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Geriatric Medicine

Interim changes to program requirements

Interim requirements for all trainees are listed under the training requirements in this handbook. This follows a review by the Advanced Training Committee in Geriatric Medicine and the Aotearoa New Zealand Advanced Training Subcommittee in Geriatric Medicine. You're expected to satisfactorily complete the 2021 training program requirements where possible. The interim changes made are to provide flexibility and support to trainees who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. See COVID-19 FAQs and education and training changes for additional information.

Program overview

Geriatrican consulting with their patientIn Advanced Training in Geriatric Medicine, you’ll explore in-depth specialty training in the diagnosis and management of complex and/or multifactorial internal medicine disorders that impact the cognition and functional status of the older person. You will train under supervision and prepare for independent practice as a consultant. The program builds your skills through work-based learning and assessment tools.

Program updates

See announced interim changes to program requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Advanced Training in Geriatric Medicine Program is evaluated biennially by the Advanced Training Committee (ATC) in Geriatric Medicine and the Aotearoa New Zealand Advanced Training Subcommittee (ATS) in Geriatric Medicine to ensure that it’s in line with educational best practice. Changes in program requirements may occur and could impact your training plan. The College will provide sufficient notice prior to implementing any change. You must always ensure you’re following the correct requirements during your training.

Entry requirements

Prospective trainees must have:

  • completed RACP Basic Training, including the Written and Clinical Examinations
  • a current medical registration
  • been appointed to an appropriate Advanced Training Position

New and current trainees need to apply for Advanced Training each year.

Duration

Advanced Training in Geriatric Medicine requires 3 years (36 months) of full-time equivalent (FTE) training.

Fellowship

Once you’ve completed all requirements of your training and the ATC/ATS has recommended you for admission, the College will invite you to apply for Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

New Fellows receive formal notification from the College of their successful admission to Fellowship and a letter confirming the completion of their training.

As a Fellow in active practice in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand or overseas, you’ll need to meet the annual requirements of the Continuing Professional Development program.

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