Can I work in one general practice for all of my GP placements?

Working in one general practice for the duration of your training depends on a few things:

  • whether you're following the General Pathway or the Rural Pathway
  • your personal circumstances, and
  • the medical college for which you hope to attain fellowship.

Generally, GPTQ recommends that all registrars complete placements in at least two general practices to get a range of experience and be exposed to different communities.

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) states their registrars must train in at least two general practices. In some circumstances, for instance, when working in very remote communities, you can apply to remain in one practice for the majority of your placement time. However, you will need to complete at least six months in a second practice.

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) is more flexible as placements are located in rural and remote communities. You will need to discuss your options with a medical educator.

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