How do I become a Fellowed GP in Australia?

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How do I become a Fellowed GP in Australia?




You are required to have 4 years full time equivalent experience to be eligible to sit the RACGP Fellowship exams. 


IMGs can have their overseas experience assessed, and if it is assessed at 3 or more years, then this will contribute towards your time. 


You are required to have 47 weeks full time equivalent, fully comparable experience with an Australian General Practice, minimum to be eligible for the exams and 6 months must be “fully comparable” which means must contribute 100% to the time worked rather than, for example, being in after hours which is only considered to be 50% of the time worked. 


You will complete the requirements for RACGP Fellowship once you have passed the AKT, KFP and OSCE exam and have 5 years GP experience and 7 years postgraduate experience




To complete the requirements for ACRRM Fellowship, you’ll be required to complete one of the 3 accredited training pathways, which are:

  • Vocational Preparation Pathway
  • Remote Vocational Training Scheme, or
  • Independent Pathway



You’ll need to complete 4 years full time equivalent training, which includes the following:

  • Core Clinical Training, which is a hospital based term where you complete
    • general surgery
    • general internal medicine
    • obstetrics and gynaecology
    • paediatrics
    • anaesthetics, and
    • emergency medicine.
  • Primary Rural and Remote Training which is a term completed AFTER Core Clinical Training, will require you to complete:
    • a minimum of six months in community and primary care facilities
    • six months in hospital and emergency experience, and
    • a minimum of 12 months living and practising in a rural or remote setting
  • Advanced Specialised Training requires you to have 12 months of training in one of the following: 
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
    • Academic Practice
    • Adult Internal Medicine
    • Anaesthetics (JCCA)
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Mental Health
    • Obstetrics and Gynaecology (DRANZCOG Advanced)
    • Paediatrics
    • Palliative Care (Draft)
    • Population Health
    • Remote Medicine, or
    • Surgery


Doctors can have prior experience assessed to be considered towards the 4 years of training to be eligible for the exams. A maximum of 3 years will be considered for Independent Pathway, and 2 years for AGPT or RVTS. 


Clinical experience from overseas can be considered with competent authority countries recognised and other countries are considered case by case. 


You will complete the requirements for ACRRM Fellowship once you have passed the MiniCEX, AST formative assessment, MCQ, CBD, StAMPS, MSF, Procedural logbook, AST summative assessment and have 5 years GP experience and 7 years postgraduate experience



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