Infectious Diseases and Microbiology

2019-20 Handbook

Program overview

Infectious Diseases and Microbiology

In Advanced Training in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, you’ll explore in-depth specialty training in the various clinical, laboratory and public health aspects of infectious diseases medicine and microbiology. You will train under supervision and prepare for independent practice as a consultant. The program builds on your skills through work-based assessments and learning tools.

The Advanced Training in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology program is a joint program between the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and Royal College of Pathologists Australasia (RCPA).

Program updates

The Advanced Training in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology program is evaluated biennially by its Advanced Training Committee to ensure that it’s in line with educational best practice. Changes in program requirements may occur and could impact your training plan. You must ensure you’re following the correct requirements during your training.

View 2019-20 program updates

Entry requirements

Prospective trainees must:

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

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

Joint Training Program requirements

  • Joint trainees must be registered with both the RCPA and the Committee for Joint College Training in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology.
  • Joint trainees are required to sit the same examinations as RCPA trainees in microbiology, the same standard.
  • Applicants who are already a Fellow of the RACP are ineligible to partake in joint RACP/RCPA Advanced Training Programs under RCPA policy.
  • Trainees who accept admission to Fellowship of the RACP before the completion of their joint RACP/RCPA Advanced Training Program will become ineligible to continue their training in any joint RACP/RCPA program.

Duration

The Advanced Training in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology program requires 5 years of full-time equivalent (FTE) training: 2 years advanced infectious diseases training and 3 years laboratory training in microbiology.

Qualification

Once a trainee has completion of all requirements of training and the Committee for Joint College Training has recommended you for admission, the College will invite you to apply for Fellowship of the RACP.

An invitation to apply for Fellowship of the RCPA will also be extended to the trainee.

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, New Zealand or overseas, you’ll need to meet the annual requirements of the Continuing Professional Development program.

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