The holistic nature of gastroenterology appealed to me over other procedural specialties, and since I started it has only grown in scope and relevance. It is the perfect mix of intellectual stimulation and practical activity. Within gastroenterology there are many varied subspecialties, so there is something for everyone.
I appreciate being able to help people and improve their quality of life, often with quite simple interventions. I have never regretted choosing gastroenterology over other career paths, and would do the same again.
Dr Ruth Hodgson
Gastroenterologists work within both public and private facilities to provide high quality, comprehensive care for their patients. Many Gastroenterologists additionally work within academic settings, performing the bulk of research into gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures, as well as the interpretation of results. Because of this, Gastroenterologists are often required to provide consultant services to other physicians and surgeons who perform these procedures.
6 years full-time (3 years basic training, 3 years advanced training)
College-selected trainees may be allocated to a training post by:
For detailed information in relation to training and assessment requirements, please contact RACP.
Gastroenterology and Hepatology advanced training may be undertaken following completion of requirements for basic training with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). Training incorporates work-based learning and assessment, with successful trainees attaining the qualification of FRACP with accreditation to practice as an Gastroenterologist in Australia or New Zealand.
Applicants must hold current medical registration, have completed RACP basic training requirements and have secured appointment to an appropriate advanced training position.
Minimum 40% of full-time commitment. Training must be completed within 8 years.
Allowed. Interruptions of more than 12 continuous months may require additional assessments (determined on a case-by-case basis). Interruptions of more than 24 continuous months may require additional training time and/or assessments (determined on a case-by-case basis).