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What is the Generalist Pathway?

The Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway, The Generalist Pathway for short, supports postgraduate medical students with fast-track training and development to become a Rural Generalist, or to go on to any other medical field. The Generalist Pathway is a highly respected, selective and flexible program that offers Australia's most passionate and dedicated medical students the opportunity to explore a wide variety of clinical training, and develop the advanced skill set required to achieve their career goals.

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Career advice

As a Generalist Pathway trainee, we support you with an experienced practicing clinician. Our Career Navigators and admin team help you avoid potential career pitfalls and are there to troubleshoot any personal, professional or administrative issues so that you can focus on training opportunities.

Get Further, Faster

Career fast track
Earn more
Fellowship in five years

We offer you the quickest pathway, with the least relocations, to achieving a senior appointment. From PGY4 you can become a provisional SMO, earning up to double the pay of your peers. From there it’s only two years to Fellowship. There’s no bonded lock in period on the Pathway, so it’s all upside, no downside.

Privileged access

Guaranteed terms
Diverse skills training
Expanded options

We offer all of our PGY 1 & 2 trainees guaranteed access to hard-to-get training term experience in paediatrics, obstetrics & gynaecology, and anaesthetics. And we have access to the largest number of Advanced Specialised Training positions in Australia.

Endless options


The Generalist Pathway not only qualifies you for life as a rural generalist, it also sets you up for a career in almost any other medical field. Our Fellows go on to roles in rural generalism, clinical leadership, international aid work, expeditionary and retrieval medicine, and are perfectly positioned to enter other specialist training programs.



Find your calling.

As an intern, and then a Junior House Officer, you lay the foundations for your future career. Access a wide range of training experiences to help you decide the next step on your career path.

Priority access Guaranteed access to term experience in O&G, paediatrics and anaesthetics.

Experience more Access additional hands-on experience, with a wide variety of presentations in special extended rural terms. Attend our exclusive workshops, where you will build your professional network and gain important extra skills to progress your career faster.

Career guidance Get experienced and supportive advice when you need it most, with scheduled and unscheduled contact from your Career Navigator, an experienced practicing clinician.

On-call support You're never alone. From personal and family matters, to important deadlines and admin task reminders, we're here by your side and on the end of a phone line.


Build your knowledge.

As a Rural Generalist, you'll need general practice plus additional skills. Master advanced skills in a discipline you're passionate about. As a Registrar/PHO, spend your time learning about and working in your chosen field. We work with your Regional Training Organisation to help keep your training on the fast track.

Fast track training Five day exclusive boot camps for those completing training in anaesthetics and O&G to get you career ready.

Stay on target We check accreditation to ensure that you avoid positions that add nothing to your Fellowship training and we help you find the discipline that best fits your career goals. But if you find it's not working out, we'll support you to continue to progress your career, while helping you find another position.

Recruitment assistance Fill out one form, do one interview, then we match you with available and suitable positions.

On-call support Your Career Navigator and the team work hard to get to know you and are available to help troubleshoot any personal or professional challenges you may face.


Expand your skills.

Develop and hone your skills to become the doctor you've always wanted to be. Whether it's in a hospital, community, or other setting, receive on-the-ground general practice training. Make a difference as an integral member of the clinical team in a rural community, with the potential to achieve a senior appointment.

Earn more faster You're eligible for a senior position in PGY4, faster than any other training program.

Step up and stand out Employers seek out Pathway trainees for their superior skills and experience. Leadership training is embedded throughout the Pathway. You can formalise this with a leadership qualification developed specifically for Pathway trainees.

One stop for jobs We find and list available, accredited hospital jobs in rural Queensland and have an extensive network across the state for general practice vacancies.

Career check up We help ensure you're not missing anything in the lead up to your Fellowship.

On-call support Our team transitions with you as your challenges change; we're here to help work through any on the ground issues that may impact your ability to adjust and grow your career.


Explore opportunities.

You're now a self-sufficient practicing doctor. As part of the respected QRGP community, you now have endless opportunities to take your career anywhere.

Endless opportunity As well as being a highly capable Rural Generalist, you're perfectly positioned for clinical leadership, international aid work, expeditionary and retrieval medicine, or other specialist training.

Recognised excellence As an alumni of The Generalist Pathway, be recognised for your world leading Rural Generalist training.

Poised to lead Formalise your credentials with a leadership qualification developed specifically for the Pathway.

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Last updated: 22 March 2017