Medical Training Review Panel: sixteenth report

Accredited Training

Page last updated: 09 April 2013

Tables 4.1 and 4.2 present data on basic and advanced accredited training available in 2011. 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 four colleges (ACEM, CICM, RANZCOG 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. The RACP accredits both facilities and posts, depending on specific training programs offered.

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. This data are presented in Table 4.2.

Table 4.1: Basic training: Positions/posts and facilities/programs by medical specialty, 2012

(a) In addition there were 55 secondment sites recognised for Basic Training.
(b) In addition there were 82 secondment sites recognised for Basic Training.

Source: Medical colleges

Medical specialtyCollege
Accreditation approach
Positions/PostsFacilities/Programs
Adult medicine(a)RACP
2,204
112
AnaesthesiaANZCA
..
101
DermatologyACD
42
..
Emergency medicineACEM
..
102
General practice RACGP
1,202
..
Intensive careCICM
..
109
Obstetrics and GynaecologyRANZCOG
..
90
OphthalmologyRANZCO
55
..
Paediatrics(b)RACP
668
15
PsychiatryRANZCP
..
19
Table 4.2: Advanced training: Positions/posts and facilities/programs by medical specialty, 2012

(a) Excludes 14 from New Zealand.
(b) RACMA has a number of candidates who are not required to undertake supervised training in an accredited position as they are on the Accelerated Pathway to Fellowship.
(c) Advanced training positions not officially accredited other than prospective approval of the post.
(d) 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.
(e) Positions/Posts are the number of trainees. Facilities/Programs are the number of individually accredited laboratories by discipline within Australia. Please note that some may not have current trainees.
(f) Facilities are practices in which training is conducted but a training practice may not be the full time trainer for a registrar.
(g) This total includes 183 New Zealand accredited training posts and 67 trainees in Australian or New Zealand posts who are on approved extended leave.
(h) Based on Dec 2011 data.
(i) Addiction Medicine and Sexual Health Medicine accredit facilities (may be a program across several facilities), not specific posts/positions.

Source: Medical colleges

Medical specialtyCollege
Accreditation approach
Positions/PostsFacilities/Programs
Addiction medicineRACP
(i)14
Adult medicine RACP
..
649
AnaesthesiaANZCA
..
106
Anaesthesia - Pain medicineANZCA
..
25
DermatologyACD
53
..
Emergency medicine(a)ACEM
..
102
General practice RACGP
360
..
ACRRM
515
..
Intensive careCICM
..
97
Medical administration(b)RACMA
75
..
Obstetrics and Gynaecology(c)RANZCOG
133
Occupational and Environmental medicine RACP
84
..
Ophthalmology(d)RANZCO
55
..
Paediatrics RACP
..
193
Palliative medicineRACP
..
63
Pathology(e)RCPA
314
291
Pathology and RACP (jointly)RCPA/RACP
208
..
PsychiatryRANZCP
..
61
Public health medicineRACP
83
Radiation oncologyRANZCR
..
43
RadiodiagnosisRANZCR
..
122
Rehabilitation medicineRACP
..
111
Sexual health medicineRACP
..
(i)26
Sport and exercise medicine(f)ACSP
..
36
Surgery(g,h)RACS
1,293
9