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Mandatory Hospital Rotations

RACGP and ACRRM require mandatory hospital rotations of at least 10 weeks’ duration in each discipline as listed below.

RACGP:

  • General Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Emergency
  • Paediatrics

ACRRM*:

  • General Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Emergency
  • Paediatrics
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Anaesthetics

These mandatory hospital rotations do not have to be completed before application and entry into the AGPT program, however they should be completed prior to commencing terms in general practice.

*Note for ACRRM Registrars: Twelve months Core Clinical Training must be completed prior to entering Primary Rural and Remote Training (PRRT). Registrars are able to commence PRRT without completing 10 week terms in paediatrics, O&G and anaesthetics; however all Registrars must gain equivalent experience in these areas prior to Fellowship. For more information on mandatory rotations and alternatives to a 10 week term in paediatrics, anaesthetics and O&G, please refer to ACRRM’s Fellowship Handbook located at http://www.acrrm.org.au/training-towards-fellowship/overview-of-training-with-the-college/policy.

Note on Paediatrics

RACGP requires that Registrars provide evidence of sufficient paediatric clinical training prior to commencing general practice training.

ACRRM Registrars are able to commence PRRT without completing the 10 week terms, however all must gain equivalent experience in these areas prior to fellowship.

Options for the paediatric requirement include:

RACGP (one of the following):

  • A complete (10–12 weeks) Paediatric term in an accredited paediatric post.
  • A half Paediatric term (minimum 6 weeks in length) with an approved full (10–12 week) emergency department term.
  • Two approved emergency department terms as defined in 4.1. One term may be undertaken in Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) if the other is undertaken in Post Graduate Year 2 (PGY2). In both cases the Registrar needs to be able to demonstrate sufficient experience in assessing and managing paediatric cases and the training provider needs to be satisfied that adequate skills have been gained.
  • An approved emergency department term as defined in 4.1.3 and a Post Graduate Prevocational Placements Program (PGPPP) term with appropriate supervision and education components. One term may be undertaken in PGY1 year (provided a sufficient number and spread of paediatric cases were seen) if the other is undertaken in PGY2. A PGPPP term does not count as a standalone paediatric requirement.
  • Completion of the coursework and exam for the Children's Hospital at Westmead Diploma in Child Health or any other RACGP Board of Censors approved course can also count as the paediatric component as long as the doctor has also had some clinical exposure to children (for example an emergency department term or PGPPP term).

ACRRM (one of the following):

  • A 10-week Paediatric rotation in a hospital
  • Minimum of six (6) months in Emergency Medicine rotations where paediatric patients make up at least 25% of the caseload (patient log required)
  • Completion of a Post Graduate Diploma in Child Health/Paediatrics

Prospective applicants should refer to the relevant college documents below and are encouraged to discuss their training requirements with GMT.

ACRRM – Core Clinical Training Policy contained within the Fellowship Training Handbook, located at http://www.acrrm.org.au/training-towards-fellowship/overview-of-training-with-the-college/policy.

RACGP – General Practice: Connecting the dots for students and junior doctors at www.racgp.org.au/becomingagp/students/

If you have any questions regarding College requirements please contact your local GMT office or contact RACGP or ACRRM directly.