examinations for Module I and III will be conducted in June each year with applications closing at the end of February.

Examinations for Modules II and IV will be conducted in November each year with applications closing at the end of July.

A message from the Chair of the Examinations Council

The Fellowship has been updated and provides a flexible staged process towards completion of the programme.

A modular structure has been developed comprising two compulsory and two elective modules to be completed for each discipline. For the General/Core Laboratory discipline the four modules are compulsory. Considerable flexibility is provided to the study format, subject modules that can be selected, and the time-frame for completing the programme. Mentoring arrangements are made as required for each candidate.

The programme also retains a viva voce examination. A dissertation may not be required at the end stage if, during the previous five years, the candidate has published a paper in a relevant peer reviewed journal or successfully completed a research degree thesis approved by the Examinations Council.

The new model provides for Members to undertake any module without formally entering the Fellowship programme. APACE certificates are awarded and 40 APACE points accrued for successfully completed modules; compulsory modules completed attract advanced standing for subsequent enrolment into the Fellowship programme within a five year period.

The Fellowship provides an attractive and highly competitive option to academic post graduate degrees at a fraction of the cost. The Fellowship is recognised by the National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council of the Department of Health and Ageing as meeting the requirements for supervision of category GX and GY laboratories.

See below for the regulations, modules and curricula, and enrolment and examination application forms.

I encourage Members to consider the new Fellowship as the preferred option for advancing their knowledge and career prospects.

Barry Gormley
Chair, Examinations Council

Fellowship Regulations

To view the Fellowship Regulations click here.

Stage 1

The candidate must complete the two (2) Compulsory modules in their chosen discipline. Each module requires a three (3) hour examination. Each examination will contain a mixture of short answer questions and essay style questions. In some examinations, clinical and laboratory management case based scenarios will be included in the question mix.

Stage 2

The candidate must then complete two (2) of the elective modules in their chosen discipline. Each module requires a three (3) hour examination.

Each examination will contain a mixture of short answer questions (5 minutes) and essay style questions (30 minutes). In some examinations, clinical and laboratory management case based scenarios will be included in the question mix.

Stage 3

The candidate must then undertake a viva voce examination. This will not be related to the candidate’s written examinations alone and will present practical and clinical case material and/or scenarios to examine the breadth and depth of a candidate’s knowledge and experience at a practical level.

Stage 4

The candidate must present one of the following:

i) a scientific dissertation; or

ii) a successful research degree thesis completed within the last two years (eg Honours, Masters, PhD); or

iii) a paper published in a relevant peer reviewed journal, provided the candidate is the primary author and the paper has been published within the previous two years.

Enrolment

To enrol in the Fellowship programme please complete this application form and return to us.

Examinations

To apply to sit the next Fellowship examination please complete this application form and return to us.

  • Examinations for Module I and III will be conducted in June each year.
  • Examinations for Modules II and IV will be conducted in November each year.
  • Venues and dates for Viva Vice Examinations will be determined by the Examinations Council.

Policy on Misconduct

Sample Examination Papers

Contact us

If you would like further information on the fellowship please contact us on +61 7 3876 2988 or via email: programs@aims.org.au

If you would like to enrol in the fellowship please click here to print an application form.

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