Medical Training Review Panel: fifteenth report

Accredited Training

Page last updated: 15 March 2012

Tables 4.1 and 4.2 present data on basic and advanced accredited training available in 2010. Medical colleges differ in their approaches to accrediting training. The majority of medical colleges accredit positions or posts. For some of these all positions or posts will be filled, while for others the number of accredited positions/posts equates with the possible number of trainees that could occupy the identified places available at the beginning of the year. Just three colleges (ACEM, CICM and RANZCP) now only accredit facilities, including hospitals and other sites, to undertake training, or accredit programs that can be run in a number of sites.

Data on the number of positions or posts and facilities or programs that have been accredited to undertake training are reported in Table 4.1 for those colleges where basic training is a requirement. All medical colleges provide some form of accredited advanced training. These data are presented in Table 4.2.

Table 4.1: Basic training: Positions/posts and facilities/programs by medical specialty(a), 2011

(a) Data is at 30 June 2011.
(b) This number does not include accredited units at satellite hospitals.
(c) As the college was introducing a new accreditation process in 2011, the number of accreditation activities undertaken in 2010 was less than usual.

Source: Medical colleges

Medical specialtyCollege
Accreditation approach
Positions/PostsFacilities/Programs
Adult medicine RACP
1,951
..
AnaesthesiaANZCA
..
(b)105
DermatologyACD
44
29
Emergency medicineACEM
785
..
General practice RACGP
(c)1,192
..
ACRRM
422
..
Intensive careCICM
109
Obstetrics and GynaecologyRANZCOG
..
85
OphthalmologyRANZCO
53
..
Paediatrics RACP
530
..
PsychiatryRANZCP
..
19
Table 4.2: Advanced training: Positions/Posts and facilities/programs by medical specialty(a), 2011

(a) Data is at 30 June 2011.
(b) In addition, there are 51 secondment sites, which are not formally accredited. These figures are subject to change as sites are accredited.
(c) This number does not include accredited units at satellite hospitals.
(d) This is the number of accreditiation activities undertaken.
(e) RACMA has a number of candidates who are not required to undertake supervised training as they are on the Accelerated Pathway to Fellowship.
(f) RANZCOG advanced training positions not officially accredited other than prospective approval of the post.
(g) RANZCO advanced training comprises years 3, 4 and 5. The figure of 55 is trainees in years 3 and 4. These trainees must be in accredited posts. Trainees in year 5 (final year) do not have to be in accredited posts – instead they must have an individual program of training approved which is specific to their training needs or interests. This is often a fellowship position in Australia or overseas.
(h) In addition, there are 67 secondment sites, which are not formally accredited. These figures are subject to change as sites are accredited.
(i) Only includes trainees fully registered with both colleges.
(j) RACS does not differentiate between basic and advanced surgical trainees, as the surgical program is an integrated program (SET).
(k) Total number of surgical training posts is 1,167, including 966 Australian, 180 New Zealand and 21 overseas.
(l) Each surgical specialty has a designated SET program therefore there are 9 programs for the 9 specialties.

Source: Medical colleges

Medical specialtyCollege
Accreditation approach
Positions/PostsFacilities/Programs
Addiction medicineRACP
13
..
Adult medicine RACP
..
(b)110
AnaesthesiaANZCA
..
(c)107
Anaesthesia - Pain medicineANZCA
..
21
DermatologyACD
54
38
Emergency medicineACEM
..
113
General practice RACGP
(d)442
..
ACRRM
45
..
Intensive careCICM
..
97
Medical administrationRACMA
(e)80
..
Obstetrics and Gynaecology(f)RANZCOG
143
..
Occupational and Environmental medicine RACP
80
..
Ophthalmology(g)RANZCO
55
..
Paediatrics RACP
..
(h)14
Palliative medicineRACP
..
61
Pathology(i)RCPA
314
287
Pathology and RACP (jointly)(i)RCPA/RACP
173
..
PsychiatryRANZCP
..
61
Public health medicineRACP
72
..
Radiation oncologyRANZCR
137
38
RadiodiagnosisRANZCR
366
128
Rehabilitation medicineRACP
173
98
Sexual health medicineRACP
30
..
Sport and exercise medicineACSP
27
27
Surgery(j)RACS
(k)966
(l)9