Your GP training journey starts here
Are you working in a hospital and thinking about the medical specialty for you?
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GP as a career has the breadth, scope and complexity of treating patients of any age and gender and sees patients through all stages of illness. This creates enormous variety and is professionally challenging.
As a GP, you never know what is about to walk through the door. Each day, GPs investigate and analyse how culture, psychological and sociological circumstances affect people’s health and experience of disease. GPs use this understanding to empower patients to lead healthier lives.
The best journey to fellowship as a GP is on the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program. The AGPT program is offered through two GP training colleges, the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).
The ACRRM training pathway focuses on rural and remote medicine. The program is designed to expose registrars to a diverse range of health issues to prepare them for the challenges of rural and remote health care.
RACGP registrars have the option to train on the general or rural pathway. The RACGP pathway is designed to equip registrars with the skills and knowledge they need to practise as a GP in both metropolitan and rural locations.
Your road to GP starts with 12 months post-intern hospital training in an accredited Australian hospital. During this year you are required to complete mandatory hospital rotations, including:
- general medicine
- general surgery
- emergency medicine
Depending on which college, you will also be required to do:
- obstetrics and gynaecology.
After your hospital year, you will enter your GP vocational training terms with your training college of choice. This is where WA General Practice Education and Training (WAGPET) steps in. WAGPET the sole provider of the AGPT program in WA. The WAGPET training program offers on-the-job training, peer-based learning and mentoring from experienced GPs. This provides registrars with the real-world experience, insights and knowledge they need to become the GPs their communities need.
The final step on your GP vocational training journey is your fellowship exams. Your entire GP vocational training journey is designed to best prepare you for these exams. Once you pass, you are ready to practise independently as a GP!