RURAL GENERALIST MEDICAL TRAINING PROGRAM

Published on October 25, 2018

Rural generalist medicine is various training programs designed to help doctors practicing rurally on the pathway to Fellowship.  

 

It incorporates the skills associated with general practice, but also extends to learning a broader scope of practice and advanced skills.  

 

This is to assist doctors working in rural practice that require extended competencies and an exceptional capacity for self-reliance to care for patients.  

 

Rural practice has limited to no availability of some specialist services and equipment; therefore, the General Practitioner needs to have an extensive knowledge to be able to provide patients with appropriate health care to avoid patients having to travel long distances. 

 

Specifically, the Rural Generalist Medical Training Program is available to junior doctors pursuing a pathway to rural general practice in NSW. 

 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE? 

The program is for Junior doctors completing their foundation year (i.e. PGY1 or Intern).  

 

Alternatively, junior doctors can apply directly for RGTP Advanced Skills Training. 

 

Additionally, you need to be eligible for General AHPRA Registration and enrolled or in the process of enrolment in one of the following 3GA Training Programs: 

  • Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) 
  • Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS) 
  • Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) Independent Pathway 

 

You will also need to demonstrate a commitment to rural practice and rural communities and a desire to further educate yourself and meet the requirements of the position. 

 

Earliest commencement of the program will be at the start of your postgraduate year 2 (PGY2). 

 

WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM INVOLVE? 

The program lasts for four years, depending on your year of entry. 

 

As part of the program, you will complete the following: 

  • You will undertake 1 year of either hospital practice or general practice 
  • 1 year of advanced skills training 
  • 2 years of support to consolidate advanced skills whilst practicing in community general practice 

 

If successful, you will exit the program having achieved a Fellowship with either RACGP or ACRRM. Additionally, you will be qualified in at least 1 advanced skill. 

 

All training in advanced skills will be overseen by the relevant speciality college and doctors will receive qualifications to meet the accreditation standards of the college.  

 

I AM NOT IN NSW, IS THERE A PROGRAM I CAN JOIN? 

Most states have an established rural generalist training program. Below is a list of rural generalist training programs in different states: 

 

  • QLD – Rural Generalist Pathway 
  • SA – Road to Rural General Practice Program 
  • TAS – Rural Generalist Pathway 
  • VIC – General Practice – Rural Generalist Program 
  • WA – Rural Practice Pathway 

 

Arrangements for these programs vary, so we would suggest checking the eligibility and requirements of each program before applying. 

 

HOW WE CAN HELP YOU: 

If you are looking for further guidance on Rural Generalist Programs or would like to ask further questions about the information mentioned, this is something our team can help you with. Contact us directly on admin@peoplemedical.com.au. 

 

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