Q. There are multiple pathways to becoming a GP… general, rural or rural generalist, how do I choose ?

Selecting a Fellowship pathway is an important decision that you will need to make when applying to the AGPT program. You will need to consider the training opportunities that each pathway provides, and where you see yourself applying these whilst in the program with GPEx.

Q. There are two specialty colleges for GP Training, the ACRRM and the RACGP. How do I know which one is right for me?

Obtaining the Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM) means that the majority of your training will be in rural and remote locations. Gaining recognition as a Rural Generalist (RG) practitioner, you will have the opportunity to consolidate your specialist skills, providing advanced clinical services to regional communities. Training opportunities in community general practice will be available in Modified Monash Model (MMM) 2-7 communities.

Applicants considering the Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) have two pathway options. Applicants interested in spending the majority of their time in inner and outer metropolitan locations (MMM1), can apply to the general pathway. It is important to note that general pathway registrars are subject to the Department of Health’s prescribed location requirement. This means that for 12 months, registrars will have the option to train in an outer metropolitan location, a rural or remote community (MMM2-7) or an Aboriginal Health service.

Q. Does the RACGP train on the rural pathway?

RACGP applicants who would prefer to train in rural and remote communities for the entirety of their time in the program, can apply to the rural pathway.

Registrars training towards their FRACGP are in a unique position, where they can opt to not only train in rural and remote regions, but they have the opportunity to undertake a further 12-24 months of training, pursuing advanced skills opportunities as an RG registrar, resulting in a FRACGP-RG.

Q. Rural or Rural Generalist? What is the difference?

Applicants interested in a long-term career in rural or remote communities, providing general practice and advanced specialist services will have an opportunity to train towards formal recognition as a Rural Generalist (RG) practitioner.

Registrars training towards their FACRRM are automatically following the RG pathway. Their general practice services are further enhanced by the requirement to undertake 12-24 months of training towards an advanced specialist skill. These skills can include Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Anaesthetics or Aboriginal Health services.

Registrars training towards their FRACGP can opt to not only train in rural and remote regions, but they have the opportunity to undertake a further 12-24 months of training, pursuing advanced skills opportunities as an RG registrar, resulting in a FRACGP-RG.

As a RG registrar with GPEx, you will be supported by the GPEx Rural Generalist team, who will work with you on your personalised training plan. On commencing your community general practice training, you will be supported in consolidating these skills while at the same time, receiving on-the-job training and mentoring from an experienced supervisor.

Please note, applicants can select to apply to the RACGP’s rural pathway, and ACRRM, resulting in a dual FACRRM and FRACGP, or FACRRM and FRACGP-RG.

Q. How do I know if I am I eligible to apply for the AGPT program?

Eligibility for the AGPT program is based on several factors. We would recommend that you review the ACRRM and RACGP Eligibility guidelines for the most up to date information regarding Citizenship, Permanent Residency and Australian Medical Registration and Australian Medical Council requirements.

Q. I am currently working on a temporary visa, can I apply for the AGPT Program?

There are general practices accredited with GPEx who are willing to sponsor ACRRM and RACGP registrars who hold a Temporary Visa. Foreign Graduates of Accredited Medical School (FGAMS) in Australia or New Zealand, currently working on a 457, TSS 482, 491, 494 or 820 Visa who intend, or have already applied for Australian or New Zealand Permanent Residency or Citizenship may be eligible to apply to the AGPT program. Please contact GPEx Selection at Selection@gpex.com.au to discuss the eligibility process for Temporary Visa holders.

Q. What does the AGPT program selection process involve? How should I prepare for the process?

The AGPT selection process for the RACGP and ACRRM is a three stage process, as outlined below:

ACRRM:

  1. Online application
    1. Applicants have approximately four weeks to submit their AGPT application and suitability assessment. The criteria for the AGPT application and suitability assessment is outlined in ACRRM’s Eligibility Guide. Applicants are required to preference up to four Regional Training Organisation (RTO) pathways.
  2. Referee reports
    1. Applicants must nominate two medical practitioners who have provided supervision for a minimum of four weeks within three years of application. Referees will be required to complete a confidential survey, with results being reviewed by ACRRM’s Selection team.
  3. Multi Mini Interviews (MMI)
    1. Applicants who progress to the MMI stage will be interviewed for a position with their preferred RTO. The interview consists of six questions, with applicants permitted two minutes of reading time and eight minutes to answer each question.
    2. Performance in the suitability assessment, referee reports and MMI will determine whether an applicant is recognised as suitable to train in the AGPT program. ACRRM will email all selection outcomes to applicants.

RACGP:

  1. Application and Eligibility
    1. Applicants have approximately four weeks to submit their application. The criteria for the AGPT application is outlined in RACGP’s Eligibility Guide (HASN’T BEEN RELEASED YET). Applicants are provided with the opportunity to preference up to four RTO pathways.
  2. National Assessment
    1. Eligible applicants will be invited to progress to the National Assessment stage, which includes a Candidate Assessment and Applied Knowledge Test (CAAKT). The CAAKT is comprised of Knowledge Test and Situational Judgement Test questions. Candidates are required to meet a minimum score before reviewing and confirming their RTO pathway preferences.
  3. Interview and Offers
    1. RTO’s will be provided with the list of candidates who have been shortlisted for an interview. RTO’s have the option of interviewing candidates in a MMI or panel format. RTO’s will ask the candidates five, standardised questions, developed by the RACGP and up to three RTO specific questions. Performance in the RTO interview will determine suitability for the AGPT training program. RTO’s will email all selection outcomes to candidates.