Low-profile scheme offers alternative path to fellowship

Completing a college fellowship can be a difficult task for isolated IMGs, however, an alternative scheme that can help rural doctors secure both an FRACGP and an FACRRM will soon be accepting applications. 

Funded by the Commonwealth and run independently of the Australian General Practice Training program, the Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS) offers vocational training in rural and remote settings for doctors already committed to working in the bush.

A total of 22 places are available this year, with non-residents and non-citizens now also able to apply. 

Applications open in May.

“More than half of the students enrolled each year are IMGs and half of those IMGs have not yet completed the second half of their Australian Medical Council foreign graduates’ exams,” said Dr Pat Giddings, CEO of the RVTS. “If they do their fellowship with us they will become a specialist GP.”

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