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Nuclear Medicine

Interim changes to program requirements

Interim requirements for all trainees are now listed under training requirements in this handbook. This follows a review by the Committee for Joint College Training Committee in Nuclear Medicine.

Trainees are 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 also COVID-19 FAQs and education and training changes.

Program overview

Nuclear MedicineIn Advanced Training in Nuclear Medicine, you’ll explore a depth of specialty training in using radiopharmaceuticals (radioisotopes) in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. 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 Nuclear Medicine Program is evaluated biennially by the Committee for Joint College Training (CJCT) in Nuclear 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

RACP

Prospective trainees must have:

  • completed RACP Basic Training, including Written and Clinical Examinations
  • a current medical registration
  • been appointed to an appropriate Advanced Training position
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR)

Prospective trainees must have:

  • completed the RANZCR Clinical Radiology Part 2 Examinations
  • a current medical registration
  • an appointment to an appropriate Advanced Training position
  • a minimum of 4 years of accredited radiology training
  • completed all system focused training and work-based assessment requirements including research

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

Positron Emission Tomography trainees

Eligible trainees for Positron Emission Tomography (PET) training are nuclear medicine specialists, who are a Fellow of the RACP or RANZCR, that:

  • completed their Advanced Training prior to 2005
    OR
  • began their PET training from 2016 onwards

Specialists can enter PET training at any time. Refer to the PET training requirements. All other training program requirements do not apply to PET trainees.

Once training requirements are complete, trainees will receive a confirmation letter certifying the completion of their PET training.

Duration

RACP trainees

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

RANZCR trainees

Advanced Training in Nuclear Medicine requires 2 years (24 months) of FTE training.

Fellowship

RACP trainees

Once you've completed all requirements of your training and the CJCT in Nuclear Medicine 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.

RANZCR trainees

RANZCR trainees cannot qualify for RACP Fellowship. Trainees will receive a letter confirming their completion of the Nuclear Medicine Advanced Training Program.

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