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Training on the NSW Rural Generalist Medical Training Program takes up to four years, depending on the year of entry. This includes meeting the requirements for general practice training and training in an advanced skill.

Positions for the 2019 NSW Rural Generalist Medical Training Program Foundation Year will be advertised on the JMO recruitment system in mid September 2018.

No. Applicants who wish to commence in the NSW Rural Generalist Medical Training Program as Rural Generalist Foundation Year Trainees as PGY2 doctors, may apply to both NSW Rural Generalist Medical Training Program and the AGPT during their intern year.

Eligibility for the RGTP is on the basis that the trainee is either currently enrolled, or working towards enrolment on a general practice training pathway during the rural Generalist Foundation Year.  Proof of enrolment is required prior to commencement of the advanced skills training year.  Trainees may be enrolled in the AGPT, RVTS or ACRRM independent pathway.

The majority of AST positions are allocated to trainees already on the NSW Rural Generalist Medical Training Program who are eligible to progress to the AST year. Only vacant AST positions are available for lateral entry to the NSW Rural Generalist Medical Training Program.  Only vacant advanced skills training positions will be available for lateral entry to the NSW Rural Generalist Medical Training Program. These positions are advertised each year as part of the NSW Junior Medical Officer Recruitment Campaign that opens 19 July 2018.

All applicants for the NSW Rural Generalist Medical Training Program must be enrolled or have an application pending with either of the general practice colleges. Applicants from other college training programs are not eligible for the NSW Rural Generalist Medical Training Program, unless they are also concurrently enrolled with either the RACGP or ACRRM.

NSW Rural Generalist Medical Training Program trainees must be enrolled on a general practice training pathway prior to commencing advanced skills training.  The NSW Rural Generalist Medical Training Program is undertaken in conjunction with general practice training.

A rural generalist is a general practitioner with at least one advanced skill.  While the required advanced skills for the Rural Generalist pathway is an optional component of the FRACGP training, it is a required component of the FACRRM and the FARGP curricula.

The advanced skills training component takes a minimum 12 months full time.

Local Health Districts employ trainees under the Medical Officer’s Award during the period of advanced skills training.

Continuity of training and volume of clinical practice is critical to enable trainees to develop and maintain skills. Therefore part-time training positions will only be considered where there is agreement between the Health Education and Training Institute, the relevant Local Health District and the GP training provider that training requirements will be met.  Supervision and rostering arrangements must also be considered.  Further, trainees should additionally obtain advice from their general practice training provider as to what impact part-time advanced skills training will have on general practice training.

Like part-time training, job share arrangements are considered if all parties are in agreement and they meet training requirements as specified by the relevant College.

Following successful completion of the advanced skills training year, trainees can apply to the local health service for a contract as a Visiting Medical Officer to practice medicine in the area of their advanced skills training.