As a rheumatologist, you can look forward to developing genuine long-term treatment relationships with a diverse group of patients, take part in exciting research opportunities and enjoy a good work-life balance. Many of the conditions we deal with are chronic multisystem conditions that require a broad knowledge of medicine. Rheumatologists are often asked to figure out the most difficult diagnostic cases.
Choosing rheumatology could be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make!
Dr Paul Kubler
Rheumatologists provide care within both public and private health care settings, working collaboratively with other doctors and health professionals to help their patients manage pain and preserve musculoskeletal function.
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.
Rheumatology advanced training may be undertaken following completion of requirements for basic training with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). The rheumatology training program incorporates work-based learning and assessment, with successful trainees attaining the qualification of FRACP with accreditation to practise as a Rheumatologist 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).