Basic Physician Training

Physicians are medical doctors who have completed Advanced Training in a medical specialty with the RACP to diagnose and manage complex medical conditions. Physicians treat the medical conditions of adults and paediatricians treat infants, children and adolescents. BPT is the initial training program that needs to be completed as an entry pathway to Advanced Training programs.
Minimum Time to Completion: 4 years from graduation

Details

Eligibility Requirements

Trainees must have:

  • Current general medical registration with the Medical Board of Australia or medical registration with general scope of practice with the Medical Council of New Zealand
  • An appointment to an appropriate training position at an accredited training site
  • Discussed application and received approval to apply for Basic Training from the hospital or network Director of Physician Education (DPE)

Application Process

Apply to an accredited clinical site for BPT position
Online registrations with approval of local DPE

Trainees undergo 36 months of certified training time, comprising:

  • 24 months minimum of core training, including:
    • 12 months minimum in medical specialties
    • 3 months minimum in general and acute care medicine
  • 12 months maximum of non-core training, which can be replaced by additional core training
  • at least 12 months at a Level 3 Teaching Hospital (Principal Training Program)
  • at least 3 months outside a Level 3 Teaching Hospital (Principal Training Program)
  • the completion of an Advanced Life Support course or equivalent

General Medicine

  • 3 months minimum (6 months recommended)
  • Up to 6 months maximum can be spent at any one training site
  • Up to 12 months total as core training

Medical specialities

  • 12 months minimum
  • 6 months maximum spent in any one specialty
  • 33 months total training time

Optional core training:

  • ED (3 months maximum)
  • Anaesthetics (3 month maximum)
  • General Paediatrics (6 months maximum)

During the early 3rd year of basic physician training, candidates may sit written and then clinical examinations.
An Advanced Life Support course or equivalent is required before the end of Basic Training.

Annual Fee:

AUD $3,690.00 (reduced fee of 50% for trainees in research)

Exam Fee:

Written examinations: AUD $2,031.00
Basic Training Clinical Examination: AUD $3,039.00
Faculty Clinical Examinations: AUD $3,039.00

  • ALS
  • Master of Internal Medicine (Monash)
  • Master of Public Health (Melbourne/Monash)

Key Information

PGY Intake Year (earliest)

PGY2

Training Duration (minimum)

3 years FTE

General Progression

Note that this represents one of the quickest routes to specialty training, and may not reflect additional HMO or unaccredited years of training.
Year 1
Internship
Year 2
BPT 1
Year 3
BPT 2
Year 4
BPT 3
Year 5
Commence Advanced Training
Part Time Option: Yes
Last Updated: June 5, 2022
The information found in this portal has been painstakingly collated by JMOs for JMOs, and is intended as a career progression guide for every aspiring JMO. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and currency of the information presented on this website, but recent changes made by Specialist Medical Colleges may not be reflected in real time; please consult with the respective Specialist Medical College websites for the latest information. PMCV and JMO Victoria accepts no responsibility for inaccuracies, errors, or omissions. Please feel free to contact our team with suggestions or comments via the feedback form.

Basic Physician Training

Physicians are medical doctors who have completed Advanced Training in a medical specialty with the RACP to diagnose and manage complex medical conditions. Physicians treat the medical conditions of adults and paediatricians treat infants, children and adolescents. BPT is the initial training program that needs to be completed as an entry pathway to Advanced Training programs.
Minimum Time to Completion: 4 years from graduation

Details

How to Apply

Eligibility Requirements

Trainees must have:

  • Current general medical registration with the Medical Board of Australia or medical registration with general scope of practice with the Medical Council of New Zealand
  • An appointment to an appropriate training position at an accredited training site
  • Discussed application and received approval to apply for Basic Training from the hospital or network Director of Physician Education (DPE)

Application Process

Apply to an accredited clinical site for BPT position
Online registrations with approval of local DPE

Program Structure

Trainees undergo 36 months of certified training time, comprising:

  • 24 months minimum of core training, including:
    • 12 months minimum in medical specialties
    • 3 months minimum in general and acute care medicine
  • 12 months maximum of non-core training, which can be replaced by additional core training
  • at least 12 months at a Level 3 Teaching Hospital (Principal Training Program)
  • at least 3 months outside a Level 3 Teaching Hospital (Principal Training Program)
  • the completion of an Advanced Life Support course or equivalent

General Medicine

  • 3 months minimum (6 months recommended)
  • Up to 6 months maximum can be spent at any one training site
  • Up to 12 months total as core training

Medical specialities

  • 12 months minimum
  • 6 months maximum spent in any one specialty
  • 33 months total training time

Optional core training:

  • ED (3 months maximum)
  • Anaesthetics (3 month maximum)
  • General Paediatrics (6 months maximum)

During the early 3rd year of basic physician training, candidates may sit written and then clinical examinations.
An Advanced Life Support course or equivalent is required before the end of Basic Training.

Fees

Annual Fee:

AUD $3,690.00 (reduced fee of 50% for trainees in research)

Exam Fee:

Written examinations: AUD $2,031.00
Basic Training Clinical Examination: AUD $3,039.00
Faculty Clinical Examinations: AUD $3,039.00

Useful Resources / Courses / Conferences

  • ALS
  • Master of Internal Medicine (Monash)
  • Master of Public Health (Melbourne/Monash)

Key Information

PGY Intake Year (earliest)

PGY2

Training Duration (minimum)

3 years FTE

General Progression

Year 1
Internship
Year 2
BPT 1
Year 3
BPT 2
Year 4
BPT 3
Year 5
Commence Advanced Training
Part Time Option: Yes
The information found in this portal has been painstakingly collated by JMOs for JMOs, and is intended as a career progression guide for every aspiring JMO. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and currency of the information presented on this website, but recent changes made by Specialist Medical Colleges may not be reflected in real time; please consult with the respective Specialist Medical College websites for the latest information. PMCV and JMO Victoria accepts no responsibility for inaccuracies, errors, or omissions. Please feel free to contact our team with suggestions or comments via the feedback form.

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