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
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.
6 years full-time (3 years basic training, 3 years advanced training)
College-selected trainees may be allocated to a training post by:
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.
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.
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).