Chemical pathologists combine the sciences of clinical medicine, biochemistry, physics, technology, computing and management into a single career. Biochemistry is fundamental to life and our discipline aptly accounts for more than half the workflow in pathology laboratories.
For the scientifically minded Chemical Pathology provides a wide scope of great career opportunities. The ability to apply basic science to benefit patients is especially rewarding.
Dr Jacobus Ungerer
Chemical pathologists oversee laboratories, within both public and private settings, to ensure lab conditions enable accuracy of testing, interpretation, reporting and communication of results. Clinically, chemical pathologists play an important role in treating patients with metabolic disturbances relating to the body’s internal chemistry.
5 years full-time
College-selected trainees may be allocated to a training post by:
Appointments to Queensland Pathology Training Programs https://www.health.qld.gov.au/employment/work-for-us/clinical/medical/recruitment/training/pathology are coordinated by the Medical Support Unit, Pathology Queensland (Health Support Queensland) in conjunction with Pathology Queensland's State Directors and Coordinators of Education and Training. Pathology recruitment is centralised by discipline/sub-specialty and not by facility. Training is accredited through the RCPA.
Chemical pathology training encompasses the techniques, management and administration of a chemical pathology laboratory and incorporates work-based learning and assessment across four general functions of chemical pathologists - discipline specific functions as a medical specialist in a laboratory, functions as a manager in the laboratory, research and scholarship and professional attributes. Upon completing all requirements of the training program, trainees may apply for admission to Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (FRCPA). Trainees may elect to undertake joint RCPA/RACP training in chemical pathology and endocrinology, with successful trainees attaining the qualification of FRCPA and Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
Applicants must hold registration as a medical practitioner with a minimum of 2 years of postgraduate experience. Applicants must be employed in an accredited laboratory before seeking registration with the college.
Minimum 20% of full-time commitment.
Allowed - no limit is placed on the time taken to complete training.