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FAQs

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 NSW Rural Generalist Medical Training Program Foundation Year will be advertised through the ROB JMO recruitment system.

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 (direct) 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.

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 FRACGP-RG 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.

No, all AST posts are full-time for at least 12 months.

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.