Medical Training Review Panel: fourteenth report

College Fellows

Page last updated: 11 March 2011

In 2009, there were 45,092 medical practitioners who were fellows of medical colleges (Table 4.39). Of these, 14,324 or 31.8% were female.

Overall new fellows represented 5.3% of all college fellows. This proportion varied greatly across specialties, with the largest proportions in intensive care (11.4%) and emergency medicine (7.4%). This is only the second year in which data on college fellows has been included in the report, so it not possible to determine any sustained trends. However, significant increases in vocational training numbers in recent years for both these specialties (refer to Table 4.19) indicates that there is. Though it should be noted that adult medicine, paediatrics and psychiatry have also significantly increased their training numbers without this being reflected in the proportional numbers of new fellows.

Table 4.39: Fellows: Total, number and proportion of females, and new fellows by medical specialty, 2009

Medical specialtyFellowsFemalesProportion female (%)New fellows 2009New fellows as proportion of all fellows (%)
Addiction medicine
171
43
25.1
6
3.5
Adult medicine(a)
6,765
1,716
25.4
397
5.9
Anaesthesia
3,197
781
24.4
197
6.2
Anaesthesia – Pain medicine
191
36
18.8
9
4.7
Dermatology
434
157
36.2
11
2.5
Emergency medicine
1,106
317
28.7
82
7.4
General practice

– RACGP
– ACRRM


14,748
1,356


6,422
270


43.5
19.9


928
40


6.3
2.9
Intensive care
554
80
14.4
63
11.4
Medical administration
441
108
24.5
1
0.2
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
1,696
592
34.9
74
4.4
Occupational and Environmental medicine
323
58
18.0
11
3.4
Ophthalmology
784
136
17.3
11
1.4
Paediatrics(a)
2,013
849
42.2
116
5.8
Palliative medicine
210
99
47.1
3
1.4
Pathology
1,488
531
35.7
64
4.3
Psychiatry
2,741
928
33.9
125
4.6
Public health medicine
799
292
36.5
12
1.5
Radiation oncology
253
89
35.2
18
7.1
Radiodiagnosis
1,457
332
22.8
44
3.0
Rehabilitation medicine
323
124
38.4
13
4.0
Sexual health medicine
130
61
46.9
2
1.5
Surgery
3,912
303
7.7
174
4.4
Total
45,092
14,324
31.8
2,401
5.3

(a) Includes fellows based in New Zealand

Source: Medical colleges

Overall, the distribution of fellows across states and territories roughly mirrors the distribution of the population as a whole (Table 4.40).

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Table 4.40: Fellows by medical specialty and state/territory, 2009

Medical specialtyNSWVicQldSAWATasNTACTAust
Addiction medicine
70
32
30
14
14
7
1
3
171
Adult medicine
1,851
1,589
871
471
456
112
32
121
5,503
Anaesthesia
983
817
653
280
302
90
23
49
3,197
Anaesthesia – Pain medicine
65
33
36
23
26
7
0
1
191
Dermatology
179
107
72
40
36
0
0
0
434
Emergency medicine
301
313
232
67
134
29
11
19
1,106
General practice

– RACGP
– ACRRM


3,965
406


3,329
232


2,845
324


1,124
183


1,371
120


386
28


139
28


252
19


(a)14,748
1,340
Intensive care
180
126
115
53
48
12
5
15
554
Medical administration
123
83
93
22
32
5
4
20
382
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
441
368
286
114
112
32
12
24
1,389
Occupational and
Environmental medicine
80
64
32
24
34
6
0
15
255
Ophthalmology
300
196
132
59
67
14
3
13
784
Paediatrics
545
385
276
128
171
22
30
26
1,583
Palliative medicine
78
44
38
16
18
12
2
2
210
Pathology
537
322
264
126
161
36
5
37
1,488
Psychiatry
865
779
470
271
238
55
13
50
2,741
Public health medicine
190
106
88
39
56
19
28
40
566
Radiation oncology
90
75
47
16
13
5
0
7
253
Radiodiagnosis
476
389
253
131
170
34
2
24
1,479
Rehabilitation medicine
163
91
27
22
7
6
2
5
323
Sexual health medicine
56
28
22
7
7
2
1
7
130
Surgery(b)
1,317
1,030
724
343
334
80
19
65
3,912
Total (c)
13,261
10,538
7,930
3,573
3,927
999
360
814
42,739
Proportion of total (%)
31.0
24.7
18.6
8.4
9.2
2.3
0.8
1.9
100.0
Population proportion (%)(d)
32.5
24.8
20.2
7.4
10.2
2.3
1.0
1.6
100.0

(a) Includes fellows based overseas.
(b) Includes Australian active fellows only. Total active fellows for the college was 4,937.
(c) Total differs to total in Table 4.37 as fellows residing overseas are not included.
(d) Population data from ABS, Australian Demographic Statistics, 2009 (Cat.no. 3101.0), Canberra

Source: Medical colleges

The distribution of female fellows by states and territories follows a similar pattern to the distribution of all fellows (Table 4.41).

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Table 4.41: Female fellows by medical specialty and state/territory, 2009

Medical specialtyNSWVicQldSAWATasNTACTAust
Addiction medicine
20
5
9
2
4
1
1
1
43
Adult medicine
471
451
212
104
102
29
7
33
1,409
Anaesthesia
243
194
173
59
72
18
10
11
780
Anaesthesia –
Pain medicine
13
6
6
6
4
1
0
0
36
Dermatology
70
38
24
18
7
0
0
0
157
Emergency medicine
91
95
60
21
35
6
5
4
317
General practice

– RACGP
– ACRRM


1,770
72


1,476
43


1,223
70


461
37


599
23


180
9


78
9


137
4


(a)6,422
267
Intensive care
29
17
13
7
6
0
3
5
80
Medical administration
33
22
19
6
4
1
3
5
93
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
122
149
88
43
38
10
7
9
466
Occupational and Environmental medicine
19
16
5
3
4
1
0
0
48
Ophthalmology
58
41
14
8
9
3
1
2
136
Paediatrics
224
168
112
44
81
5
19
13
666
Palliative medicine
44
18
15
8
8
4
2
0
99
Pathology
198
109
87
45
56
17
0
19
531
Psychiatry
280
254
165
100
86
18
5
20
928
Public health medicine
73
33
31
13
18
4
14
13
199
Radiation oncology
35
23
18
3
5
1
0
4
89
Radiodiagnosis
103
88
49
42
40
7
0
3
332
Rehabilitation medicine
64
39
8
7
3
3
0
0
124
Sexual health medicine
25
17
7
1
5
2
0
4
61
Surgery(b)
98
91
50
30
24
7
0
3
303
Total (c)
4,155
3,393
2,458
1,068
1,233
327
164
290
13,586

(a) Includes fellows based overseas.
(b) Includes Australian female fellows only. Total active female fellows for the college was 385.
(c) Total number differs to total in Table 4.37 as fellows residing overseas are not included.

Source: Medical colleges

Fellows by Subspecialty – Selected Colleges

Data on fellows for pathology and surgery subspecialties are presented in Tables 4.42 and 4.43 respectively.

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Pathology Subspecialties

Table 4.42: Pathology fellows by subspecialty: Total, females and proportion of females, 2009

SubspecialtyFellowsFemale fellowsProportion female (%)
Anatomical pathology
657
282
42.9
Chemical pathology
71
16
22.5
Forensic pathology
33
11
33.3
General pathology
97
13
13.4
Genetics
12
5
41.7
Haematology
365
128
35.1
Immunology
82
17
20.7
Microbiology
171
59
34.5
Total
1,488
531
35.7

Source: RCPA

Surgical Subspecialties

Table 4.43: Surgical fellows by subspecialty: Total, females and proportion of females, 2009

SubspecialtyFellowsFemale fellowsProportion female (%)
Cardiothoracic surgery
149
8
5.4
General surgery
1,323
141
10.7
Neurosurgery
186
21
11.3
Orthopaedic surgery
1,021
28
2.7
Otolaryngology, head and neck surgery
358
27
7.5
Paediatric surgery
81
15
18.5
Plastic and reconstructive surgery
332
35
10.5
Urology
311
19
6.1
Vascular surgery
151
9
6.0
Total(a)
3,912
303
7.7

(a) Includes Australian fellows only. Total active fellows for the college was 4,937. Total active female fellows for the College was 385.

Source: RACS