Training pathways

Every year, the RACP trains over 6,000 students in 33 diverse medical specialties, including six joint training programs.

What is my training pathway to become a Physician?

Your training pathway to become a Physician will depend on your chosen medical specialty. See the Advanced Training Programs page for a full list of specialties that you can train ​in at the RACP.

The RACP offers specialty Physician training in 33 diverse medical specialties as a part of Division, Chapter, or Faculty training programs.

Division training programs

26 specialties are offered in Adult Internal Medicine or Paediatrics and Child Health through our Division Training Programs.

Chapter training programs

Three specialty training programs are offered in Addiction Medicine, Palliative Medicine, and Sexual Health Medicine and through our Chapter Training Programs. In addition, we also offer a Clinical Diploma in Palliative Medicine.

Faculty training programs

Four specialty training programs are offered in Occupational and Environmental MedicinePublic Health MedicinePaediatrics Rehabilitation MedicineRehabilitation Medicine through our Faculty Training Programs.

How many trainees are completing each program?

View the RACP trainee numbers in Australia and New Zealand from the 2017 AMC and MCNZ progress report (PDF 73KB)

RACP Fellowship Training Pathways

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What is my pathway to become a Physician with a specialty that is a Division Training Program?

To become a Physician with a specialty that is offered as a Division training program, you will need to complete Basic Training before progressing to Advanced Training.

What is my pathway to become a Physician with a specialty that is a Chapter Training Program?

Addiction Medicine, Palliative Medicine or Sexual Health Medicine

To become a Physician with a specialty that is offered as a Chapter training program, you can enter the Advanced Training program through:

  • Completing Basic Training with the RACP
  • Holding an existing Fellowship with another compatible College

Check the Advanced Training handbook on your specialty page for details about compatible Colleges:

Clinical Diploma of Palliative Medicine

To apply for the Clinical Diploma in Palliative Medicine training program, trainees must:

  • Have completed an approved undergraduate Medical Degree (e.g. MBBS, MBChB)
  • Have a current registration with the Medical Board of Australia
  • Secure an accredited Advanced Training position with an accredited training site

What is my pathway to become a Physician with a specialty that is a Faculty Training Program?

Specialties that are part of the Faculty training programs have specific requirements that you will need to meet before you can start your training.

Learn more about the specific requirements for:

I would like to start my Physician training, but I am not sure which specialty I would like to specialise in yet. Can I start?

You do not need to know which specialty you would like to specialise in to start your Physician training.

Completing Basic Training will enable you to build the clinical knowledge and skills that you need to become a Physician, with the opportunity to choose a Division or Chapter specialty when you start Advanced Training.

If I have completed Basic Training, can I transition to a Faculty training program?

Basic Training will build the clinical knowledge and skills that you need to become a Physician, however to train in a Faculty program you will also need to meet additional requirements.

Learn more about the specific requirements for:

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