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Medical oncology


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A medical oncologist is a consultant physician specialising in the investigation, study, diagnosis, management and treatment of benign and malignant growths, tumours, cancers and diseases.

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36–40 hours/week
average time worked
$140,000 – $180,000/year
average salary
3 years Basic Training + 3 years Advanced Training years
min full time
GP sub-specialty
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Medical oncology
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)
A medical oncologist is a consultant physician specialising in the investigation, study, diagnosis, management and treatment of benign and malignant growths, tumours, cancers and diseases.
https://www.racp.edu.au/docs/default-source/default-document-library/at-medical-oncology-handbook-2017-18.pdf?sfvrsn= 6
29 (AM); 4 (PCH)
3 years Basic Training + 3 years Advanced Training
172 (adult medicine); 30 (paediatrics and child health)
Entry requirements for Advanced Training in medical oncology 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.
$140,000 – $180,000
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: 36 months of certified training time consisting of:
-24 months of core training
-12 months of non-core training
The overseeing committees strongly recommend that trainees spend no more than 24 months at a single accredited training site. If a trainee does undertake more than 24 months of training at a single accredited training site, trainees must have a minimum of 6 months training (core or non-core) in a second accredited centre in Australasia, or equivalent training centre overseas, before full Fellowship is awarded. Exceptional circumstances that may prevent a trainee from moving to a second site will be considered on a case by case basis by the relevant committee. New Zealand-based training positions, and their suitability, are well known by the overseeing committee. If a new position is proposed, the overseeing committee will assess the applications on a case-by-case basis, based on the information provided in the application. Trainees are encouraged to seek guidance from the relevant Education Officer prior to submitting their application.

Core training
A minimum of 24 months (FTE) must be spent in accredited clinical training positions under the supervision of two Fellows of the College.

Non-core training
In both Australia and New Zealand, a maximum of 12 months of non-core training – within the 36 months of Advanced Training – may be undertaken in research, laboratory-based training, or overseas training relevant and specific to cancer medicine. Trainees have the option to undertake one further year of clinical training beyond their 24-month core training period. This may include further medical oncology or, alternatively, other cancer-related specialties, including cancer genetics, palliative care, radiation oncology or malignant haematology.
The NZ ATS in Medical Oncology has a policy of not approving any non-core training before 12 months of core oncology training has been satisfactorily completed and certified. This relates to new trainees and trainees transferring from another specialty or applying for dual training with another specialty.
Applications are due mid-February.
2 – Advanced training entry after completion of basic training

NB: Salary figures, working hours, undersubscribed and oversubscribed can vary greatly depending on various factors including but not limited to geographic location, private or public practice. MedVersus provides an Australia wide overview. For information specific to your needs we encourage you to discuss further with the relevant colleges/associations. For feedback/information to keep the site up to date please contact us by email: media@gptq.qld.edu.au

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