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Your Pathway into Gastroenterology training in North Queensland

Entry Requirements

  • General medical registration
  • Completion of Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Basic Physician Training, including the RACP written and clinical examinations
  • Employment in an accredited Advanced Training position
  • Refer to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians for further information about selection into the training program

Total Training Time

Total: 3 years (36 months) (full-time)

  • 24 months (full-time) core training
  • 12 months maximum (full-time) non-core training

How to Apply

Applicants will first need to complete Basic Physician training through either the Queensland Basic Physician Training (Adult Medicine) Network or Queensland Basic Paediatric Training Network. Applications to either network must be submitted through the Resident Medical Officer (RMO Campaign).Advanced Gastroenterology training positions are managed centrally through the Queensland Gastroenterology Training network and applicants must submit an application to the network through the  Resident Medical Officer (RMO) Campaign. See the application guide for further details on how to preference the network.

Applicants must also apply to the Advanced Training in Gastroenterology Program through RACP.

When applying to the Queensland Health RMO Campaign, candidates can preference up to five hospitals at step 10 in the process. Before applying, candidates should always discuss employment opportunities with their preferred facilities or training programs. The hospitals within our region accepting applications are the Townsville University Hospital and Cairns Hospital. For more information on the campaign and application process, go to the Queensland Health website.

Application Deadline

15 February | first half or whole of the current year  

31 August | second half of the current year 

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect as a Gastroenterology trainee?

A Gastroenterology trainee can expect to have specialised training in the prevention, investigation, treatment, and research into illnesses involving the gastrointestinal tract and liver. The training combines practical learning and assessment tools to prepare you for independent practice.

What is a Gastroenterologist?

A Gastroenterologist is a specialist physician in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the gastrointestinal tract and the liver. Gastroenterologists are trained to conduct investigative diagnostic procedures such as gastroscopy, X-rays, CT scans, blood and stool tests, colonoscopy, or endoscopy. These procedures help pinpoint the cause of stomach and intestinal conditions and diseases. Among other diagnostic indicators, these tests are designed to understand digestive system motility and how well someone’s body absorbs and utilises nutrients. Gastroenterologists help their patients overcome coeliac disease, hepatitis, irritable bowel syndrome, pancreatitis, colitis, gastro-oesophageal disease, gallbladder and biliary tract diseases, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Can I break up my training over a number of years?

Although you can break up your training, it is not advised. Pausing the training for one year or longer will mean re-sitting some assessments. Meanwhile, taking a break for longer than two years may mean some examinations and course materials will need to be re-completed or re- examined. Therefore, most trainees complete the Gastroenterology training in one block.

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.

Cairns region
(07) 4226 8187

Central West region
(07) 4764 1547

Mackay region
(07) 4885 7122

North West region
(07) 4764 1547

Torres and Cape region
(07) 4095 6103

Townsville region
(07) 4781 3424