IMGs are among GPET hopefuls

More than one-third of the 1,200 applications for the General Practice Education and Training (GPET) program were submitted by international medical graduates (IMGs), the latest selection figures have revealed.

However, they now face an anxious wait with other Australian-trained hopefuls to learn if they will secure one of the 1,000 places on offer. 

GPRA chair Dr Wicky Wong said that IMGs were attracted to general practice for the same reasons as Australian-trained graduates.

“The variety of practice, the ability to maintain a work-life balance, the strong support through the AGPT... program all make general practice training very popular,” Dr Wong said.

“Many IMGs come to Australia having already worked in another specialty or having done extensive training and that sort of experience is invaluable if they are placed in smaller or more remote towns.”

A GPET spokesperson said about 35% of the 1,289