General Medicine

General medicine physicians diagnose, treat and manage patients with complex, chronic and multi-system disorders. A General Medicine Physician’s clinical practice is not limited by patient age, diagnostic category, stage of disease, treatment intent or clinical setting.

I enjoy General Medicine because of the broad range of people and conditions that we look after every day. It provides me with a career which addresses longitudinal care for people with chronic disease as well as the challenge of looking after people with acute illness, often while sorting out diagnostic dilemmas, multiple disease processes along with complex social situations. No other specialty presents this variety of work.


General Medicine also is often the engine room for much of the teaching in our hospitals. The thing I like best is when the patients and their families thank me for talking to them, often with the words “no-one else explained this to me”.

Associate Professor Nick Buckmaster
General Medicine Physician

Clinical Practice

General medicine physicians coordinate patient care across acute hospital and ambulatory settings. General medicine physicians work collaboratively with other specialists from a variety of disciplines, as well as with primary care providers and allied health professionals.

Statistics and information - General Medicine

Number of specialists - QLD

Number of new fellows - QLD

Number of specialists - AUS

Number of new fellows - AUS

Average weekly hours

Average Age

% Aged 60+

37% of 2018 workforce intend to retire by 2028

Proportion Female/Male - QLD


Location - QLD

Major cities

Public/Private QLD


Number of trainees - QLD

Number of new trainees - QLD

Number of trainees - AUS

Number of new trainees - AUS

2020 QLD Training Program Selections (First Year)

Eligible Applications Received
Applicants Selected

The data on this page compares the number of applicants that were selected to commence their first year of training in Queensland in 2020 to the total number of eligible applications*

The data was sourced from the relevant medical specialist college, or from selection committees coordinated by a Queensland Health pathway/network, or an individual facility.


This data reflects a point in time figure for the selection of applicants commencing the first year of an accredited training program in the 2020 clinical year.

The collection of the selection data occurred prior to the declaration of a public health emergency in Queensland due to the COVID-19 pandemic (29 January 2020).

* eligible applications are determined by selection committees according to the eligibility criteria and required documentation prescribed by the relevant medical specialist college.

The data on this page compares the number of applicants that were selected to commence their first year of training in Queensland in 2020 to the total number of eligible applications.

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PGY new trainees - QLD

Proportion Female/Male - QLD


Length of Training

6 years full-time (3 years basic training, 3 years advanced training)

Method of Allocation

College-selected trainees may be allocated to a training post by:

  • College
  • Queensland Health pathway/network (centrally coordinated)
  • Queensland Health facility (accredited for training)

Training and assessment summary

The Queensland General Medicine Advanced Training Network is a centralised state-wide recruitment process for advanced training positions in general medicine in accredited Queensland hospitals.

Training program overview

General and Acute Care Medicine advanced training may be undertaken in either Adult Medicine or Paediatrics and Child Health, following completion of requirements for basic training with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). The general medicine program incorporates work-based learning and assessment with successful trainees attaining the qualification of FRACP with accreditation to practise as a General Medicine Physician 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.

Interrupted training

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).

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Regional Training Pathways