Medical Training Review Panel: fourteenth report

Medical College Training Requirements

Page last updated: 11 March 2011

Consolidated Summary Tables

Table B1: Summary of specialty training requirements and entry time, 2009

College/Faculty/Training organisationTraining 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, depending on prior specialist training and experience (minimum 50% commitment of full-time)

1–2 years of structured training in Faculty Accredited Unit full-time equivalent

1 elective year full-time equivalent

Can enter during specialty training
Australasian 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 comprise 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
College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand (CICM)3 years basic training full-time

3 years advanced training full-time

Can enter after completing PGY1
Joint Training Program in Intensive Care Medicine

– College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand (CICM) and Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)
3 years basic training full-time and assessments (including Written and Clinical Examinations)

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 Physicians

– Adult Medicine (RACP-AM)
3 years basic training full- time and assessments (including Written and Clinical Examinations)

3 or more years advanced training full-time

Can enter after completing PGY1
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Paediatrics and Child Health (RACP-PCH)
3 years basic training full- time and assessments (including Written and Clinical Examinations)

3 or more years advanced training full-time

Can enter after completing PGY1
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (RACP-AFOEM)
4 years full-time

Can enter after completing 3 years general clinical experience
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (RACP-AFPHM)
3 years full-time

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 Physicians

– Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (RACP-AFRM)
Adult Rehabilitation Medicine
4 years full-time

Can enter after completing PGY2

Paediatric Rehabilitation Medicine

3 years basic training full-time (with the RACHPCH)

3 years advanced training full-time

Can enter after completing PGY1
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Chapter of Palliative Medicine
3 years full-time

Can 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 Physicians

– Chapter of Addiction Medicine
3 years full-time

Can 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 Physicians

– Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine
3 years full-time

Can 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 Radiologists

– Radiodiagnosis (RANZCRR)
5 years full-time

Can enter after completing PGY1 and PGY2 years
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists

– Faculty of Radiation Oncology
(RANZCR-FRO)
5 years full-time

Can enter after completing PGY1 and PGY2 years
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 areas:

  • 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

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Table B2: Summary of specialty part-time training requirements, 2009

College/Faculty/Training organisationRequirements for part-time training
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 Dermatologists Minimum 50% of full-time commitment

Must result in FTE time
Australasian College for Emergency MedicineMinimum 50% of full-time commitment

Must result in FTE time
Royal Australian College of General PractitionersApproval on a case-by-case basis

Approval provided by regional training providers
College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand (CICM)Minimum 20% of full-time commitment

Must result in FTE time
Joint Training Program in Intensive Care Medicine

– College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand (CICM) and Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)
Minimum 20% of full-time commitment

Must 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
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Adult Medicine Division
A minimum of 2 years of the complete training program be full-time

Any 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 Physicians

– Paediatrics and Child Health
A minimum 2 years of the complete training program must be full time.

Recommended that two thirds of the 3 year basic training program be full time and continuous

Any 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 Physicians

– Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Minimum 50% of full-time commitment

Must result in FTE time
Royal Australasian College of Physicians
– Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine
Minimum 20% of full-time commitment

Must result in FTE time

Training must be completed within 7 years
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
Minimum 50% of full-time commitment

Must result in FTE time

Complete within 8 years
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Chapter of Palliative Medicine
Minimum 20% of full-time commitment

Complete within 7 years with a minimum average of 0.5 FTE
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Chapter of Addiction Medicine
Minimum 50% of full-time commitment

Complete within 7 years
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine
Minimum 20% of full-time commitment

Complete within 7 years
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 Radiologists

– Radiodiagnosis
Minimum 50% of full-time commitment

Must result in minimum of .5 FTE time
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists

– Faculty of Radiation Oncology
Minimum 50% of full-time commitment

Must result in minimum of .4 FTE time
Australian College of Rural and Remote MedicineMinimum 50% of full-time commitment

Approval provided by training providers
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 specialty interrupted training requirements, 2009

College/Faculty/Training organisationRequirements for interrupted training
Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and Faculty of Pain MedicineConsidered on an individual basis.
Australasian College of Dermatologists Considered on an individual basis
Australasian College for Emergency MedicineAllowed up to 2 years and possibly beyond this, depending upon circumstances
General Practice Education and Training

– Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

– Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
Allowed up to a maximum of 2 years
College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand (CICM)Allowed

Advanced 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
Joint Training Program in Intensive Care Medicine

College of Intensive Care Medicine and Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Allowed

Advanced training can 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 the Part I examination then the Part I examination must be sat and passed again
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Adult Medicine Division
Allowed up to 2 years in one continuous period
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Paediatrics and Child Health
Allowed up to 2 years in one continuous period
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Considered on an individual basis, but usually no more than 2 years
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine
Allowed up to 1 year deferral at a time, with a maximum of 2 years deferment

Training must be completed within 7 years

Deferral from training due to maternity/paternity leave is not included in the 7 year limit for completion of training.
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
Allowed up to 2 years

Training must be completed within 6 years (8 years for part-time trainees)
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Chapter of Palliative Medicine
Allowed up to 2 years in one continuous period
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Chapter of Addiction Medicine
Allowed up to 2 years in one continuous period
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine
Allowed up to 2 years in one continuous period
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 review of overall training and assessment
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists
– Radiodiagnosis
Allowed
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists

– Faculty of Radiation Oncology
Allowed
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