Prepare for GP training

What you need to know before starting GP training.

Mandatory hospital rotations

Certain hospital rotations must be completed by doctors in their postgraduate years. These mandatory hospital rotations do not have to be completed before application and entry into the AGPT Program. Where possible, all rotations should be completed prior to the second year of the AGPT Program.

If you have completed additional hospital experience, post general registration, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning once you commence on the AGPT Program. Please contact your preferred Regional Training Organisation (RTO) within your preferred training region, or relevant college/s for further information.


The following is a guide to rotations required

Postgraduate Year (PGY 1)—Rotations required to achieve general registration: medicine, surgery and emergency.


Postgraduate Year (PGY 2) or later—fellowship requirements

If on the RACGP Fellowship pathway: paediatrics and three rotations of choice relevant to general practice

If on the ACRRM Fellowship pathway: paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, and anaesthetics

Refer to the relevant college documents below and ask your preferred RTO for more information.


What to consider before starting training

Here are a few things you can do to prepare while in the hospital system:

  • Ensure you are a part of the Going Places Network (GPN).
  • Familiarise yourself with the training pathways into general practice, think about which GP Fellowship and GP medical college is right for you.
  • Think about where you would like to work as a GP registrar or GP and your clinical interests, as your clinic’s location may determine the types of patients you treat.
  • Research each RTO; each offers different options as to how and where you can train.
  • Think about extended skills you would like to develop in your GP training and if these skills would suit your goals and clinical interests.
  • Portions of this article have been taken from the Department of Health’s 2019 AGPT handbook. Visit for more information.

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