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Your Pathway into Dermatology training in North Queensland

Entry Requirements

  • Completed RACP Basic Training, including written and clinical examinations
  • Current medical registration 
  • Been appointed to an appropriate Advanced Training position  
  • Refer to theAustralasian College of Dermatologists for further information on selection criteria and eligibility for the program.  

Total Training Time

Total: 4 years (48 months) (full-time)

  • 24 months (full-time) Basic Training
  • 24 months (full-time) Advanced Training

How to Apply

Prospective trainees must apply online via the Australasian College of Dermatologists (ACD). Applications for selection into the training program are advertised in January/February each year for admission to the program the following year. 

QLD Applicants must also submit an application through the Resident Medical Officer (RMO) campaign listing Dermatology as their primary preference in order for an employment contract to be issued by your allocated training facility. 

Candidates should always discuss employment opportunities with their preferenced facilities or training programs before submitting an application. 

Application Deadline

Applications for selection into the training program are advertised in January/February each year 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Dermatologist?

A Dermatologist specialises in treating and resolving conditions of the hair, nails, and skin. The study of Dermatology is varied, involving the identification, therapy, and prevention of over 3,000 skin diseases and skin cancers. A significant focus of Dermatologists is treating diseases caused by sun exposure, for example melanoma diagnosis and treatment. 

The skin problems Dermatologists treat and prevent include skin infections, monitoring of moles, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, problematic sweating, hair and nail disorders, and acne. Some Dermatologists also perform cosmetic procedures or treatments to recover the skin from damage from the sun, such as removing or enhancing the appearance of sunspots. Dermatologists can treat patients from newborns to adolescents to senior adults. 

Can I break up my training over several years?

Most clinical Dermatology pathway programs are completed over several consistent years of training, and there’s good reason for this. While it is possible to break up your training across a longer time-frame, it is not recommended. When trainees break for periods greater than 12-24 months, some examinations and course materials will need to be re-completed or re-examined.  

How many applicants get selected per year?

Approximately 3 trainees were chosen for the Dermatology training program in 2021 out of 89 eligible applicants. There are currently 552 specialists in Australia. 

Disclaimer: The information provided on this website aims to assist medical students and doctors in training with medical career planning. While every effort has been made to ensure the information is current and accurate, all details should be verified through the relevant Specialist College.

NQRTH is an initiative of the Australian Government's Integrated Rural Training Pipeline (IRTP) and is facilitated by James Cook University in partnership with public and private hospitals, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC), health services, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) and GP clinics.

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