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Gastroenterology and hepatology


Gastroenterology and hepatology are branches of internal medicine (usually practised together) that are concerned with the prevention, investigation, treatment of and research into illnesses involving the gastrointestinal tract and liver.

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36–40 hours/week
average time worked
$150,000 – $400,000 $348,000 median/year
average salary
3 years Basic Training + 3 years Advanced Training years
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The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)
Gastroenterology and hepatology are branches of internal medicine (usually practised together) that are concerned with the prevention, investigation, treatment of and research into illnesses involving the gastrointestinal tract and liver.
$3,426 per training year
3 years Basic Training + 3 years Advanced Training
124 (Adult Medicine), 14 (Paediatrics and Child Health)
Entry requirements for Advanced Training in gastroenterology and hepatology 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:
$150,000 – $400,000 $348,000 median
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)
Time-based requirements - Training time and rotations
Purpose: To ensure adequate time for trainees to gain necessary learning experiences across a range of relevant rotations.
Total training time: 3 years (36 months (FTE))
Training rotations:
- 24 months core training
- 12 months non-core training
It is expected that trainees will decide to undertake either a clinical stream of training with three clinical years, or an academic stream with two clinical years of training and one non-core year as part of a PhD or MD. Deciding on which stream a trainee intends to pursue is an important decision, as those undertaking only two clinical years will need to ensure that they have a welldeveloped plan as to how they will cover the curriculum over the two-year period.

Core training
A minimum of 24 months (FTE) must be spent in accredited clinical training positions.

Non-core training
In Australia, a maximum of 12 months of non-core training may be undertaken in clinical training in related disciplines or Gastroenterology research. In New Zealand, the overseeing committee will prospectively approve, on a case-by-case basis, only those rotations that are closely related to Gastroenterology as non-core training for up to a maximum of 12 months.
Non-core training cannot precede core training except where trainees are undertaking dual training or a higher degree during their non-core training. In those cases, training will be approved and certification deferred until it is clear that the trainee will complete the curriculum requirements during the two core years.

Training time in Australia/New Zealand
At least 24 months of Advanced Training in Gastroenterology must be undertaken in Australia and/or New Zealand. This is to ensure that trainees receive adequate exposure to local practices and health services.

Other requirements:
- It is strongly recommended that all trainees complete their Advanced Training at more than one training site.
- Within the three-year clinical stream training program, trainees who started Advanced Training in Gastroenterology from 2013 onwards must spend at least six months at a site other than the primary training hospital. It is preferred that trainees in this stream undertake no more than 24 months of core training at any one site.
- Over the two years of core training, trainees must gain out-of-hours experience. This should be the equivalent of at least 12 months of one in four weekends on-call.

Applications are due mid-February.
2 – Advanced training entry after completion of basic training

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