Adult Internal Medicine

2019 Handbook

Program overview

Basic Training 2019 Handbook

Basic Training in Adult Internal Medicine is the start of the minimum six-year training program to become a Physician. This program includes a broad exposure to a comprehensive range of discipline areas that can be further developed during a subsequent Advanced Training program. Learning occurs primarily in the workplace, supported and supervised by consultants and peers.  

Program updates

All our Basic Training Programs are evaluated biennially by overseeing committees to ensure they are in line with educational best practice. The Basic Training Curricula Renewal Project may result in the revision of requirements outside of this cycle. Changes to the training program that could substantially impact trainees will be implemented following an extended period of notice. Make sure that you're following the correct guidelines during your training.

About the 2019 program requirements

Note: There are no program requirement changes to the Basic Training in Adult Internal Medicine Program in 2020.

Entry requirements

Prospective trainees must have:

  • current general medical registration with the Medical Board of Australia if undertaking training in Australia, or medical registration with general scope of practice with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) if undertaking training in New Zealand
  • an appointment to an appropriate training position at an accredited training hospital or health service where you will carry out your Basic Training
  • discussed your application and received approval to apply for Basic Training from the hospital (or network) Director of Physician Education (DPE). The DPE’s approval is subject to selection processes, training capacity and/or performance of the prospective trainee. Australian trainees are required to have their online application approved by their DPE.

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


Basic Training in Adult Internal Medicine requires 3 years of full-time equivalent (FTE) training. Training completed previously outside Australia or New Zealand may be applied for as Recognition of Prior Learning. See the Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the RACP to confirm your eligibility before submitting your application.


Successful trainees are permitted to enrol in Advanced Training within five years of completing Basic Training. Eligibility is dependent on the completion of all requirements of training. At the end of your Advanced Training and the overseeing committee has recommended you for admission, the RACP will invite you to apply for Fellowship of the applicable Division, Faculty or Chapter of the RACP.

All Fellows in Australia, New Zealand and overseas in active practice must continue to demonstrate they meet the requirements of a Continuing Professional Development program on an annual basis.

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