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Microbiology

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The discipline of microbiology involves the use of laboratory techniques to diagnose infectious diseases, recommend antibiotic therapy, and advise, correlate, coordinate and educate clinicians regarding aspects of the pathogenesis, epidemiology, prevention and management of infection.

Clinical microbiologists work in diagnostic medical/pathology laboratories. The work focuses on the collection, analysis, reporting and interpretation of results to aid in the diagnosis, treatment and surveillance of infectious diseases. Opportunities exist to conduct research in the sub-specialties of bacteriology, virology, mycology, parasitology, serology or molecular microbiology.

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36–40 hours/week
average time worked
$153,795/year
average salary
5 years
min full time
GP sub-specialty
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Microbiology
The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA)
   
The discipline of microbiology involves the use of laboratory techniques to diagnose infectious diseases, recommend antibiotic therapy, and advise, correlate, coordinate and educate clinicians regarding aspects of the pathogenesis, epidemiology, prevention and management of infection.

Clinical microbiologists work in diagnostic medical/pathology laboratories. The work focuses on the collection, analysis, reporting and interpretation of results to aid in the diagnosis, treatment and surveillance of infectious diseases. Opportunities exist to conduct research in the sub-specialties of bacteriology, virology, mycology, parasitology, serology or molecular microbiology.
https://www.rcpa.edu.au/getattachment/bf0af25b-e82b-4598-99a2-aa4155907478/Microbiology-Trainee-Handbook.aspx
$1,144 per training year
36–40
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5
Oversubscribed
60
No
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Before applying for training with the college, a trainee must be employed in a training position in a laboratory accredited by the college.

Once employment and supervision have been secured, the trainee can apply at any time during the year for initial registration by completing the initial registration form. Certified copies of original certificates of medical qualifications and registration are to be submitted with the application form (or posted separately if registering online). To finalise initial registration, the trainee must provide a prospective training program.

See https://www.rcpa.edu.au/Library/College-Policies/Guidelines/Selection-of-Trainees.aspx
Fellowship of The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (FRCPA).

Candidates are encouraged to have two years of postgraduate clinical practice, though one year is the minimum requirement.
Applications are made online via the college.
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$153,795
Formal examinations:
- Basic pathological sciences examination: $670 ($140 if current medical student)
- Microbiology part I examination: $2,340 (Emphasises the theoretical, practical and interpretative aspects of investigations in all fields of clinical microbiology. The Part I examination is taken after at least 18 months of training in diagnostic and clinical microbiology.)
- Microbiology part II examination: $2,340 (Trainees who pass part I are eligible to sit for the part II examination, which is ordinarily sat in the final year of microbiology training.)
$5,350
To gain FRCPA in microbiology requires five years of accredited training and satisfactory completion of the assessment program. No more than four years in the one institution will be allowed. Trainees must spend a minimum of four years under the supervision of a medical microbiologist in a laboratory accredited by RCPA. The fifth year of training may involve clinical practice in infectious diseases or in another pathology discipline.
Annual registration for all trainees closes in February.
Applications for examinations also close in February. Examinations are generally held in late May.
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