If I work part time, will it take me longer to get to fellowship?

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THIS WEEK’S QUESTION…?

 

If I work part time, will it take me longer to get to fellowship? 

 

The Short Answer… 

Yes- You need to have the full time equivalent time.  

 

Please Explain! 

The guidelines for RACGP Fellowship eligibility refer to “Full Time” which is defined by RACGP as:  

 

“general practice experience is calculated at a minimum of 27 hours face-to-face, rostered, patient consultation time in general practice activities and undertaken over a minimum of four days per week within a minimum 38 hour working week. Work periods of less than three consecutive hours, or of less than one month in any one practice, will not be considered. Hours worked beyond this definition of full time will not be considered.” 

 

This means if you’re working part time and intending on sitting the FRACGP exams, you’ll need to work longer to meet the time and experience requirements.  

 

The RACGP also defines “Part Time” as: 

general practice experience is calculated pro-rata with a minimum of 10.5 hours face to face, rostered, patient consultation time in comprehensive Australian general practice activities and undertaken over a minimum of two days per week within a minimum 14.5 hour working week. Work periods of less than three consecutive hours, or of less than one month in any one practice, will not be considered. 

 

It is important to understand this to ensure you’re able to meet the requirements. For many of our doctors, you’re following the Practice Experience Pathway, which will require you to have 4 years and 6 months of experience to be eligible to achieve fellowship. It will take a minimum of 6 months to complete the exams, which is why you need a time assessment of 4 years (including minimum 12 months in Australian General Practice) to sit fellowship.  

 

How Can We Help? 

Our team help General Practitioners both with finding jobs and helping with the full applications process including finding the best pathway to fellowship for you and your life goals. If we can help, please contact us at admin@peoplemedical.com.au.   

 

People Medical Consulting are a team of professionals with a passion for guiding those specialising in the Medical industry to find their career pathway and settle into Australia. Working with both Australian trained and Overseas trained professionals, we have extensive experience in Recruitment of General Practitioners, and   Document Assistance for those requiring support with RACGP, AHPRA, 19AA and 19AB Medicare Exemptions.