Medical Training Review Panel: sixteenth report

New College Fellows

Page last updated: 09 April 2013

Current Data

There were 2,629 new fellows of medical colleges in 2011. Of these 1,149 or 43.7% were female (Table 4.39). Almost one-quarter (646 or 24.6%) 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, 2011

(a) These figures include those completing the SET program and/or overseas trained specialists (61) who are residing in Australia.
(b) Total excludes new fellows awarded fellowship (96) but living overseas.
(c) Total excludes 2 new fellows currently living overseas.
(d) Total excludes new female fellows awarded fellowship (43) but living overseas.

Source: Medical colleges

Medical specialtyTotal Proportion of all new fellows (%)FemalesProportion female (%)Overseas trained specialistsProportion overseas trained (%)
Addiction medicine
1
0.0
0
0.0
0
0.0
Adult medicine
362
13.8
134
37.0
66
18.2
Anaesthesia
223
8.5
71
31.8
71
31.8
Anaesthesia - Pain medicine
12
0.5
4
33.3
na
na
Dermatology
21
0.8
12
57.1
6
28.6
Emergency medicine
78
3.0
27
34.6
5
6.4
General practice - RACGP
(b)1,037
39.4
(d)545
52.6
219
21.1
General practice - ACRRM
(c)38
1.4
9
23.7
17
44.7
Intensive care
50
1.9
12
24.0
0
0.0
Medical administration
14
0.5
1
7.1
5
35.7
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
90
3.4
57
63.3
33
36.7
Occupational and Environmental medicine
2
0.1
0
0.0
0
0.0
Ophthalmology
29
1.1
3
10.3
10
34.5
Paediatrics
102
3.9
65
63.7
17
16.7
Palliative medicine
7
0.3
6
85.7
2
28.6
Pathology
59
2.2
35
59.3
20
33.9
Pathology and RACP (jointly)
29
1.1
11
37.9
0
0.0
Psychiatry
131
5.0
59
45.0
59
45.0
Public health medicine
4
0.2
3
75.0
0
0.0
Radiation oncology
22
0.8
11
50.0
5
22.7
Radiodiagnosis
77
2.9
23
29.9
47
61.0
Rehabilitation medicine
23
0.9
14
60.9
1
4.3
Sexual health medicine
3
0.1
3
100.0
2
66.7
Sport and exercise medicine
3
0.1
1
33.3
0
0.0
Surgery(a)
212
8.1
32
15.1
61
28.8
Total
2,629
100.0
1,149
43.7
646
24.6


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 currently living overseas.

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Table 4.40: New fellows by medical specialty and state/territory, 2011

(a) Total includes 61 Australian IMGs obtaining fellowship.
(b) Total excludes new fellows awarded fellowship (96) but living overseas.
(c) Total excludes 2 new fellows currently living overseas.
(d) Total excludes 5 New Zealand and Hong Kong new fellows.
(e) Total excludes 10 new fellows from overseas.

Source: Medical colleges

Medical specialtyNSWVicQldSAWATasNTACTAust
Addiction medicine
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
Adult medicine
99
136
71
23
20
5
4
4
362
Anaesthesia
66
53
43
16
30
9
3
3
223
Anaesthesia - Pain medicine
3
2
2
2
1
2
0
0
12
Dermatology
9
9
1
0
2
0
0
0
21
Emergency medicine
26
15
15
6
9
2
4
1
78
General practice - RACGP
269
251
285
82
97
20
13
20
(b)1,037
General practice - ACRRM
3
2
26
3
2
1
1
0
(c)38
Intensive care
14
12
12
4
5
0
1
2
50
Medical administration
2
3
4
0
0
0
0
0
(d)9
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
33
24
15
4
11
2
1
0
90
Occupational and Environmental medicine
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
2
Ophthalmology
8
6
1
2
2
0
0
0
(e)19
Paediatrics
31
32
18
5
14
0
0
2
102
Palliative medicine
3
1
3
0
0
0
0
0
7
Pathology
27
11
14
3
4
0
0
0
59
Pathology and RACP (jointly)
13
10
2
2
2
0
0
0
29
Psychiatry
30
48
28
9
11
1
2
2
131
Public health medicine
3
0
0
0
1
0
0
3
7
Radiation oncology
10
5
3
3
1
0
0
0
22
Radiodiagnosis
23
16
17
7
13
1
0
0
77
Rehabilitation medicine
7
9
4
3
0
0
0
0
23
Sexual health medicine
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
3
Sport and exercise medicine
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
1
3
Surgery(a)
63
66
38
23
15
2
2
3
212
Total
744
713
603
198
242
45
31
41
2,614

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, 2011

(a) Includes international medical graduates that reside in Australia.
(b) Excludes new fellows in New Zealand and Hong Kong.

Source: Medical colleges

Medical specialtyNSWVicQldSAWATasNTACTAust
Addiction medicine
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Adult medicine
38
57
18
10
5
2
1
3
134
Anaesthesia
18
17
13
6
9
6
0
2
71
Anaesthesia - Pain medicine
2
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
4
Dermatology
4
6
1
0
1
0
0
0
12
Emergency medicine
13
4
5
1
0
2
2
0
27
General practice - RACGP
131
151
143
45
45
14
4
12
545
General practice - ACRRM
3
2
3
1
..
..
..
..
9
Intensive care
5
3
2
0
2
0
0
0
12
Medical administration
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
(b)1
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
23
15
9
3
5
2
0
0
57
Occupational and Environmental medicine
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Ophthalmology
1
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
3
Paediatrics
22
19
12
3
7
0
0
2
65
Palliative medicine
3
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
6
Pathology
16
6
11
1
1
0
0
0
35
Pathology and RACP (jointly)
6
4
0
1
0
0
0
0
11
Psychiatry
13
26
17
5
3
0
1
1
66
Public health medicine
2
0
0
0
1
0
0
2
5
Radiation oncology
5
4
1
1
11
Radiodiagnosis
8
7
3
2
3
0
0
0
23
Rehabilitation medicine
4
4
3
1
0
0
0
0
12
Sexual health medicine
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
3
Sport and exercise medicine
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
Surgery(a)
12
10
3
4
2
0
1
0
32
Total
330
340
248
83
86
27
9
22
1,145

Trends

In 2012 the number of new fellows was 2,629 or 55.6% higher than in 2007 (Table 4.42). General practice had the largest difference over the five years in terms of sheer numbers, with 445 more new fellows in 2011 than in 2007. There were also big increases in the numbers of new fellows in adult medicine, anaesthesia and psychiatry (153, 73 and 59 more in 2011 than in 2007 respectively).

In terms of proportional increases, the number of new fellows in paediatrics was over two times (117.0%) higher in 2011 than in 2007. A number of other specialties showed significant increases across the five years, namely radiation oncology (83.3%) and psychiatry (81.9%), however, the numbers were small and fluctuated considerably.

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Table 4.42: New fellows by medical specialty, 2007–2011

(a) Totals for 2007, 2008 and 2009 have been changed to cover numbers of new fellows for Sport and Exercise Medicine.
(b) These figures combine SET trainees and international medical graduates residing in Australia.
(c) Total for 2009 revised to include Addiction medicine.
(d) An additional 151 new fellows who live overseas joined the college in 2010.
(e) Total excludes new fellows awarded fellowship (96) but living overseas.
(f) Total excludes 2 new fellows currently living overseas.
(g) Total includes 5 New Zealand and Hong Kong new fellows.
(h) Total includes 10 new fellows trained overseas.

Source: Medical colleges

Medical specialty20072008200920102011Increase 2007-2011 (%)
Addiction medicine
..
..
6
3
1
..
Adult medicine
209
303
397
346
362
73.2
Anaesthesia
150
234
197
243
223
48.7
Anaesthesia - Pain medicine
7
11
9
17
12
71.4
Dermatology
23
11
11
26
21
-8.7
Emergency medicine
69
95
82
77
78
13.0
General practice - RACGP
592
819
928
(d)835
(e)1037
75.2
General practice - ACRRM
21
22
40
28
(f)38
81.0
Intensive care
36
62
63
60
50
38.9
Medical administration
11
10
9
18
(g)14
27.3
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
56
63
57
82
90
60.7
Occupational and Environmental medicine
6
11
11
5
2
-66.7
Ophthalmology
30
14
11
26
(h)29
-3.3
Paediatrics
47
114
116
91
102
117.0
Palliative medicine
..
..
8
6
7
..
Pathology
77
68
64
94
88
14.3
Public health medicine
15
13
12
15
4
-73.3
Psychiatry
72
147
125
154
131
81.9
Radiation oncology
12
11
18
13
22
83.3
Radiodiagnosis
54
54
44
54
77
42.6
Rehabilitation medicine
24
21
13
22
23
-4.2
Sexual health medicine
..
..
1
0
3
..
Sport and exercise medicine
3
5
1
1
3
0.0
Surgery
176
171
(b)174
(b)184
(b)212
20.5
Total(a)
1,690
2,259
(c)2,396
2,400
2,629
55.6

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, 2007–2011

(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
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
2011
742
713
603
198
241
45
31
41
2,614
Increase
2007–2011 (%)
37.9
51.7
84.4
31.1
78.5
50.0
181.8
173.3
55.9

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 specialities.

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, while surgery and intensive care generally have a far lower proportion of female each year.

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Table 4.44: Proportion of female new fellows by medical specialty, 2007–2011

(a) Includes new Australian fellows only.

Source: Medical colleges

Medical specialty20072008200920102011
Addiction medicine
..
..
50.0
33.3
..
Adult medicine
38.3
41.6
35.8
37.6
37.0
Anaesthesia
31.3
35.0
29.4
32.5
31.8
Anaesthesia - Pain medicine
0.0
9.1
33.3
29.4
33.3
Dermatology
34.8
90.9
90.9
53.8
57.1
Emergency medicine
33.3
36.8
36.6
44.2
34.6
General practice - RACGP
50.0
44.8
43.3
56.0
51.9
General practice - ACRRM
14.3
31.8
27.5
39.3
22.5
Intensive care
13.9
25.8
23.8
23.3
24.0
Medical administration
27.3
50.0
11.1
27.8
11.1
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
58.7
62.1
62.5
56.6
63.3
Occupational and Environmental medicine
16.7
45.5
9.1
20.0
0.0
Ophthalmology
50.0
35.7
36.4
30.8
15.8
Paediatrics
57.4
56.1
47.4
57.1
63.7
Palliative medicine
..
..
62.5
66.7
85.7
Pathology
53.2
51.5
46.9
47.6
59.3
Pathology and RACP (jointly)
..
..
..
48.4
37.9
Psychiatry
43.1
42.2
42.4
46.8
50.4
Public health medicine
80.0
69.2
58.3
53.3
71.4
Radiation oncology
50.0
36.4
44.4
53.8
50.0
Radiodiagnosis
24.1
25.9
40.9
24.1
29.9
Rehabilitation medicine
62.5
25.9
69.2
59.1
52.2
Sexual health medicine
..
..
100.0
3.0
100.0
Sport and exercise medicine
..
..
..
1.0
33.3
Surgery
16.5
15.2
(a)19.5
(a)14.1
(a)15.1
Total
40.7
41.0
39.0
44.0
43.8
Female new fellows
682
925
935
1,057
1,145

While the proportion of female new fellows remained relatively stable overall at around two-fifths of all new fellows over the period 2007 to 2011, the picture varied more at the state/territory level (Table 4.45). Most of this variation is due to fluctuations in relatively smaller numbers seen in some jurisdictions.

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Table 4.45: Proportion of female new fellows by state/territory, 2007–2011

Source: Medical colleges

NSWVicQldSAWATasNTACTAust
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
2011
44.5
47.7
41.1
41.9
35.7
60.0
29.0
53.7
43.8

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 and paediatrics and child health) and surgical subspecialties are presented in Tables 4.46 to 4.49.

Pathology Subspecialties

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Table 4.46: Pathology subspecialties: New fellows, females and proportion of females by subspecialty, 2011

Source: RCPA

SubspecialtyNew fellowsFemale new fellowsProportion female
(%)
Anatomical pathology
39
22
56.4
Chemical pathology
3
3
100.0
Forensic pathology
3
2
66.7
Haematology
19
7
36.8
Immunopathology
8
4
50.0
Microbiology
15
8
53.3
Genetics
0
0
0.0
Total
87
46
52.9

Physicians Adult Medicine Subspecialties

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Table 4.47: Physician adult medicine subspecialties: New fellows, females and proportion of females by subspecialty, 2011

Source: RACP

SubspecialtyNew fellowsFemale new fellowsProportion female
(%)
Cardiology
41
9
22.0
Clinical genetics
0
0
0.0
Clinical Pharmacology
1
0
0.0
Endocrinology
28
12
42.9
Endocrinology and Chemical Pathology
0
0
0.0
Gastroenterology and Hepatology
24
7
29.2
General medicine
12
5
41.7
Geriatric medicine
36
24
66.7
Haematology
23
9
39.1
Immunology and Allergy
4
2
50.0
Infectious diseases
18
10
55.6
Infectious diseases and Microbiology
5
3
60.0
Intensive Care medicine
4
1
25.0
Medical oncology
28
12
42.9
Nephrology
20
6
30.0
Neurology
20
5
25.0
Nuclear medicine
5
0
0.0
Palliative medicine
4
4
100.0
Respiratory and Sleep medicine
31
10
32.3
Rheumatology
9
4
44.4
Total
313
123
39.3

Physicians Paediatric Subspecialties

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Table 4.48: Physician paediatric and child health subspecialties: New fellows, females and proportion of females by subspecialty, 2011

(a) Joint new fellows with ACEM.

Source: RACP

SubspecialtyNew fellowsFemale new fellowsProportion female
(%)
Cardiology
1
0
0.0
Clinical genetics
3
2
66.7
Clinical Pharmacology
0
0
0.0
Community child health
3
3
100.0
Endocrinology
2
2
100.0
Gastroenterology
2
0
0.0
General paediatrics
41
30
73.2
Haematology
1
0
0.0
Immunology and Allergy
1
1
100.0
Infectious Diseases
1
1
100.0
Intensive Care medicine
0
0
0.0
Medical oncology
1
1
100.0
Neonatal/Perinatal medicine
12
7
58.3
Nephrology
0
0
0.0
Neurology
7
2
28.6
Nuclear medicine
0
0
0.0
Paediatric emergency medicine(a)
5
2
40.0
Palliative medicine
1
1
100.0
Respiratory and Sleep medicine
2
2
100.0
Rheumatology
0
0
0.0
Total
83
54
65.1

Surgical Subspecialties

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Table 4.49: Surgery subspecialties: New fellows, females and proportion of females by subspecialty, 2011(a)

(a) Includes new Australian medical graduates and international medical graduates.

Source: RACS

SubspecialtyNew fellowsFemale new fellowsProportion female
(%)
Cardiothoracic surgery
10
1
10.0
General surgery
59
11
18.6
Neurosurgery
3
0
0.0
Orthopaedic surgery
59
6
10.2
Otolaryngology, head and neck surgery
24
4
16.7
Paediatric surgery
4
2
50.0
Plastic and reconstructive surgery
20
4
20.0
Urology
21
2
9.5
Vascular surgery
12
2
16.7
Total
212
32
15.1