Medical Training Review Panel: sixteenth report

Appendix B: Medical College Training Requirements

Page last updated: 09 April 2013

Appendix B provides summary information about each medical college’s training requirements.

The training requirements for vocational trainees vary between colleges. Tables B1 to B3 provide a consolidated summary of the length of vocational training and training program entry requirements, as well as the guidelines for part-time training and interrupted training.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this appendix is correct at the time of publication and relevant for the data period that the report covers. However, these requirements change over time, and information should be checked with the relevant college or training organisation if current information is required. Website contact details for each college or training organisation are provided in the summaries for the colleges below.

In order to improve general understanding of medical college training requirements, the MTRP has decided to use common language in describing each college training program. Accordingly, the descriptors used in this summary may vary from the information provided by the individual college, faculty or vocational training organisation.

Consolidated Summary Tables

Table B 1: Summary of specialty training requirements and entry time, 2011

Source: Medical colleges and GPET

College/Faculty/Training organisationTraining requirements
Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA)

5 years full-time (2 years basic, 2 years advanced and one year provisional fellowship)

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 full-time, depending on prior specialist training and experience

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)

4 years full-time – trainees who do not pass both written and clinical fellowship examinations and satisfy all other training requirements in their fourth year may be invited to undertake a fifth year of training, subject to the availability of training positions and the discretion of the National Training Committee.

Can enter after completing PGY1 and PGY2

Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM)

2 years basic training full-time (which 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

May apply in PGY1 and can enter after completing 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

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 (approximately)

Can enter after completing 2 years (full-time equivalent) of PGY1 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 RACP PCH)

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 RACP 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 RACP 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 RACP 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 (RANZCR)

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

Australasian College of Sports Physicians (ACSP)

3 years basic training full-time (PGY1, PGY2, PGY3 to be completed prior to entering the College program)

4 years advanced training full-time equivalent

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:

  • Cardiothoracic surgery – 6 years full-time
  • General surgery – 5 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

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Table B 2: Summary of specialty part-time training requirements, 2011

Source: Medical colleges and GPET

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
Royal Australasian College of Medical AdministratorsMust result in FTE time

Complete program within 8 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 OphthalmologistsPart-time training is possible, provided Basic and Advanced Training are completed within the required time limit.
Royal College of Pathologists of AustralasiaMinimum 8 hours per week/20% of full-time commitment
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Adult Medicine Division
Minimum 40% of full-time commitment

Time limits to complete programs vary depending upon minimum length of program
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Paediatrics and Child Health
Minimum 40% of full-time commitment

Time limits to complete programs vary depending upon minimum length of program
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Minimum 10 hours per week

Training must be completed within 10 years
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine
Minimum 40% of full-time commitment

Must result in FTE time

Training must be completed within 8 years
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
Minimum 40% of full-time commitment

Must result in FTE time

Time limits to complete programs vary depending upon minimum length of program
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Chapter of Palliative Medicine
Minimum 40% 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
Australasian College of Sports PhysiciansConsidered on an individual basis

Must result in FTE time

Completion must be within 10 years of commencement
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

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Table B 3: Summary of specialty interrupted training requirements, 2011

Source: Medical colleges and GPET

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
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 OphthalmologistsTraining must be completed within 12 years.
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 24 months parental leave is not included in the time limit for completion of training
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Paediatrics and Child Health
Allowed

Up to 24 months parental leave is not included in the time limit for completion of training
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Allowed

Up to 24 months parental leave is not included in the time limit for completion of training
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine
Allowed

Up to 24 months parental leave is not included in the time limit for completion of training
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
Allowed

Up to 24 months parental leave is not included in the time limit for completion of training
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
Australasian College of Sports PhysiciansConsidered on an individual basis
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