Medical Training Review Panel: sixteenth report

Appendix F: Training Program Terminology

Page last updated: 09 April 2013

Medical colleges

Guide for use as defined in MTRP
Basic trainingA defined period of elementary training required by some specialist medical colleges prior to admission to an advanced training program.
Advanced trainingA period of defined and structured education and training, that, when successfully completed, will result in eligibility to apply for fellowship of a specialist medical college and/or to practise as a specialist. This may be preceded by completion of basic training requirements.

Some colleges have an integrated training program and do not have separate basic and advanced components. Data on these programs should be included under advanced training.

The table below illustrates what is defined under the category of the terms used in MTRP for ‘basic training’ and ‘advanced training’ for each medical specialty. These are not the training requirements of each medical college, but rather show what is included under the term ‘basic’ or ‘advanced’ for each medical speciality.

(a) Offered as an additional year if required, most trainees finish in the fourth year.
(b) Refers to two years of 'basic training' preceding provisional training but it usually comprises of PGY1 and PGY2.
(c) GP titles are more curricula descriptors rather than actual training year names.
(d) Training requirements vary from one to three years, depending on the primary specialist qualification.
(e) Basic training program requirements are to be met prior to entering the particular physician training program.
(f) Entry requirement of a minimum of two years clinical experience.
(g) An exception for paediatric rehabilitation which is three years basic and three years advanced training.
(h) Three years basic training (PGY1-PGY3) to be completed prior to entering the medical college training program.
(i) Five year training programs for General surgery, Orthopaedic surgery, Otolaryngology, Plastic surgery, Urology and Vascular surgery and six year training programs for Cardiothoracic surgery, Neurosurgery and Paediatric surgery.

SpecialityMTRP definedYear of trainingMedical College defined
AnaesthesiabasicYear 1Basic Training
basicYear 2Basic Training
advancedYear 3Advanced Training
advancedYear 4Advanced Training
advancedYear 5Provisional Fellowship Training
DermatologybasicYear 1Basic Training
basicYear 2Basic Training
advancedYear 3Advanced Training
advancedYear 4Advanced Training
advancedYear 5Advanced Training(a)
Emergency medicine -Year 1usually PGY1(b)
-Year 2usually PGY2(b)
basicYear 3Provisional Training Year
advancedYear 4Advanced Training Year
advancedYear 5Advanced Training Year
advancedYear 6Advanced Training Year
advancedYear 7Advanced Training Year
General Practice

(ACRRM and RACGP)(c)

advancedYear 1ACRRM - Core clinical training time
advancedYear 2ACRRM - Primary rural and remote training
advancedYear 3ACRRM - Primary rural and remote training
advancedYear 4ACRRM - Advanced specialised training
advanced Year 1RACGP - Hospital training time
advancedYear 2RACGP - GP Terms - GPT1, GPT2
advancedYear 3RACGP - GP Terms - GPT3/extended skills
advancedYear 4RACGP - Advanced skills training (only for FARGP)
Intensive carebasicYear 1Basic Training
basicYear 2Basic Training
basicYear 3Basic Training
advancedYear 4Advanced Training
advancedYear 5Advanced Training
advancedYear 6Advanced Training
Medical administration advancedYear 1Advanced Training
advancedYear 2Advanced Training
advancedYear 3Advanced Training
Obstetrics and GynaecologybasicYear 1Integrated Training Program (Year 1)
basicYear 2Integrated Training Program (Year 2)
basicYear 3Integrated Training Program (Year 3)
basicYear 4Integrated Training Program (Year 4)
advancedYear 5Elective Training (Year 1)
advancedYear 6Elective Training (Year 2)
OphthalmologybasicYear 1Basic Training
basicYear 2Basic Training
advancedYear 3Advanced Training
advancedYear 4Advanced Training
advancedYear 5Advanced Training
Pain medicine(d)advancedYear 1Advanced Training
advancedYear 2Advanced Training
advancedYear 3Advanced Training
PathologyadvancedYear 1Advanced Training
advancedYear 2Advanced Training
advancedYear 3Advanced Training
advancedYear 4Advanced Training
advancedYear 5Advanced Training
Physicians – Addiction medicine(e)advancedYear 1Advanced Training
advancedYear 2Advanced Training
advancedYear 3Advanced Training
Physicians - Adult MedicinebasicYear 1Basic Training
basicYear 2Basic Training
basicYear 3Basic Training
advancedYear 4Advanced Training
advancedYear 5Advanced Training
advancedYear 6Advanced Training
Physicians - Occupational and Environmental medicine(f)advancedYear 1Stage A/B
advancedYear 2Stage B
advancedYear 3Stage B/C
advancedYear 4Stage C
Physicians - PaediatricsbasicYear 1Basic Training (
basicYear 2Basic Training
basicYear 3Basic Training
advancedYear 4Advanced Training
advancedYear 5Advanced Training
advancedYear 6Advanced Training
Physicians – Palliative medicine(f)advancedYear 1Advanced Training
advancedYear 2Advanced Training
advancedYear 3Advanced Training
Physicians - Public health medicine(f)advancedYear 1Advanced Training
advancedYear 2Advanced Training
advancedYear 3Advanced Training
Physicians – Rehabilitation medicine (f,g)advancedYear 1Advanced Training
advancedYear 2Advanced Training
advancedYear 3Advanced Training
advancedYear 4Advanced Training
Physicians - sexual health medicine(f)advancedYear 1Advanced Training
advancedYear 2Advanced Training
advancedYear 3Advanced Training
2PsychiatrybasicYear 1Basic Training Year 1
basicYear 2Basic Training Year 2
4basicYear 3Basic Training Year 3
advancedYear 4Advanced Training Year 1
advancedYear 5Advanced Training Year 2
Radiation oncologyadvancedYear 1Phase 1 (18-24 months)
advancedYear 2Phase 1 (18-24 months)
advancedYear 3Phase 2 (36-42 months)
advancedYear 4Phase 2 (36-42 months)
advancedYear 5Phase 2 (36-42 months)
RadiodiagnosisadvancedYear 1Phase 1 - General radiology training
advancedYear 2Phase 1 - General radiology training
advancedYear 3Phase 1 - General radiology training
advancedYear 4Phase 2 - Systems focused rotations
advancedYear 5Phase 2 - Systems focused rotations
Sport and exercise medicine(h)advancedYear 1Advanced Training
advancedYear 2Advanced Training
advancedYear 3Advanced Training
advancedYear 3Advanced Training
Surgery(i)advancedYear 1Surgical education and training year 1
advancedYear 2Surgical education and training year 2
advancedYear 3Surgical education and training year 3
advancedYear 4Surgical education and training year 4
advancedYear 5Surgical education and training year 5
advancedYear 6Surgical education and training year 6

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