Prepare for GP training: mandatory hospital rotations

What you need to know before starting GP training

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 the 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 documentation 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 Future General Practitioner (FGP) network
  • 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 college; they offers different options as to how and where you can train throughout Australia.
  • 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 General Practice Training in Australia – The Guide.

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