The Advanced Training Program in Rheumatology allows adequate time for you to gain the necessary learning experiences across a range of relevant rotations during your 3-year total training period (36 months FTE).
You must complete your Advanced Training at 2 settings.
A minimum of 24 months (FTE) of core training in accredited clinical training position must be completed at separate sites and precede your non-core training.
A maximum of 12 months (FTE) of non-core training can be undertaken in other clinical training disciplines or in research. Your non-core training year can take on a number of forms.
It’s expected that your non-core training follows on from your core training. Trainees who wish to apply for and complete non-core training prior to commencing core training in rheumatology need to apply for consideration to the Advanced Training Committee (ATC) or Aotearoa New Zealand Advanced Training Subcommittee (ATS) in Rheumatology. Each application for non-core training will be considered on a case-by-case basis for approval by the entire ATC/ATS.
If you're considering entering Advanced Training in Rheumatology and want to have a training period prior to entering recognised as non-core training, it's suggested that you have had at least 1 supervising rheumatologist during that training period.
Aotearoa New Zealand Advanced trainees: The ATS will prospectively approve those rotations which are closely related to rheumatology only, on a case-by-case basis.
A rheumatology clinical year in an accredited site for core rheumatology training or non-core rheumatology clinical training.
Advance notice to the ATC in Rheumatology isn’t required if your non-core year is to be a clinical year in an accredited training site.
Clinical research: A clinical research year where you’re involved in a major clinical research project, either your own development or as a contributor to an ongoing research project. Publication in a peer-reviewed journal will be an expected outcome.
You’re required to attend a minimum of 1 general rheumatology clinic per week in addition to your clinical research work.
Higher research degree: You can also spend a research year relevant to rheumatology studying in a higher research degree program such as a PhD, MD Research or a Masters of Public Health. You must study full-time.
Trainees who commenced in 2023 onwards are required to attend 1 general rheumatology clinic per week.
Trainees who commenced before 2023 are encouraged to attend 1 general rheumatology clinic per week.
Gain experience in other specialties or disciplines related to rheumatology, such as general medicine, general paediatrics or ultrasonography.
Dual trainees: Those applying for non-core training before core training will have their non-core training prospectively approved, provided it meets the guidelines. Certification will be deferred until a minimum of 12 months of your core training has been certified.
For rotations in research and other specialties, a detailed letter should be submitted to the ATC/ATS by 31 August. The letter should outline:
- your experience to date
- your aims for the non-core year
- how this may contribute to a continuing career in rheumatology
Depending on whether the year is clinical or in research, details such as numbers and types of clinics per week, evidence of course acceptance, program hours, and subjects in a course may be relevant.
At least 12 months of core Advanced Training in Rheumatology must be undertaken in Australia and/or Aotearoa New Zealand. This is to ensure that you receive adequate exposure to local practices and health services.