Medical Training Review Panel: fifteenth report

College Fellows

Page last updated: 15 March 2012

In 2010, there were 44,735 medical practitioners who were fellows of medical colleges (Table 4.50). One third (14,528 or 32.5%) were female.

Overall new fellows represented 5.4% of all college fellows. This proportion varied greatly across specialties, with the largest proportions of new fellows continuing to be in intensive care (10.3%) and also in pathology for those completing joint programs with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) in haematology, immunopathology, endocrinology/chemical pathology and microbiology/infectious diseases.

Table 4.50: Fellows: Total, number and proportion of females, and new fellows and proportion of all fellows by medical specialty, 2010

(a) Australian fellows and new fellows only.

Source: Medical colleges

Medical specialtyFellowsFemalesProportion female (%)New fellows 2010New fellows as a proportion of all fellows (%)
Addiction medicine
164
41
25.0
3
1.8
Adult medicine
6,284
1,518
24.2
346
5.5
Anaesthesia
3,425
861
25.1
243
7.1
Anaesthesia – Pain medicine
212
42
19.8
17
8.0
Dermatology
390
154
39.5
26
6.7
Emergency medicine
1,134
328
28.9
77
6.8
General practice
– RACGP
14,651
6,713
45.8
835
5.7
– ACRRM
1,352
264
19.5
28
2.1
Intensive care
584
87
14.9
60
10.3
Medical administration
299
83
27.8
18
6.0
Obstetrics and Gynaecology(a)
1,492
540
36.2
83
5.6
Occupational and Environmental medicine
245
46
18.8
5
2.0
Ophthalmology
796
138
17.3
26
3.3
Paediatrics
1,723
705
40.9
91
5.3
Palliative medicine
181
80
44.2
6
3.3
Pathology
1,379
495
35.9
63
4.6
Pathology and RACP (jointly)
225
102
45.3
31
13.8
Psychiatry
2,949
1,024
34.7
154
5.2
Public health medicine
725
276
38.1
15
2.1
Radiation oncology
269
96
35.7
13
4.8
Radiodiagnosis
1,562
380
24.3
54
3.5
Rehabilitation medicine
354
144
40.7
22
6.2
Sexual health medicine
111
53
47.7
0
0
Sport and exercise medicine
140
23
16.4
1
0.7
Surgery
4,089
335
8.2
184
4.5
Total
44,735
14,528
32.5
2,401
5.4

Overall, the distribution of fellows across states and territories mirrored the distribution of the population as a whole (Table 4.51).

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Table 4.51: Fellows by medical specialty and state/territory, 2010

(a) Population data from ABS. 3101.0 – Australian Demographic Statistics, Mar 2011. Released 29/09/2011.

Source: Medical colleges

Medical specialtyNSWVicQldSAWATasNTACTAust
Addiction medicine
67
31
30
13
13
8
1
1
164
Adult medicine
2,171
1,797
960
529
527
127
34
139
6,284
Anaesthesia
1,052
865
707
303
329
93
17
59
3,425
Anaesthesia – Pain medicine
74
36
40
28
26
7
0
1
212
Dermatology
155
93
68
33
31
6
0
4
390
Emergency medicine
302
323
241
70
135
28
15
20
1,134
General practice
– RACGP
4,279
3,615
3,163
1,253
1,498
411
164
268
14,651
– ACRRM
405
226
327
181
122
29
28
18
1,336
Intensive care
188
133
128
52
50
13
4
16
584
Medical administration
94
71
79
15
21
4
3
12
299
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
477
401
295
121
130
32
13
23
1,492
Occupational and Environmental medicine
73
59
32
24
35
6
0
16
245
Ophthalmology
309
195
133
62
69
13
3
12
796
Paediatrics
605
429
281
141
184
26
27
30
1,723
Palliative medicine
67
40
30
14
13
13
2
2
181
Pathology
499
292
250
112
152
34
5
35
1,379
Pathology and RACP (jointly)
81
59
40
16
19
2
1
7
225
Psychiatry
912
845
527
283
257
62
12
51
2,949
Public health medicine
184
100
83
37
55
16
27
41
543
Radiation oncology
97
78
53
15
14
0
6
6
269
Radiodiagnosis
500
396
282
141
180
37
2
24
1,562
Rehabilitation medicine
176
99
37
22
7
6
2
5
354
Sexual health medicine
49
23
18
7
6
1
1
6
111
Sport and
exercise medicine
40
37
13
4
7
2
1
12
116
Surgery
1,377
1,080
760
348
352
83
18
71
4,089
Total
14,233
11,323
8,577
3,824
4,232
1,059
386
879
44,513
Proportion of total fellows (%)
32.0
25.4
19.3
8.6
9.5
2.4
0.9
2.0
100.0
Population proportion (%)(a)
32.3
24.9
20.2
7.3
10.3
2.3
1.0
1.6
100.0

The distribution of female fellows by states and territories followed a similar pattern to the distribution of all fellows (Table 4.52).

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Table 4.52: Female fellows by medical specialty and state/territory, 2010

Source: Medical colleges

Medical specialtyNSWVicQldSAWATasNTACTAust
Addiction medicine
19
5
9
1
5
1
1
0
41
Adult medicine
524
490
222
106
102
33
8
33
1,518
Anaesthesia
266
212
192
63
86
21
7
14
861
Anaesthesia – Pain medicine
16
7
7
7
4
1
0
0
42
Dermatology
64
36
23
18
7
4
0
2
154
Emergency medicine
90
97
63
22
38
7
7
4
328
General practice
– RACGP
1,969
1,680
1,402
540
679
201
91
151
6,713
– ACRRM
71
42
67
38
23
7
9
4
261
Intensive care
31
21
14
5
8
1
2
5
87
Medical administration
29
22
15
5
4
1
2
5
83
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
153
169
99
45
47
11
7
9
540
Occupational and Environmental medicine
17
16
5
3
4
1
0
0
46
Ophthalmology
61
40
14
9
9
2
1
2
138
Paediatrics
239
184
114
47
87
5
15
14
705
Palliative medicine
36
15
10
7
5
5
2
0
80
Pathology
192
91
90
40
47
15
0
20
495
Pathology and RACP (jointly)
41
28
11
7
9
1
1
4
102
Psychiatry
306
292
186
102
93
22
5
18
1,024
Public health medicine
69
32
32
12
19
4
14
15
197
Radiation oncology
38
26
19
3
5
2
0
3
96
Radiodiagnosis
134
90
54
43
48
7
0
4
380
Rehabilitation medicine
72
43
15
8
4
2
0
0
144
Sexual health medicine
23
14
6
1
5
1
0
3
53
Sport and exercise medicine
11
7
2
1
1
0
0
1
23
Surgery
104
105
54
32
28
7
0
5
335
Total
4,575
3,764
2,725
1,165
1,367
362
172
316
14,446
Proportion of female fellows (%)
31.7
26.1
18.9
8.1
9.5
2.5
1.2
2.2
100.0

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Fellows by Subspecialty – Selected Colleges

Data on fellows for pathology, physician (adult medicine and paediatrics and child health) and surgical subspecialties are presented in Tables 4.53 to 4.56.

Pathology Subspecialties

Table 4.53: Pathology fellows by subspecialty: Total, females and proportion of females, 2010

Source: RCPA

SubspecialtyFellowsFemale fellowsProportion female (%)
Anatomical pathology
702
304
43.3
Chemical pathology
77
23
29.9
Forensic pathology
37
12
32.4
General pathology
92
13
14.1
Genetics
15
5
33.3
Haematology
403
148
36.7
Immunology
93
25
26.9
Microbiology
186
67
36.0
Total
1,605
597
37.2

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Physician Adult Medicine Subspecialties

Table 4.54: Physician adult medicine fellows: Total, females and proportion of females by subspecialty, 2010

Source: RACP

SubspecialtyFellowsFemale fellowsProportion female (%)
Cardiology
634
94
14.8
Clinical genetics
18
9
50.0
Endocrinology
297
171
57.6
Gastroenterology and Hepatology
405
95
23.5
General medicine
319
63
19.7
Geriatric medicine
284
144
50.7
Haematology
241
93
38.6
Infectious diseases
188
82
43.6
Medical oncology
281
139
49.5
Nephrology
217
74
34.1
Neurology
226
64
28.3
Nuclear medicine
111
33
29.7
Palliative medicine
181
80
44.2
Respiratory and Sleep medicine
148
50
33.8
Rheumatology
172
79
45.9
Total
3,722
1,270
34.1

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Physician Paediatrics and Child Health Subspecialties

Table 4.55: Physician paediatrics and child health fellows: Total, females and proportion of females by subspecialty, 2010

Source: RACP

SubspecialtyFellowsFemale fellowsProportion female (%)
Cardiology
12
2
16.7
Clinical genetics
14
7
50.0
Community child health
23
20
87.0
General paediatrics
88
46
52.3
Medical oncology
22
10
45.5
Neonatal/Perinatal medicine
52
25
48.1
Nephrology
10
2
20.0
Neurology
10
6
60.0
Paediatric emergency medicine
28
15
53.6
Palliative medicine
1
1
100.0
Total
260
134
51.5

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Surgical Subspecialties

Table 4.56: Surgical fellows by subspecialty: Total, females and proportion of females, 2010

(a) These figures are for active fellows of the college residing in Australia. In addition there are 698 New Zealand and 342 overseas active fellows.

Source: RACS

SubspecialtyFellowsFemale fellowsProportion female (%)
Cardiothoracic surgery
153
8
5.2
General surgery
1,381
153
11.1
Neurosurgery
197
21
10.7
Orthopaedic surgery
1,069
30
2.8
Otolaryngology, head and neck surgery
383
34
8.9
Paediatric surgery
83
17
20.5
Plastic and reconstructive surgery
343
40
11.7
Urology
324
22
6.8
Vascular surgery
156
10
6.4
Total(a)
4,089
335
8.2

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