Immunopathologists work as part of multidisciplinary teams, practicing in both clinical and laboratory medicine, within both public and private sectors. Immunopathologists may directly manage patients, or may treat patients referred from other specialists who suspect an immune component to illness. Immunopathologists additionally provide advice to other medical practitioners and health care providers on a variety of disorders, such as recurrent miscarriage or in areas of transplantation medicine.
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.
Immunopathology training prepares trainees to provide expert diagnostic support for patients with immune disorder in their capacity as pathologists, and who can serve as consultants, educators and pathology scientists in the diagnosis and investigation of conditions of the immune system. Training may follow two pathways - RCPA fellowship or dual RCPA/RACP fellowship for trainees who wish to provide patient care as well as laboratory services. Training incorporates work-based learning and assessment across four general functions of immunopathology - 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 undertake joint RCPA/RACP training in immunology and allergy 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.