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Clinical genetics

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Clinical genetics is a sub-specialty that is taking on greater importance in the management of patients throughout their lives. Genetic mutations that lead to disease processes are being constantly identified. As a result, our ability to provide timely and useful advice to patients and families is steadily improving. Clinical genetics requires trainees to become well schooled in both the science of genetics and the art of genetic counselling. In addition to developing skills in syndrome identification, it is also necessary to understand the complexities and limitations of the different tests that are currently available. With the rapid progress in technology, it is necessary for clinical geneticists to be in touch with the latest advances in the field so that they are able to provide the best available advice during consultations. Trainees must become skilled in critical assessment of relevant literature.

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36–40 hours/week
average time worked
$193,377 – $348,004/year
average salary
3 years Basic Training + 3 years Advanced Training years
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Clinical genetics
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)
   
Clinical genetics is a sub-specialty that is taking on greater importance in the management of patients throughout their lives. Genetic mutations that lead to disease processes are being constantly identified. As a result, our ability to provide timely and useful advice to patients and families is steadily improving. Clinical genetics requires trainees to become well schooled in both the science of genetics and the art of genetic counselling. In addition to developing skills in syndrome identification, it is also necessary to understand the complexities and limitations of the different tests that are currently available. With the rapid progress in technology, it is necessary for clinical geneticists to be in touch with the latest advances in the field so that they are able to provide the best available advice during consultations. Trainees must become skilled in critical assessment of relevant literature.
https://www.racp.edu.au/trainees/advanced-training/advanced-training-programs/clinical-genetics
$3,426
36–40
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0
3 years Basic Training + 3 years Advanced Training
Undersubscribed
49 (AM)
No
N/A
Entry requirements for Advanced Training in Clinical genetics through RACP:
- Completion of RACP Basic Physician Training, including the RACP Written and Clinical Examinations
- Current Medical registration
- Appointment to an appropriate Advanced Training position
Entry requirements for RACP Basic Training:
- Complete a medical degree accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) or Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ);
- Have a general medical registration with the Medical Board of Australia, or a medical registration with a general scope of practice with the MCNZ if applying in New Zealand;
- Have satisfactorily completed at least one intern year (post graduate year one); Be employed by an accredited training hospital or health services (where you will do your Basic Training);
- Discuss your application and receive approval to apply for Basic Training from the hospital (or network) Director of Physician Education (DPE)*. Approval of the DPE is subject to selection processes, training capacity and/or performance of the prospective trainee.

For more details visit: college website.
Applications are made online via the
college website.
NB: Registration with the RACP does not mean that you are automatically on a training network and you should refer to the state-based websites regarding employment.
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$193,377 – $348,004
Basic training written exam: $1,820
Basic training clinical exam: $2,723

Advanced training For more information visit https://www.racp.edu.au/become-a-physician/membership-fees
$4,543 basic training + advanced training (enquire with RACP)
For advanced training in clinical genetics – 36 months of certified training time consisting of:
- 30 months core training
- 12 months general clinical genetics
- 6 months non-core training

Assessment includes:
- 1 research project
- Completion of an approved university genetics course
- Laboratory experience
- Completion of a tertiary counselling course (recommended)
Applications are due mid-February.
2 – Advanced training entry after completion of basic training

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