An overview of paeds training: post-internship (at least PGY2) one can apply to the Royal College of Physicians and register as a trainee. Basic training is 3 years, comprised of core and non-core rotations. Once you have done at least 24 months of training, you qualify to sit for the RACP written exam (usually held March of every year). The next hurdle is the RACP clinical exam (usually hed July/August). I will talk about these next time.
In recent years, paeds has been gradually getting more popular among local graduates. It is foreseen that getting into a paeds training programme in a couple of years could be more difficult.
OTDs generally are expected to have relevant paediatric experience prior to getting a paediatric job in Oz. In my hospital, majority of the OTDs would have finished at least basic training (or residency) in paeds in their country. It is preferred if you have worked in a western country.
This year, RACP has required OTDs to have full registration (i.e. passed AMC MCQ/clinical and worked at least 1 year in Oz) prior to being accepted as a trainee. Options for those who don’t have these qualifications are to work as an RMO/SHO in paeds or work as a service registrar and not register as a trainee.Share on Facebook
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