The Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway (QRGP) provides guidance and support to medical officers seeking a career in Rural Generalist Medicine. Entry to the QRGP has primarily occurred via the undergraduate entry process whereby application is made by final year medical students. This has and continues to provide an early and supported training pathway towards a rural vocation. As the QRGP has expanded, it has become apparent that there is a cohort of motivated junior doctors interested in joining the program after graduation.
2018 applications open on 31 July 2017. Those in PGY1 - 3 in 2017 are eligible to apply for 2018 commencement.
Please refer to the key dates section below for further information on the entry process schedule.
Application information session (teleconference)
|Thursday 27 July 2017 at 5pm
|Applications open||Monday 31 July 2017 at 9am|
|Applications close||Friday 11 August 2017 at 10am|
|Interviews (via teleconference)||Thursday 17 August 2017 to Friday 25 August 2017|
|Position offers released (via email)||Monday 28 August 2017 at 9am|
|Position offer acceptance closes (via email)||Thursday 31 August 2017 at 10am|
- Medical officers can express interest in joining the QRGP at any time. This means that you will receive updates on the application process and any future entry offers.
- The applicant standard required for successful postgraduate entry is equivalent to the standard for direct entry via the undergraduate process.
- Interested medical officers should contact the QRGP team for further information regarding the postgraduate entry application and selection process via email@example.com.
Selection to postgraduate entry positions occurs in the year prior to commencement on the QRGP. Applications for postgraduate entry are accepted from medical officers who are in PGY1 - 3 at the time of application and who will progress to PGY2 - 4 when they commence the following year. Applications are considered based upon:
- Australian or New Zealand Citizenship or Australian Permanent Residency status.
- Demonstrated progress towards a Rural Generalist Medicine vocational training endpoint including evidence of:
- attainment of or suitable progress towards general registration with AHPRA;
- successful application or intention to apply to a recognised vocational training program with an endpoint of Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM) and/or Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) plus Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP).
- Provision of satisfactory term reports for:
- all PGY1 and 2 terms undertaken at the time of application;
- obstetric, anaesthetic and paediatric term experience.
- Where terms have not yet been completed, evidence of term allocation is required though note that terms can be achieved beyond PGY1 or 2.
- The QRGP is not responsible for negotiating access to terms or training.
- Terms may be achieved beyond PGY1 and 2. Applicants who have not yet completed these terms should note this and their efforts to secure access in the future in their application.
- Evidence of satisfactory completion/intent to enrol in:
- For PGY1 applicants: a Rural Generalist Trainee Workshop (registration cost applicable) or other clinical skills workshop(s) as determined by the QRGP team.
- For PGY2 and above applicants: the Toward Excellence in Rural Generalist Practice workshop (registration cost applicable) or other clinical skills workshop(s) as determined by the QRGP team.
- By the end of PGY2:
- Completion of at least 50% of the Urgent Care category of the ACRRM Procedural Skills Logbook;
- Completion of a Rural and Remote Medical Education Online (RRMEO) module.
- Provision of a written reference from a Director of Clinical Training or other suitable medical officer outlining suitability for a rural career path.
- Participation in a Career Planning Interview with a Director of Rural Generalist Training to discuss personal and professional considerations and goals. This will be undertaken at interview.
- Participation in a recruitment and selection process similar to that undertaken for QRGP direct entrants.
Note: Where the applicant will not have achieved the above requirements prior to entry into the Pathway in 2017 a plan will need to be developed with the Director of Rural Generalist Training to achieve this standard as soon as practicable.
- Affiliation with a progressive, world leading medical workforce initiative focussed on addressing the needs of rural communities in Queensland.
- Allocation of a Director of Rural Generalist Training who will provide case management and career planning advice and guidance until completion of Fellowship.
- Eligibility to attend QRGP coordinated educational events.
- Advice regarding advanced skills training opportunities.
- Advice regarding vocational training positions including access to the Rural Vocational Placement vacancy process.
- Regular QRGP updates through the Pathway's eUpdate and social media sites.
- Consideration for facilitation opportunities at training workshops coordinated by the QRGP team.
What is the difference between applying via the undergraduate entry process and postgraduate entry process?
The table below outlines the difference in entry processes.
|Component||Undergraduate entry||Postgraduate entry|
|Applications open each year||Yes||Not guaranteed. Depends on availability of vacant positions.|
|Australian/NZ citizenship or Permanent Residency status required||Yes||Yes|
|Application and interview required||Yes||Yes|
|Access to prevocational term experience in anaesthetics, O&G and paediatrics guaranteed (required for progression on the QRGP)||Yes||No|
|Rural Generalist Trainee Workshop attendance fees apply||No||Yes - $330 (if commencing in PGY2)|
|Toward Excellence in Rural Generalist Practice Workshop attendance fees apply||Yes - $330||Yes - $330|
|Career planning interviews and support||Four interviews in prevocational training and annually thereafter until Fellowship||Number and frequency of interviews will depend on PGY at entry|
Please contact the QRGP team for more information:
p. 1800 680 291 | e. firstname.lastname@example.org