Medical Training Review Panel: thirteenth report

Medical College Training Requirements

Page last updated: April 2010

Appendix B provides summary information about each medical college’s training requirements.

The training requirements for vocational trainees vary between colleges. Tables B1 to B3 provide a consolidated summary of the length of vocational training and training program entry requirements, as well as the guidelines for part-time training and interrupted training.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this appendix is correct at the time of publication and relevant for the data period that the report covers. However, these requirements change over time, and information should be checked with the relevant college or training organisation if current information is required. Website contact details for each college or training organisation are provided in the summaries for the colleges below.

In order to improve general understanding of medical college training requirements, the MTRP has decided to use common language in describing each college training program. Accordingly, the descriptors used in this summary may vary from the information provided by the individual college, faculty or vocational training organisation.

Table B1: Summary of medical college/faculty training and entry time, 2008

College/Faculty

Training requirements

Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA)5 years full-time (2 years basic, 3 years advanced)
Can enter after completing PGY1, but may not accredit any training time until completion of PGY2.
Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists - Faculty of Pain Medicine (ANZCA-FPM)1-3 years part-time, depending on prior specialist training and experience (minimum 50% commitment of full-time)
Can enter during specialty training
Australian College of Dermatologists (ACD)5 years full-time - trainees who pass both written and clinical fellowship examinations and satisfy all other training requirements in their fourth year are not required to undertake a fifth year of training
Can enter after completing PGY2
Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM)2 years basic training full-time (which can compromise PGY1 and PGY2)
1 year provisional training full-time equivalent
4 years advanced training full-time equivalent
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)3 years full-time
Optional 4th year for Advanced Skills training and for academic post
Can enter after completing PGY1, with most entering after PGY2
Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine3 year basic training full time
Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and Royal Australasian College of Physicians (JFICM)3 years advanced training full-time
Can enter after completing PGY1
Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA)3 years full-time
Can enter after 3 years clinical experience
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG)6 years full time
Years 1-4 in the Integrated Training Program
Years 5-6 in the Elective Program
Can enter after completing PGY1
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO)5 years full-time
Can enter after completing PGY2
Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA)5 years full-time
Can enter after completing PGY1
Royal Australasian College of Physicians3 years basic training full-time
Adult Medicine Division (RACP-AMD)3 or more years advanced training full-time
Can enter after completing PGY1
Royal Australasian College of Physicians3 years basic training full-time
Paediatrics and Child Health (RACPPCH)3 or more years advanced training full-time
Can enter after completing PGY1
Royal Australasian College of Physicians4 years full-time
Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (RACPAFOEM)Can enter after completing 3 years general clinical experience
Royal Australasian College of Physicians3 years full-time
Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (RACP-AFPHM)Can enter after completing at least 3 years of postgraduate medical experience and completion of, or enrolment in, a Masters of Public Health Medicine (or comparable degree), which includes the faculty's core discipline areas
Royal Australasian College of Physicians4 years full time
Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (RACP-AFRM)Can enter after completing PGY2
Royal Australasian College of Physicians3 years full-time
Chapter of Palliative MedicineCan enter with fellowship of a faculty or college approved by the Chapter or completion of FRACP basic training, including written and clinical examinations.
Royal Australasian College of Physicians3 years full-time
Chapter of Addiction MedicineCan enter with fellowship of a faculty or college approved by the Chapter or completion of FRACP basic training, including written and clinical examinations
Royal Australasian College of Physicians3 years full-time
Chapter of Sexual Health MedicineCan enter with fellowship of a faculty or college approved by the Chapter or completion of FRACP basic training, including written and clinical examinations.
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP)5 years full-time, which comprises 3 years basic training and 2 years advanced training
Optional additional advanced training certificate programs in addiction, adult, child and adolescent, consultation-liaison, old age, psychotherapy and forensic psychiatry
Can enter after completing PGY1
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists5 years full-time
Radiodiagnosis (RANZCRR)Can enter after completing 2 years of basic training
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists5 years full-time
Faculty of Radiation Oncology (RANZCR-FRO)Can enter after completing 2 years of basic training
Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)4 years full-time
Can enter after completing PGY1
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)5-6 years full-time
Can apply from PGY2 to commence in PGY3
Surgical Education and Training (SET) occurs in nine specialty ares:
  • General surgery - 5 years full-time
  • Cardiothoracic surgery - 6 years full-time
  • Neurosurgery - 6 years full-time including 1 year of full-time research
  • Orthopaedic surgery - 5 years full-time Otolaryngology head and neck surgery - 5 years full-time
  • Paediatric surgery - 6 years full-time
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery - 5 years full-time
  • Urology - 6 years full-time
  • Vascular surgery - 5 years full-time

Source: Medical colleges and GPET



Table B2: Summary of medical college/faculty part-time training requirements, 2008

College/Faculty

Requirements for part-time training requirements, 2008

Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and Faculty of Pain MedicineMinimum 50% of full-time commitment
Must result in FTE time
Australasian College of DermatologistsMinimum 50% of full-time commitment
Must result in FTE time
Australiasian College for Emergency MedicineMinimum 50% of full-time commitment
Must result in FTE time
Royal Australian College of General PractitionersMinimum three sessions per week
General Practice Education and TrainingApproval provided by regional training providers and College censors
Joint Faculty of Intensive Care MedicineMinimum 20% of full-time commitment
Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and Royal Australasian College of PhysiciansMust result in FTE time
Royal Australasian College of Medical AdministratorsMust result in FTE time
Complete within 6 years
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and GynaecologistsMinimum 50% of full-time commitment
First year of training must be full-time
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of OphthalmologistsApproved on a case-by-case basis
Royal College of Pathologists of AustralasiaMinimum 8 hours per week/20% of full-time commitment
Minimum 2 years of the complete training program must be full-time
Royal Australasian College of PhysiciansA minimum of 2 years of the complete training program be full-time
Adult Medicine DivisionAny part-time training must be to a minimum of 20% FTE
Basic training must be completed within 7 years
Advanced training must be completed within 7 years
Royal Australasian College of PhysiciansA minimum 2 years of the complete training program must be full time.
Paediatrics and Child HealthRecommended that two thirds of the 3 year basic training program be full time and continuous.
Any part-time training must be a minimum of 20% FTE
Basic training must be completed within 7 years
Advanced training must be completed within 7 years
Royal Australasian College of PhysiciansMinimum 50% of full-time commitment
Australasian Faculty of Occupational & Environmental MedicineMust result in FTE time
Royal Australasian College of PhysiciansMinimum 20% full-time commitment
Australasian Faculty of Public Health MedicineMust result in FTE time
Royal Australasian College of PhysiciansMinimum 50% of full-time commitment
Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation MedicineMust result in FTE time
Complete within 8 years
Royal Australasian College of PhysiciansMinimum 20% of full-time commitment
Chapter of Palliative MedicineComplete within 7 years with a minimum average of 0.5 FTE
Royal Australasian College of PhysiciansMinimum 50% of full-time commitment
Chapter of Addiction Medicine
Royal Australasian College of PhysiciansMinimum 20% of full-time commitment
Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of PsychiatristsMinimum 50% of full-time commitment, although in rare instances part time training at less than 50% of full time commitment may be approved for Advanced Training post-Fellowship
Must result in FTE time
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of RadiologistsMinimum 50% of full-time commitment
RadiodiagnosisMust result in FTE time
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of RadiologistsMinimum 50% of full-time commitment
Faculty of Radiation OncologyMust result in FTE time
Australian College of Rural and Remote MedicineAllowed, providing a minimum of three sessions per week maintained
Minimum 50% of full-time commitment
Royal Australasian College of SurgeonsTrainees on a SET Program who wish to apply for part-time training must apply to the relevant Specialty Board at least 6 months prior to the proposed commencement of the part-time training
The overall duration of the training program must not exceed the published expected minimum duration of training plus 4 years

Source: Medical colleges and GPET



Table B3: Summary of medical college/faculty interrupted training requirements, 2008

College/Faculty

Requirements for interrupted training

Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and Faculty of Pain MedicineConsidered on an individual basis
Australian College of DermatologistsConsidered on an individual basis
Australian College for Emergency MedicineAllowed up to 2 years and possibly beyond this, depending upon circumstances
General Practice Education and TrainingAllowed up to a maximum of 2 years
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Joint Faculty of Intensive Care MedicineAllowed
Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and Royal Australasian College of PhysiciansAdvanced training must include at least 2 years interrupted only by normal holiday or short term (eg. study, conference) leave
If training is interrupted for between 1 and 2 years, there must be a minimum of 1 core advanced training year as part of subsequent training
If training is interrupted for between 2 and 4 years, 2 advanced training years, including one core year must be completed as part of subsequent training
If training is interrupted for 4 years or more, 2 core training years must be completed as part of subsequent training
Royal Australasian College of Medical AdministratorsAllowed
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and GynaecologistsAllowed up to 2 years without loss of credit for previous training
Training must be completed within 11 years
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of OphthalmologistsConsidered on an individual basis
Royal College of Pathologists of AustralasiaAllowed - no limit is placed on the time taken to complete training, but if the final Part II examination has not been passed within 5 years of passing Part I examination then the Part I examination must be sat and passed again
Royal Australasian College of PhysiciansAllowed up to 2 years
Adult Medicine Division
Royal Australasian College of PhysiciansAllowed up to 2 years
Paediatrics and Child Health
Royal Australiasian College of PhysiciansConsidered on an individual basis, but usually no more than 2 years
Australasian Faculty of Occupantional & Environmental Medicine
Royal Australasian College of PhysiciansAllowed up to 1 year deferral at a time, with a maximum of 2 years deferment
Australasian Faculty of Public Health MedicineTraining must be completed within 7 years
Extensions relating to maternity leave may be granted
Royal Australasian College of PhysiciansAllowed up to 2 years
Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation MedicineTraining must be completed within 6 years (8 years for part-time trainees)
Royal Australasian College of PhysiciansAllowed up to 2 years
Chapter of Palliative Medicine
Royal Australasian College of PhysiciansAllowed up to 2 years
Chapter of Addiction Medicine
Royal Australasian College of PhysiciansAllowed up to 2 years
Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of PsychiatristsAllowed
Basic Training must be completed within 8 years or may need to repeat or complete the training experiences lapsed
Advanced Training must be completed within 6 years or may result in a review of overall training and assessment.
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of RadiologistsAllowed
Radiodiagnosis
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of RadiologistsAllowed
Faculty of Radiation Oncology
Australian College of Rural and Remote MedicineAllowed - generally for up to 12 months
Longer periods by negotiation with the college
Royal Australasian College of SurgeonsWith the exception of leave for medical or family reasons, trainees cannot apply for leave in the first 6 months of their training program
Trainees on a SET Program who wish to interrupt their training must apply to the relevant Specialty Board at least 6 months prior to the proposed commencement of the training year in which the interruption will commence
Trainees applying for interruption due to medical reasons may do so at any time if supported by medical evidence

Source: Medical colleges and GPET