• Paediatric clinical pharmacology

Paediatric clinical pharmacology


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Clinical pharmacology is the scientific discipline that involves all aspects of the relationship between drugs and humans. Drugs are the main therapeutic tools of physicians, and hence clinical pharmacology is a core skill for all physicians.

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36–40 hours/week
average time worked
$113,393 – $140,487 (trainee)/year average salary/year
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3 years Basic Training + 3 years Advanced Training years
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Paediatric clinical pharmacology
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)
Clinical pharmacology is the scientific discipline that involves all aspects of the relationship between drugs and humans. Drugs are the main therapeutic tools of physicians, and hence clinical pharmacology is a core skill for all physicians.
3 years Basic Training + 3 years Advanced Training
Entry requirements for Advanced Training in clinical pharmacology 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.
$113,393 – $140,487 (trainee)/year average salary (trainee salary)
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 Advanced Training in Clinical Pharmacology, of which 24 months must be in a core training position as accredited by the overseeing committee. Up to 12 months may be certified as non-core training.

Core training A minimum of 24 months (FTE) must be spent in accredited clinical training positions. At least one core year must be in a full-time clinical registrar position. The second core year may include supervised research as part of study towards a Doctorate or Master’s degree. Core years must include sufficient training activities, such as drug information, drug committee, ethics committee and therapeutic drug monitoring, to satisfy the learning goals.

Non-core training
A maximum of 12 months of non-core training may be undertaken in clinical training in other disciplines, or in research.

Training time in Australia/New Zealand At least 12 months of Advanced Training in Clinical Pharmacology 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 trainees complete their Advanced Training at more than one training site.

Developmental and Psychosocial Training
Purpose: To assist trainees to develop a sophisticated understanding of child development, encompassing physical, cognitive, emotional, behavioural and social areas, which should be gained from the perspective of the child within the family and in the context of the community. *This is a requirement for Paediatrics & Child Health trainees only.
Applications are due mid-February. See Advanced Training in Clinical Pharmacology 2017–18 Program Requirements Handbook for further details.
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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