GP training applicants in the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program can choose to train towards either the Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) and/or Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM).
RACGP program structure
Hospital Training Time – (Year 1 - 12 months)
Working in metropolitan, regional or rural hospitals.You can apply to the general practice training program as an intern and undertake your second year (RMO1) as part of general practice training.Mandatory rotations are:
1. General medicine or a rotation that offers broad medical experience such as geriatric medicine; 2. General surgery or a term that covers the principles of basic surgical care; 3. Accident and emergency; 4. Paediatrics. Note: if your accident and emergency term includes substantial experience personally caring for children and adolescents, you may be able to undertake two terms in accident and emergency and use one of these terms to count towards the mandatory paediatric rotation. Please note, these rotations do NOT have to be completed before applying to general practice training but must be completed before you move into a general practice setting. GP Term 1 & 2 (Basic & Advanced Term) – (Year 2 - 6 months + 6 months) The most intensive teaching and educational support occurs during GP Term 1 to assist you to adjust to the general practice and private practice environment. There is then a gradual step down in support over the length of the program as you become more confident and knowledgeable in general practice. GP Term 3 & Extended Skills Term (Year 3 - 6 months + 6 months) For GP Term 3, GP registrars are able to select a practice where they will work more independently, but still with some supervision. There is flexibility in the choice of extended skills training. Some possible posts are medical research and procedural skills. Alternatively, registrars can opt to complete a fourth term of general practice instead of an extended skills term.
Optional fourth year – advanced rural skills
The optional fourth year of advanced rural skills leads to an additional Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP). This training year is undertaken working in accredited rural training posts and accredited advanced rural training posts. Two core modules must be completed "Working in Rural General Practice" and "Emergency Medicine", plus advanced skills training in anaesthetics, obstetrics, emergency medicine, surgery, Aboriginal health, mental health, paediatrics, adult internal medicine, small town general practice, or other training that meets the needs of the registrar or the community.This can be done at any time if you choose to work towards both the FRACGP and FARGP.
ACCRM program structure
For applicants training towards FACRRM, the training program is four years with opportunity for recognition of prior of learning (RPL). The typical training program structure for FACRRM registrars is as follows: Core Clinical Training Time (Year 1 - 12 months)
Working in metropolitan, regional or rural hospitals.You can apply to the general practice training program as an intern and undertake your second year (RMO1) as part of general practice training.Compulsory rotations are: emergency medicine, general surgery, general internal medicine, anaesthetics, obstetrics and gynaecology and paediatrics.
Primary Rural and Remote Training – (Year 23 - 24 months)
Training takes place in rural and remote posts in hospitals, general practice, Aboriginal health services, community health services and other posts.You will build clinical and procedural skills, provide comprehensive and continuing care across the primary and secondary continuum.Advanced skills training can be integrated at this stage with ACRRM approval.
Advanced Specialised Training – Year 4
Advanced Specialised Training (AST) involves twelve months training in one of ten ACRRM-specified disciplines and provides an opportunity for you to extend skills and knowledge in one specialised area that is relevant to rural and remote general practice.Training can occur in metropolitan, rural or remote posts.Advanced Specialised Training can be undertaken in one of the following disciplines:
Recognition of prior learning
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is possible, depending on the rotations you have done in your hospital training and the completion of more than one year of hospital training. You must apply for recognition of prior learning in the first year of general practice training.Make your request for RPL through your regional training provider once you have accepted a training place. Your application will be formally assessed by the regional training provider and the college.