Medical Training Review Panel: Seventeenth Report

Appendix B: Medical College Training Requirements

Page last updated: 09 April 2014

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 B1: Summary of specialty training requirements and entry time, 2012
College/Faculty/Training organisation
Training requirements
Source: Medical colleges and GPET
Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA)

5 years full-time (0.5 years introductory training, 1.5 years basic, 2 years advanced and one year provisional fellowship)

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

This will be at the availability of training positions and the discretion of the National Training Committee and the availability of a Fellow to oversee the trainee in a non-accredited training position

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

1st January 2014 onwards: 6 months of Foundation Training (undertaken prior to selection to the training program)

24 months Core Training

12 months of Transition Year training

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 PGY2

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 of general clinical experience

Can enter in PGY3

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 (RACP-AChPM)

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 (RACP-AChAM)

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 – 5 years full-time
  • Vascular surgery – 5 years full-time

Table B2: Summary of specialty part-time training requirements, 2012
College/Faculty/Training organisationRequirements for part-time training
Source: Medical colleges and GPET
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 be for two years and may only be undertaken once during the registrar’s Training Program.

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 ZealandMinimum 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

Part-time training is possible, provided Basic Training and Advanced Training are completed within the time limit specified in the flexible training policy.

Minimum load of 40% in most cases. The minimum load may be less than 40% for some training programs.

Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Paediatrics and Child Health

Part-time training is possible, provided Basic Training and Advanced Training are completed within the time limit specified in the flexible training policy.

Minimum load of 40% in most cases. The minimum load may be less than 40% for some training programs.

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 20% 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

Complete within 10 years

Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Chapter of Palliative Medicine

Minimum load of 40% in most cases; may be less than 40% in exceptional circumstances

Complete within 8 years

Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Chapter of Addiction Medicine

Minimum load of 40% in most cases; may be less than 40% in exceptional circumstances

Complete within 8 years

Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine

Minimum load of 40% in most cases; may be less than 40% in exceptional circumstances

Complete within 8 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 .5 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


Table B3: Summary of specialty interrupted training requirements, 2011
College/Faculty/Training organisationRequirements for interrupted training
Source: Medical colleges and GPET

Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists

– Faculty of Pain Medicine

Allowed, details available from the ANZCA Handbook on Training and Accreditation www.anzca.edu.au/training/2013-training-program/pdfs/training-accreditation-handbook
Australasian College of DermatologistsConsidered 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 ZealandAllowed

Advanced training must include at least 2 years interrupted only by normal holiday or short term (e.g. 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

Interruption allowed, but training program must be completed within time limit. Interruptions of more than 24 continuous months may require additional training time and/or assessments (determined on a case-by-case basis)
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Paediatrics and Child Health

Interruption allowed, but training program must be completed within time limit. Interruptions of more than 24 continuous months may require additional training time and/or assessments (determined on a case-by-case basis)
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Up to 1 year interrupted training allowed at a time

Interruption due to maternity/paternity leave is not included in the 10 years limit for completion of training

Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine

Up to 1 year deferral allowed at a time, with a maximum of 2 years deferment

Training must be completed within 8 years

Deferral from training due to maternity/paternity leave is not included in the 8 year limit for completion of training

Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine

Up to 24 continuous months allowed, not including parental leave of an additional 24 months

Training must be completed within 10 years

Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Chapter of Palliative Medicine

Interruption allowed, but training program must be completed within time limit. Interruptions of more than 24 continuous months may require additional training time and/or assessments (determined on a case-by-case basis)
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Chapter of Addiction Medicine

Interruption allowed, but training program must be completed within time limit. Interruptions of more than 24 continuous months may require additional training time and/or assessments (determined on a case-by-case basis)
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

– Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine

Interruption allowed, but training program must be completed within time limit. Interruptions of more than 24 continuous months may require additional training time and/or assessments (determined on a case-by-case basis)
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