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  1. Hey Anthony, will the AMC Proposed Changes to PGY1&2 delay myself from attaining FRACGP after graduating from medical school by a year?

    I am currently on the way to graduate in 2025 and enter internship (PGY1) in 2026. While general registration is still going to be attained after PGY1, I was wondering how the 2nd mandatory year of internship will affect entrance to GP Training? Will the 2nd year of internship be accredited as my 12 months in hospital for GP training? Will I still be able to attain fellowship after PGY4 if I go into GP training as soon as allowed in the new post-graduate environment after the AMC Proposed Changes are implemented in 2024?

    1. Hi Gary my understanding is nothing is going to change for you. Traditionally the earliest you have been able to enrol in GP is in PGY1 for PGY2. But then the PGY2 year is done as your hospital year. There are some things you need to get done during this year, such as your paediatric experience.

  2. Hi there!
    This was a great read! Final year domestic medical student here who recently got engaged, wondering what the process is like for change of name during provisional registration, i.e. graduating MBBS under my maiden name and wanting to ultimately practice under my married name (with legal change of name occurring in the weeks prior to commencing internship, but likely after applying to AHPRA – which my understanding is typically 6w prior to graduation?).
    Am aware of AHPRA’s change of name form – when is the best time for change of name with AHPRA (with whom my student registration is under my maiden name) to minimise the paperwork involved? Wanting to compare from applying for provisional registration/graduating/while holding provisional registration/waiting for full registration? Will there be any issues given my degree has been awarded under my maiden name? (Unsure it would be legal to change my name that far in advance of getting married?) Think you can ask for your degree to be retrospectively awarded to another name provided you can supply proof of change of name, but again more paperwork I would be hoping to avoid if possible!
    Thanks for your help!

    1. That’s a great question.
      I don’t suppose you have considered the merits of retaining your maiden name for professional purposes?

      1. Have definitely given it thought but always open to hearing a new take on it – particular reasons you would recommend against change of name?
        Would also be interested in the process of change of name if there would be specific issues encountered before/during/after registration?

        1. Hi Jess
          I think the major pro to consider is that sadly the rates of divorce in professional couples are quite high.
          I think timing your name change to avoid the most bureaucratic headaches makes the most sense. It may be more sensible to wait until after you have obtained general registration. That way the main issues you are going to deal with mainly just change around your name in the hospitals you work in. From a professional perspective, it generally becomes most difficult to change your name after you achieve specialty status. As at this point you have achieved a reputation as Dr X the A Specialist. Which you are then attempting to alter to Dr Y the A Specialist.
          Hope that helps.

  3. Hi Anthony, thank you very much for this very comprehensive article, I’m studying in Australia but my girlfriend is an Indonesian and she’s currently on her last 3 semesters of medical school in the Philippines, she told me about the standard pathway to work as a doctor here in Australia, but i still have some questions regarding this and I can’t seem to find the answers on the government’s official website, does she need to have a medical license or will her medical degree be enough to apply for the AMC CAT?

    Her original plan was to get ECFMG certified and work in the US, so she’s currently studying for USMLE, my question is, if she decided to pursue this, will it be recognized in Australia? Does she need to take the AMC test again to work here?

    Thank you very much for your time

  4. Hi Anthony
    My Son is a SriLankan who graduated in medicine in Sydney Australia in 2020 and is now a medical intern in a Sydney hospital on a 2 year contract ending December 2022
    He is keen to train as a GP for which he has to have PR in Australia by necessity
    How does he obtain PR in Australia as I am told it’s tough to apply and get it from Sydney
    What’s your Advise

    1. Your son should talk to his local GP Training Organisation. In this case GP Synergy. You don’t necessarily need PR or citizenship to apply for GP training.

  5. Hello !
    I will be graduating in May 2022 from National University of Ireland Galway. I am an Indian Citizen. How can I apply for internship and what are chances for the same in Australia.

  6. Thanks Dr, this was a very helpful guide!
    I’m a local aussie medical student at the moment, halfway through medical school hoping to pursue surgical training in the future.
    Is where I do internship + prevocational training years important in the grand scheme of things (eg. different cities / regional vs metro etc.?

    Also as someone knowledgable on the matter, do you think the Australian training system will change to something similar to the US Match process (like canada did) in the near future?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Chris thanks for reading.
      For your first question. No. For most specialties, it does not matter where you do your internship as usually, you have a chance to do that specialty at whatever hospital you are based at.
      For the second question. No. I can’t see this happening any time soon. We recently had a massive review of internships in this country. And in the scheme of things not much really changed.

  7. Dear Dr. Anthony,

    I am an international student in my final year of med school studying in Victoria. Due to some family issues, I can’t start my internship next year and will need to defer it until the following year (a 2023 start), however I am not sure if this is possible for category 2 students (international students graduating from Vic), as I can only find defer request forms for category 1 students.

    Are there any options available for international students to continue their training after a year off after graduation, and if so what can be done?

    Thank you for all the information you’ve provided and your assistance with this matter. Happy Easter!

    Best regards,
    Charlotte Lee

    1. I would speak to the PMCV directly Charlotte. My understanding is that if you are made an offer you may defer regardless of category. But this may have changed.

      1. Thank you for your reply, I’m also waiting for a reply from PMCV but hopefully they will get back to me soon. I hope your Easter has been well.

  8. Hi Dr. Anthony,

    Thank you for this wonderful website you build. I am wondering of some questions lately. My situation is, now my wife are doing medical residency in Russia (Ordinatura) which is only 2 years then will continue to 3 years research doctoral. She will continue her fellowship in some country in Europe including Canada and secure her Canada medical license.

    Will this all experience suit for her to be registered as specialist in Australia without the AMC exam?

    We are both not an Australian citizen nor permanent resident.

    Thank you again for all the information.

    Regards from Russia.

    1. Hello Errol if your wife can secure the LMCC and work in Canada then she can avoid the need for AMC.

  9. was just wondering how likely going to melb or syd is if i apply as a SA graduate, and will it become harder or easier in the future? thanks!

    1. To answer the first part = unlikely as the majority of NSW and Vic doctors want to work in Melbourne or Sydney. You might sneak into an unpopular network or hospital on the fringes of these capitals though. Generally its pretty easy to migrate between States as an RMO.

  10. Hi, I’m an Australian citizen and third year medicine student in Europe. Upon graduation and clearing AMC examination how tough would it be for me to gain internship (PGY1)? (Also are there any set limit of internships for IMGs?)

    If getting internship is next to impossible in my scenario as being an IMG, what other route can I take to be able to apply for AGPT program in rural area to become a GP?

    Thanks heaps

    1. Hi Khan as discussed on this blog you are unlikely to get an internship position. Your best course of action is the AMC and then applying for Resident posts. I would say with being a recent graduate and with citizenship your chances are reasonably high.

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