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Educational Overview

The College offers 60 training pathways, which lead to the award of one of seven qualifications and allow for registration in 34 fields of specialty practice with the Medical Board of Australia, or nine vocational scopes of practice with the Medical Council of New Zealand.

Physician Readiness for Expert Practice (PREP) is the name of the College's educational framework, first introduced in 2008. PREP is a comprehensive system of education incorporating Basic Training, Advanced Training, and Chapter and Faculty Training.

The key principles of the PREP training philosophy are:

  • Supportive learning environment - trainees are provided with a supportive educational framework that will guide them through a defined learning pathway.
  • Trainee-centred, physician-led approach - supervisors aim to foster a learning culture within each heathcare setting which allows trainees to tailor learning experiences to meet their individual needs
  • Reflective practice - through enquiry and personal reflection, trainees develop skills for reflective practice necessary for continuous learning and professional practice.

PREP training programs are delivered in workplace settings and are required to take place under supervision. Each PREP training program is supported by:

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