Infectious Diseases and Microbiology

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Program overview

ProgCov-Infectious-Diseas&Microbiology-joint-handbook-2017-18In Advanced Training in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, you will explore a depth of 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

All our Advanced Training programs are evaluated biennially by overseeing committees to ensure they are in line with educational best practice. Changes in program requirements may occur and could impact your training plan. Please ensure you are following the correct guidelines during your training. You can find the latest changes in the 2019-20 program updates

Entry requirements

Prospective trainees must have:

  • completed RACP Basic Physician Training (including written and clinical exams)
  • hold a current medical registration
  • been appointed to an appropriate Advanced Training Position

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


The Advanced Training in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology program requires five years of full-time equivalent (FTE) training. The program combines two years advanced infectious diseases training
with three years laboratory training in microbiology.

General Principles of the Joint Training Programs

  • It is RCPA policy that trainees with Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) are not eligible to undertake joint RACP/RCPA Advanced Training programs. Similarly, trainees who choose to receive FRACP before completion of a joint RACP/RCPA Advanced Training program will not be eligible to continue training in any joint RACP/RCPA program.
  • Joint trainees must be registered with both the RCPA and the Committee for Joint College Training (CJCT) in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology.
  • Joint trainees are required to sit the same examinations as RCPA trainees in microbiology and to attain the same standard.


Successful trainees will be admitted to the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) and the Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (FRCPA). Eligibility is dependent on the completion of all requirements of training. Once the overseeing committee has recommended you for admission, the College will invite you to apply for Fellowship.

New Fellows will receive formal notification from the College that they have been admitted to Fellowship and receive a letter confirming the completion of their training. All Fellows in Australia, New Zealand and overseas in active practice must meet the requirements of a Continuing Professional Development program.

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