Medical Specialist Fellowships in Australia

Last updated: 6 December 2017

What is a medical fellow?

In medicine the term ‘fellow’ is used to describe an individual who has completed advanced training in an area of medicine or surgery to become a specialist in that field.

Duration 3-7 years FT
Pre-requisites Medical Degree
Internship
Residency

The various academic institutions representing each specialty have their own rules, and precise training requirements vary between institutions. Generally having completed the basic medical degree, an internship, and one or two years of residency, a doctor may enter specialty training.

Specialty training varies from 3 years to 7 years depending on the specialty. Trainee specialist doctors known as registrars are closely supervised by fully qualified specialists through these years. They sit examinations and undergo rigorous training, eventually being elected to Fellowship when they have successfully completed all training requirements.

List of medical specialist fellowships in Australia

Qualification Specialties Organisation
ACD Dermatology The Australasian College of Dermatologists
ACEM Emergency Medicine Australasian College for Emergency Medicine
AChPM Palliative Medicine The Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Australasian Chapter of Palliative Care
ACRRM General Practice – Rural Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
AFOEM Occupational Medicine The Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
AFPHM • Public Health Medicine The Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine
AFRM Rehabilitation Medicine The Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
ANZCA Anaesthesia
Intensive Care
Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
FPMANZCA Pain Management Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, Faculty of Pain Medicine
JFICM Intensive Care Medicine Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine
RACDS (OMS) Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons
RACGP General Practice The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
RACMA Medical Administration The Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators
RACP General Medicine
General Paediatrics
Cardiology
Clinical Genetics
• Clinical Pharmacology
• Community Child Health
Endocrinology
Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Geriatric Medicine
Haematology
Immunology and Allergy
Infectious diseases
Medical Oncology
Nephrology
Neurology
Nuclear Medicine
Palliative Medicine
Respiratory and Sleep Medicine
Rheumatology
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Adult Medicine Division and Paediatric and Child Health Division
RACS General Surgery
Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Neurosurgery
Orthopaedic Surgery
Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Paediatric Surgery
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Urology
Vascular Surgery
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
RANZCO Ophthalmology The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Opthalmologists
RANZCOG Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Gynaecological Oncology
Maternal Fetal Medicine
Obstetrical and Gynaecological Ultrasound
Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Urogynaecology
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
RANZCP Psychiatry The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
RANZCR Diagnostic Radiology
Diagnositc Ultrasound
Nuclear Medicine
Radiation Oncology
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists
RCPA General Pathology
Anatomical Pathology
Cytopathology
Forensic Pathology
Chemical Pathology
Haematology
Immunology
• Microbiology
The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia

Adapted from The AMC’s List of Australian Recognised Medical Specialties Acrobat pdf and Schedule 4 of the Health Insurance Regulations 1975

 

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