Gaining exposure to the different disciplines of clinical and anatomical pathology provides the satisfaction of synthesising the many aspects of diagnosis, monitoring, and follow-up of medically complex patients. The ability to oversee laboratory administration of these areas makes General Pathologists a valuable addition to non-tertiary centres.
Dr Kevin Hardin
General pathologists work within multidisciplinary teams, supervising laboratories within both the public and private sectors. General pathologists often work collaboratively with other medical practitioners and health care professionals, often providing consultation services to clinicians, guiding their choice of specimen or test or providing interpretation of diagnostic tests.
5 years full-time
College-selected trainees may be allocated to a training post by:
Appointments to Queensland Pathology Training Programs 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.
General pathology training incorporates microbiology, haematology and clinical chemistry (with relevant immunopathology and genetic pathology) and equips trainees with the skills to adequately function as a consultant in all disciplines. Training incorporates work-based learning and assessment across four general functions of general 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). Fellows in general pathology may elect to undertake post-fellowship training leading to a Diploma in Forensic Pathology.
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.