Medical Training Review Panel: sixteenth report

College Fellows

Page last updated: 09 April 2013

In 2012, there were 48,403 medical practitioners who were fellows of medical colleges (Table 4.50). One third (16,031 or 33.1%) 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 in pathology for those completing joint programs with RACP in haematology, immunopathology, chemical pathology and microbiology/infectious diseases (12.3%), followed by intensive care (7.9%) and radiation oncology (7.5%).

Table 4.50: Fellows: Total, number and proportion of females, and new fellows and proportion of all fellows by medical specialty, 2011

(a) Based on Dec 2011 data. Includes international medical graduates that have obtained fellowship.
(b) Total includes fellows/ new fellows currently living overseas.
(c) Total excludes new fellows awarded fellowship, but living overseas (96).
(d) Total excludes 2 new fellows currently living overseas.

Source: Medical colleges

Medical specialtyFellowsFemalesProportion female
(%)
New fellows 2011New fellows as a proportion of all fellows (%)
Addiction medicine
167
41
24.6
1
0.6
Adult medicine
6,861
1,725
25.1
362
5.3
Anaesthesia
3,612
925
25.6
223
6.2
Anaesthesia - Pain medicine
221
46
20.8
12
5.4
Dermatology
411
166
40.4
21
5.1
Emergency medicine
1,204
354
29.4
78
6.5
General practice - RACGP
(b)16,563
(b)7,503
45.3
(c)1,037
6.3
General practice - ACRRM
(b)1,363
267
19.6
(d)38
2.8
Intensive care
634
93
14.7
50
7.9
Medical administration
(b)458
110
24.0
14
3.1
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
1,497
556
37.1
90
6.0
Occupational and Environmental medicine
253
48
19.0
2
0.8
Ophthalmology
797
140
17.6
29
3.6
Paediatrics
1,955
837
42.8
102
5.2
Palliative medicine
227
109
48.0
7
3.1
Pathology
1,381
514
37.2
59
4.3
Pathology and RACP (jointly)
236
107
45.3
29
12.3
Psychiatry
3,101
1,114
35.9
131
4.2
Public health medicine
(b)574
234
40.8
4
0.7
Radiation oncology
293
115
39.2
22
7.5
Radiodiagnosis
1,674
402
24.0
77
4.6
Rehabilitation medicine
365
149
40.8
23
6.3
Sexual health medicine
(b)156
80
51.3
3
1.9
Sport and exercise medicine
(b)119
27
22.7
3
2.5
Surgery(a)
4,281
369
8.6
212
5.0
Total
48,403
16,031
33.1
2,629
5.4

Overall, the distribution of fellows across states and territories approximately mirrors 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, 2011

(a) Based on Dec 2011 data. Includes Australian international medical graduates that have obtained fellowship.
(b) Population data from ABS. 3101.0 – Australian Demographic Statistics, June 2012, released 18/12/2012.

Source: Medical colleges

Medical specialtyNSWVicQldSAWATasNTACTAust
Addiction medicine
73
28
27
13
13
9
2
2
167
Adult medicine
2,339
1,983
1,074
575
556
148
43
144
6,862
Anaesthesia
1,120
897
751
309
355
101
20
59
3,612
Anaesthesia - Pain medicine
78
37
41
28
28
8
0
1
221
Dermatology
159
99
69
32
32
5
0
4
400
Emergency medicine
326
339
256
78
140
28
18
19
1,204
General practice - RACGP
4,384
3,714
3,270
1,249
1,549
408
156
286
15,016
General practice - ACRRM
396
226
359
177
115
29
28
18
1,348
Intensive care
200
138
140
64
53
15
6
18
634
Medical administration
121
91
99
23
31
5
5
21
396
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
480
403
295
120
126
32
14
27
1,497
Occupational and Environmental medicine
79
62
33
25
32
6
0
16
253
Ophthalmology
318
193
135
59
64
14
3
11
797
Paediatrics
672
509
325
152
212
31
20
34
1,955
Palliative medicine
82
49
42
15
20
14
3
2
227
Pathology
495
293
261
113
150
32
6
31
1,381
Pathology and RACP (jointly)
85
64
40
17
20
3
1
6
236
Psychiatry
953
893
566
290
272
60
17
50
3,101
Public health medicine
149
79
72
29
43
12
21
34
439
Radiation oncology
107
79
56
17
17
8
1
8
293
Radiodiagnosis
518
435
305
148
190
40
2
36
1,674
Rehabilitation medicine
178
103
38
25
8
6
2
5
365
Sexual health medicine
59
26
19
9
6
1
1
6
127
Sport and exercise medicine
41
38
12
4
7
2
1
12
117
Surgery(a)
1,431
1,133
803
367
365
86
24
72
4,281
Total
14,843
11,911
9,088
3,938
4,404
1,103
394
922
46,603
Proportion of total (%)
31.8
25.6
19.5
8.5
9.5
2.4
0.8
2.0
100.0
Population proportion (%)(b)
32.2
24.8
20.1
7.3
10.7
2.3
1.0
1.7
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, 2011

(a) Includes Australian international medical graduates that have obtained fellowship.
(b) Total of 166 female fellows with 3 female fellows practising / based overseas in 2011.

Source: Medical colleges

Medical specialtyNSWVicQldSAWATasNTACTAust
Addiction medicine
23
2
8
2
4
1
1
0
41
Adult medicine
591
559
253
124
110
37
13
38
1,725
Anaesthesia
283
228
201
71
93
27
6
16
925
Anaesthesia - Pain medicine
19
7
7
6
5
2
0
0
46
Dermatology
67
42
24
17
8
3
0
2
(b)163
Emergency medicine
103
103
68
23
36
9
8
4
354
General practice - RACGP
2,011
1,736
1,460
537
700
205
88
158
6,895
General practice - ACRRM
74
40
71
31
30
8
7
0
261
Intensive care
34
22
16
6
8
1
2
4
93
Medical administration
34
24
17
6
5
1
4
7
98
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
157
175
101
45
47
14
7
10
556
Occupational and Environmental medicine
19
16
5
3
4
1
0
0
48
Ophthalmology
61
42
15
10
8
2
0
2
140
Paediatrics
282
231
139
51
98
7
12
17
837
Palliative medicine
45
20
18
8
9
6
3
0
109
Pathology
200
99
99
41
47
14
0
17
517
Pathology and RACP (jointly)
40
31
11
7
9
2
1
3
104
Psychiatry
331
320
207
108
98
20
10
20
1,114
Public health medicine
59
26
29
11
19
3
11
15
173
Radiation oncology
45
28
23
4
7
3
5
115
Radiodiagnosis
125
108
61
47
47
9
5
402
Rehabilitation medicine
73
45
15
9
5
2
0
0
149
Sexual health medicine
25
17
7
3
5
1
0
4
62
Sport and exercise medicine
11
7
1
1
1
0
0
1
22
Surgery(a)
115
116
60
35
30
7
1
5
369
Total
4,827
4,044
2,916
1,206
1,433
385
174
333
15,318
Proportion of female fellows (%)
31.5
26.4
19.0
7.9
9.4
2.5
1.1
2.2
100.0

Fellows by Subspecialty – Selected Colleges

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

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Pathology Subspecialties

Table 4.53: Pathology fellows: Total, females and proportion of females by subspecialty, 2011

Source: RCPA

SubspecialtyFellowsFemale fellowsProportion female (%)
Anatomical pathology
719
319
44.4
Chemical pathology
74
23
31.1
Forensic pathology
40
13
32.5
General pathology
80
12
15.0
Genetics
16
5
31.3
Haematology
404
153
37.9
Immunology
93
24
25.8
Microbiology
191
72
37.7
Total
1,617
621
38.4

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Physicians Adult Medicine Subspecialties

Table 4.54: Physician adult medicine fellows: Total, females and proportion of females by subspecialty, 2011

(a) Figures for Respiratory and Sleep medicine include fellows who completed training in Thoracic Medicine and Thoracic and Sleep Medicine.
(b) Note that the totals listed are not cumulative totals of the numbers presented above, as the list of specialties is not exhaustive, and there are several fellows who were admitted to fellowship when record-keeping practices did not denote a specialty.

Source: RACP

SubspecialtyFellowsFemale fellowsProportion female (%)
Cardiology
670
105
15.7
Clinical genetics
5
3
60.0
Endocrinology
326
189
58.0
Gastroenterology and Hepatology
434
102
23.5
General medicine
346
73
21.1
Geriatric medicine
329
173
52.6
Haematology
256
96
37.5
Infectious diseases
216
96
44.4
Medical oncology
301
150
49.8
Nephrology
237
83
35.0
Neurology
243
65
26.7
Nuclear medicine
115
31
27.0
Palliative medicine
49
36
73.5
Respiratory and Sleep medicine(a)
322
85
26.4
Rheumatology
181
83
45.9
Total(b)
6,861
1,725
25.1

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Physicians Paediatric Subspecialties

Table 4.55: Physician paediatrics and child health fellows: Total, females and proportion of females by subspecialty, 2011

(a) Note that the totals listed are not cumulative totals of the numbers presented above, as the list of specialties is not exhaustive, and there are several fellows who were admitted to fellowship when record-keeping practices did not denote a specialty.
(b) Joint fellowship with ACEM.

Source: RACP

SubspecialtyFellowsFemale fellowsProportion female (%)
Cardiology
14
3
21.4
Clinical genetics
20
10
50.0
Community child health
22
20
90.9
General paediatrics
439
225
51.3
Medical oncology
25
10
40.0
Neonatal/Perinatal medicine
72
37
51.4
Nephrology
10
2
20.0
Neurology
21
10
47.6
Paediatric emergency medicine(b)
34
17
50.0
Palliative medicine
2
2
100.0
Total(a)
1,955
837
42.8

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Surgical Subspecialties

Table 4.56: Surgical fellows: Total, females and proportion of females by subspecialty, 2011

(a) Includes international medical graduates that have obtained fellowship.

Source: RACS

SubspecialtyFellowsFemale fellowsProportion female (%)
Cardiothoracic surgery
163
9
5.5
General surgery
1,432
165
11.5
Neurosurgery
198
22
11.1
Orthopaedic surgery
1,127
36
3.2
Otolaryngology, head and neck surgery
405
38
9.4
Paediatric surgery
84
18
21.4
Plastic and reconstructive surgery
363
45
12.4
Urology
343
24
7.0
Vascular surgery
166
12
7.2
Total(a)
4,281
369
8.6