Medical Training Review Panel: fifteenth report

New College Fellows

Page last updated: 15 March 2012

Current Data

There were 2,401 new fellows of medical colleges in 2010. Of these, 1,057 or 44.0% were female (Table 4.39). Almost one quarter (570 or 23.7%) were overseas trained specialists who were assessed as having qualifications comparable with specialists trained by the medical college in Australia and given fellowship of that college.

Table 4.39: New fellows: Total, females and overseas trained specialists by medical specialty, 2010

(a) These figures include those completing the SET program and/or overseas trained specialists who are residing in Australia.

Source: Medical colleges

Medical specialtyTotal Proportion all new fellows (%)FemalesProportion female (%)Overseas trained specialistsProportion overseas trained (%)
Addiction medicine
3
0.1
1
33.3
0
0
Adult medicine
346
14.4
130
37.6
57
16.5
Anaesthesia
243
10.1
79
32.5
62
25.5
Anaesthesia – Pain medicine
17
0.7
5
29.4
na
na
Dermatology
26
1.1
14
53.8
5
19.2
Emergency medicine
77
3.2
34
44.2
13
16.9
General practice
– RACGP
835
34.8
468
56.0
151
18.1
– ACRRM
28
1.2
11
39.3
8
28.6
Intensive care
60
2.5
14
23.3
5
8.3
Medical administration
18
0.7
5
27.8
0
0
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
83
3.5
47
56.6
35
42.2
Occupational and Environmental medicine
5
0.2
1
20.0
3
60.0
Ophthalmology
26
1.1
8
30.8
7
26.9
Paediatrics
91
3.8
52
57.1
29
31.9
Palliative medicine
6
0.2
4
66.7
0
0
Pathology
63
2.6
30
47.6
20
31.7
Pathology and RACP (jointly)
31
1.3
15
48.4
0
0
Psychiatry
154
6.4
72
46.8
72
46.8
Public health medicine
15
0.6
8
53.3
4
26.7
Radiation oncology
13
0.5
7
53.8
0
0
Radiodiagnosis
54
2.2
13
24.1
36
66.7
Rehabilitation medicine
22
0.9
13
59.1
1
4.5
Sexual health medicine
0
0
0
0
0
0
Sport and exercise medicine
1
0
0
0
0
0
Surgery(a)
184
7.7
26
14.1
62
33.7
Total
2,401
100
1,057
44.0
570
23.7

Data on the state or territory in which new fellows resided are shown in Table 4.40. The total number of new fellows is lower than shown in Table 4.39 as it does not include those residing overseas.

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Table 4.40: New fellows by medical specialty and state/territory, 2010

(a) Another 6 RACMA new fellows are not located in Australia.
(b) Another four new fellows are from New Zealand and India.

Source: Medical colleges

Medical specialtyNSWVicQldSAWATasNTACTAust
Addiction medicine
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
3
Adult medicine
117
93
62
18
37
9
4
6
346
Anaesthesia
65
57
51
24
33
6
0
7
243
Anaesthesia – Pain medicine
4
4
3
4
1
1
0
0
17
Dermatology
10
6
7
2
1
0
0
0
26
Emergency medicine
21
20
16
3
12
0
3
2
77
General practice
– RACGP
244
197
180
67
102
20
16
9
835
– ACRRM
1
4
15
0
5
2
1
0
28
Intensive care
16
10
9
7
6
0
1
2
51
Medical administration
3
6
6
1
1
0
0
1
(a)18
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
32
22
7
7
12
2
0
1
83
Occupational and Environmental medicine
1
3
0
1
0
0
0
0
5
Ophthalmology
12
4
5
3
2
0
0
0
26
Paediatrics
31
30
11
6
11
1
0
1
91
Palliative medicine
1
2
1
0
0
1
1
0
6
Pathology
27
13
14
2
5
0
0
2
63
Pathology and RACP (jointly)
18
7
2
1
2
0
1
0
31
Psychiatry
34
48
37
13
16
5
0
1
154
Public health medicine
1
1
3
2
2
0
0
2
(b)11
Radiation oncology
6
4
3
0
0
0
0
0
13
Radiodiagnosis
15
21
7
6
3
2
0
0
54
Rehabilitation medicine
10
6
5
0
1
0
0
0
22
Sexual health medicine
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Sport and exercise medicine
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
Surgery
62
45
34
12
20
3
2
6
184
Total
734
603
479
179
272
52
29
40
2,388

The distribution across states and territories of female new fellows followed a similar pattern to the distribution of all new fellows (Table 4.41).

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Table 4.41: Female new fellows by medical specialty and state/territory, 2010

(a) One female new fellow is currently overseas.
(b) A further three females are from New Zealand and India.

Source: Medical colleges

Medical specialtyNSWVicQldSAWATasNTACTAust
Addiction medicine
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
Adult medicine
52
38
21
5
7
3
2
2
130
Anaesthesia
20
19
15
5
15
3
0
2
79
Anaesthesia –
Pain medicine
2
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
5
Dermatology
3
7
1
1
1
0
0
0
13
Emergency medicine
7
7
8
2
7
0
3
0
34
General practice
– RACGP
122
120
99
37
62
12
10
6
468
– ACRRM
0
3
4
0
3
0
1
0
11
Intensive care
5
3
2
0
2
0
1
0
13
Medical administration
1
2
0
0
1
0
0
1
5
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
20
14
3
3
5
1
0
1
(a)47
Occupational and Environmental medicine
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
Ophthalmology
4
1
2
1
0
0
0
0
8
Paediatrics
13
22
7
2
6
1
0
1
52
Palliative medicine
1
0
1
0
0
1
1
0
4
Pathology
26
6
8
1
1
0
1
2
45
Psychiatry
16
27
17
4
6
2
0
0
72
Public health medicine
0
0
2
2
0
0
0
1
(b)5
Radiation oncology
4
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
7
Radiodiagnosis
4
6
1
1
0
1
0
0
13
Rehabilitation medicine
6
2
4
0
1
0
0
0
13
Sexual health medicine
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Sport and
exercise medicine
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Surgery
8
9
3
1
4
0
0
1
26
Total
315
289
201
66
121
24
19
17
1,052

Trends

In 2010 the number of new fellows was 2,401 or 41.2% higher than in 2006 (Table 4.42). General practice had the largest difference over the five years in terms of sheer numbers, with 207 more new fellows in 2010 than in 2006. There were lesser, but big increases in the numbers of new fellows in anaesthesia, psychiatry and pathology (108, 64 and 48 more in 2010 than in 2006 respectively).

In terms of proportional increases, the number of new fellows in intensive care was two and a half times (160.9% increase) higher in 2010 than in 2006. A number of other specialties showed significant increases across the five years, however, the numbers were small and fluctuated considerably.

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Table 4.42: New fellows by medical specialty, 2006–2010

(a) An additional 151 new fellows who live overseas joined the college in 2010.
(b) These figures include those completing the SET program and/or overseas trained specialists who are residing in Australia. In total there were 212 new fellows.
(c) These figures include those completing the SET program and/or overseas trained specialists who are residing in Australia. In total there were 208 new fellows.
(d) Totals for 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 have been changed to cover numbers of new fellows for Sport and Exercise Medicine.
(e) Total for 2009 revised to include Addiction medicine.

Source: Medical colleges

Medical specialty20062007200820092010Increase 2006–2010 (%)
Addiction medicine
..
..
..
6
3
..
Adult medicine
247
209
303
397
346
40.1
Anaesthesia
135
150
234
197
243
80.0
Anaesthesia – Pain medicine
5
7
11
9
17
240.0
Dermatology
14
23
11
11
26
85.7
Emergency medicine
78
69
95
82
77
-1.3
General practice
– RACGP
628
592
819
928
(a)835
57.0
– ACRRM
..
21
22
40
28
..
Intensive care
23
36
62
63
60
160.9
Medical administration
13
11
10
9
18
38.5
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
49
46
66
56
83
69.4
Occupational and Environmental medicine
6
6
11
11
5
-16.7
Ophthalmology
16
30
14
11
26
62.5
Paediatrics
73
47
114
116
91
24.7
Palliative medicine
..
..
..
8
6
..
Pathology
46
77
68
64
94
104.3
Public health medicine
13
15
13
12
15
15.4
Psychiatry
90
72
147
125
154
71.1
Radiation oncology
9
12
11
18
13
44.4
Radiodiagnosis
74
54
54
44
54
-27.0
Rehabilitation medicine
19
24
21
13
22
15.8
Sexual health medicine
..
..
..
1
0
..
Sport and exercise medicine
7
3
5
1
1
-85.7
Surgery
155
176
171
(b)174
(c)184
18.7
Total(d)
1,700
1,680
2,262
(e)2,396
2,401
41.2

Table 4.43 shows the states and territories in which new fellows resided.

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Table 4.43: New fellows by state/territory, 2006–2010

(a) 2008 and 2009 Australian totals differ from the sum of state/territory numbers due to the inclusion of new fellows who completed their training overseas.

Source: Medical colleges

NSWVicQldSAWATasNTACT(a)Aust
2006
530
468
308
165
163
30
11
18
1,693
2007
538
470
327
151
135
30
11
15
1,677
2008
635
543
441
213
246
49
15
23
2,165
2009
620
548
471
196
225
47
25
41
2,285
2010
734
603
479
179
272
52
29
40
2,388
Increase
2006–2010 (%)
38.5
28.8
55.5
8.5
66.9
73.3
163.6
122.2
41.1

Overall the proportion of female new fellows has remained relatively constant over recent years, with around two-fifths of new fellows each year being female (Table 4.44). However, considerable variation is seen from year to year particularly with smaller specialties.

The number of new fellows obviously reflects the numbers in training, with general practice, paediatrics and obstetrics and gynaecology having a higher proportion of female new fellows each year and surgery and intensive care generally having a far lower proportion each year.

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Table 4.44: Proportion of female new fellows by medical specialty, 2006–2010

(a) Includes new Australian fellows only.

Source: Medical colleges

Medical specialty20062007200820092010
Proportion (%)
Addiction medicine
..
..
..
50.0
33.3
Adult medicine
36.8
38.3
41.6
35.8
37.6
Anaesthesia
43.0
31.3
35.0
29.4
32.5
Anaesthesia - Pain medicine
40.0
0
9.1
33.3
29.4
Dermatology
42.9
34.8
90.9
90.9
53.8
Emergency medicine
30.8
33.3
36.8
36.6
44.2
General practice
– RACGP
46.8
50.0
44.8
43.3
56.0
– ACRRM
..
14.3
31.8
27.5
39.3
Intensive care
8.7
13.9
25.8
23.8
23.3
Medical administration
30.8
27.3
50.0
11.1
27.8
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
46.9
58.7
62.1
62.5
56.6
Occupational and Environmental medicine
33.3
16.7
45.5
9.1
20.0
Ophthalmology
31.3
50.0
35.7
36.4
30.8
Paediatrics
45.2
57.4
56.1
47.4
57.1
Palliative medicine
..
..
..
62.5
66.7
Pathology
65.2
53.2
51.5
46.9
47.6
Pathology and RACP (jointly)
..
..
..
..
48.4
Psychiatry
54.4
43.1
42.2
42.4
46.8
Public health medicine
84.6
80.0
69.2
58.3
53.3
Radiation oncology
55.6
50.0
36.4
44.4
53.8
Radiodiagnosis
33.8
24.1
25.9
40.9
24.1
Rehabilitation medicine
63.2
62.5
25.9
69.2
59.1
Sexual health medicine
..
..
..
100.0
0
Sport and exercise medicine
..
..
..
..
0
Surgery
13.5
16.5
15.2
(a)19.5
(a)14.1
Total
41.2
40.7
41.0
39.0
44.0
Female new fellows
697
682
925
935
1,057

While the proportion of female new fellows remained relatively stable overall at around two‑fifths of all new fellows over the period 2006 to 2010, the picture varied more at the state/territory level (Table 4.45). Most of this variation is due to fluctuations in the relatively smaller numbers seen in some jurisdictions.

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Table 4.45: Proportion of female new fellows by state/territory, 2006–2010

Source: Medical colleges

NSWVicQldSAWATasNTACTAust
2006
44.0
41.0
38.6
44.8
33.7
40.0
27.3
50.0
41.2
2007
40.5
41.3
40.1
41.7
40.0
43.3
45.5
26.7
40.7
2008
41.1
41.4
41.3
36.6
41.5
38.8
40.0
52.2
40.9
2009
41.3
42.7
37.8
42.3
40.0
61.7
44.0
34.1
39.2
2010
42.9
47.9
42.0
36.9
44.5
46.2
65.5
42.5
44.1

New Fellows by Subspecialty – Selected Colleges

A number of the larger medical colleges have also provided data on new fellows, broken down by subspecialty. Pathology, physician (adult medicine and paediatrics and child health) and surgical subspecialties are presented in Tables 4.46 to 4.49.

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Pathology Subspecialties

Table 4.46: Pathology subspecialties: New fellows, females and proportion of females by subspecialty, 2010

Source: RCPA

SubspecialtyNew fellowsFemale new fellowsProportion female (%)
Anatomical pathology
43
20
46.5
Chemical pathology
4
4
100.0
Forensic pathology
3
0
0
Haematology
21
10
47.6
Immunology
9
7
77.8
Microbiology
11
4
36.4
Genetics
3
0
0
Total
94
45
47.9

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Physician Subspecialties

Table 4.47: Physician adult medicine subspecialties: New fellows, females and proportion of females by subspecialty, 2010(a)

(a) Does not include overseas trained specialists or those based in New Zealand.

Source: RACP

SubspecialtyNew fellowsFemale new fellowsProportion female (%)
Cardiology
52
10
19.2
Clinical genetics
1
0
0
Clinical Pharmacology
2
1
50.0
Endocrinology
33
23
69.7
Endocrinology and Chemical Pathology
1
1
100.0
Gastroenterology and Hepatology
34
9
26.5
General medicine
13
3
23.1
Geriatric medicine
30
19
63.3
Haematology
18
8
44.4
Immunology and Allergy
6
4
66.7
Infectious diseases
11
7
63.6
Infectious diseases and Microbiology
4
0
0
Intensive care medicine
0
0
0
Medical oncology
21
12
57.1
Nephrology
15
4
26.7
Neurology
15
6
40.0
Nuclear medicine
2
0
0
Palliative medicine
6
4
66.7
Respiratory and Sleep medicine
16
2
12.5
Rheumatology
11
5
45.5
Total
291
118
40.5

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Table 4.48: Physician paediatric and child health subspecialties: New fellows, females and proportion of females by subspecialty, 2010(a)

(a) Does not include overseas trained specialists.

Source: RACP

SubspecialtyNew fellowsFemale new fellowsProportion female (%)
Cardiology
3
1
33.3
Clinical genetics
1
1
100.0
Clinical Pharmacology
0
0
0
Community child health
4
3
75.0
Endocrinology
5
2
40.0
Gastroenterology
0
0
0
General paediatrics
32
21
65.6
Haematology
1
1
100.0
Immunology and Allergy
1
0
0
Infectious Diseases
1
1
100.0
Intensive Care medicine
0
0
0
Medical oncology
0
0
0
Neonatal/Perinatal medicine
3
2
66.7
Nephrology
1
1
100.0
Neurology
2
0
0
Nuclear medicine
0
0
0
Paediatric emergency medicine
4
3
75.0
Palliative medicine
0
0
0
Respiratory and Sleep medicine
0
0
0
Rheumatology
2
1
50.0
Total
60
37
61.7

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Surgical Subspecialties

Table 4.49: Surgical subspecialties: New fellows, females and proportion of females by subspecialty, 2010(a)

(a) These figures are for fellows who are residing in Australia and include those who are overseas trained specialists and have become fellows of the college.

Source: RACS

SubspecialtyNew fellowsFemale new fellowsProportion female (%)
Cardiothoracic surgery
4
0
0
General surgery
68
11
16.2
Neurosurgery
12
0
0
Orthopaedic surgery
47
2
4.3
Otolaryngology, head and neck surgery
21
6
28.6
Paediatric surgery
3
1
33.3
Plastic and reconstructive surgery
9
4
44.4
Urology
15
2
13.3
Vascular surgery
5
0
0
Total(a)
184
26
14.1

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