General Pathology

General pathologists rely upon a broad understanding of the pathophysiology of disease, the diagnostic value of individual tests and the workings of a laboratory to deal with the diagnosis and management of disease.

Clinical Practice

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.

Statistics and information - General Pathology

Number of specialists - QLD

Number of new fellows - QLD

Number of specialists - AUS

Number of new fellows - AUS

Average weekly hours
QLD

Average Age
QLD

% Aged 60+
QLD

67% of the QLD 2017 workforce intend to retire by 2027

Proportion Female/Male - QLD

Male
Female

Location - QLD

Regional
Major cities

Public/Private QLD

Private
Public

Number of trainees - QLD

Number of new trainees - QLD

Number of trainees - AUS

Number of new trainees - AUS

PGY new trainees - QLD

Proportion Female/Male - QLD

Male
Female

Length of Training

5 years full-time

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

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.

Training program overview

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.

Eligibility

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.

Flexibility

Minimum 20% of full-time commitment.

Interrupted training

Allowed - no limit is placed on the time taken to complete training.