Becoming a Physician

Physicians perform a unique and vital role in the health-care of communities in Australia and New Zealand. As a Physician, you will have the opportunity to work in clinical and community health-care settings with a focus in one of 33 diverse medical specialties from public health to cardiology.

How do I become a Physician?

To become a Physician, you will need to undergo specialist Physician training. The RACP offers Physician training to build your professional skills and expertise in one of 33 medical specialties, including cardiology, neurology, gastroenterology and endocrinology.

Find out more about who a Physician is and what they do.

See a full list of the RACP Physician specialty training programs.

At the end of your Physician training, you will be accredited to work as a Physician in Australia or New Zealand. You can complete all or part of your Physician training with the RACP.

What is my training pathway to become a Physician?

Learn more about your training pathway to become a Physician.

Am I eligible for Physician training?

Learn more about the eligibility criteria to train as a Physician.

How do I apply for Physician training?

Learn more about how to apply for Physician training.

 

What is it like to train with the RACP?

At the RACP, you will:

Depending on your training pathway, your Physician training with the RACP may include both Basic and Advanced Training, or only Advanced Training.

Basic Training

Basic Training is the foundation of Physician training and the first step to becoming a Physician at the RACP. Basic Trainees build on clinical skills and knowledge gained during their initial medical degrees to develop professional qualities, attitudes and behaviours.

Find out more about the Basic Training program.

Advanced Training

Advanced Training allows trainees to continue developing their knowledge and skills through a chosen clinical specialty. Depending on your chosen specialty, you may enter Advanced Training directly, or complete Basic Training first. Specialties that do not require trainees to complete Basic Training to enter Advanced Training will have other entry requirements.

Find out more about the Advanced Training specialty training programs.

What are the fees to train with the RACP to become a Physician?

To train as a Physician with the RACP, you will need to pay an annual training fee. There are also fees for examinations and other associated training fees that you may need to pay.

Find out more about the training fees to become a Physician.

I have completed my specialist training overseas. Can I practise as a Physician in Australia or New Zealand?

If you have completed your Physician training overseas you may be eligible to practise as a Physician in Australia or New Zealand.

Find out more about the assessment process for overseas trained Physicians to practise in Australia or New Zealand.

Contact us

Australia
Phone: +61 02 9256 5444
Email: racp@racp.edu.au

New Zealand
Phone: +64 04 472 6713
Email: racp@racp.org.nz

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