It's St Patrick's Day, huzzah!
At least, it was when this blog went live...
We scoured the internet for a connection between the good Saint Patrick and the medical field, but the nearest we could come up with was Guinness, because it's "good for you." Guinness, however, is not very Australian, nor very medical or technogical, so we canned the idea.
Instead, we've outlined your pathway to being the top-rated physician in Australia, the execution of which may begin tomorrow, after the holiday... or Monday, whichever. In any case, St Patrick would be proud.
What is the role of a physician in Australia?
A point of clarification: In some countries the term physician is synonymous with the Australian general practitioner, however, physicians in Australia are specialists, not general practitioners.
Physicians are specialist doctors who have completed at least an additional six years of training after completing a medical degree with an additional year-long internship. In other words, plan to skip the next ten or so St Patrick's days.
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians
is the Australian provider for physician training and accreditation. They offer candidates the opportunity to complete a specialisation from a range of 33 areas of expertise, including but not limited to, cardiology, general paediatrics, dermatology, gastroenterology, neurology, geriatric medicine, oncology, and haematology.
What is the difference between a physician and a surgeon?
Both physicians and surgeons are specialists but physicians focus on diagnostics and treatment while surgeons focus on performing surgery. Depending on the specialisations physicians can perform some surgical procedures, but they do not do so exclusively. Physicians liaise with surgeons, referring patients for surgery if they are unable to treat them within their means.
To put a fine point on it, physicians must gain accreditation with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and surgeons must gain their accreditation with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
What is the pathway to becoming an accredited physician?
The minimum entry requirements to commence physician training are to have completed a medical degree with at least one year of working as an intern in a hospital setting. You will also need to apply for the physician basic training program, be employed by a hospital where you can undertake your training and be accepted into the program.
The initial basic training runs for three years. You do not need to select a specialisation at that point. The experience you gain working across a range of specialist fields will likely inform you about where you would like to specialise in the future if you do not already have that in mind.
The next stage is advanced training that runs for another three years, requiring participants to select a specific area of practice in which to specialise.
Provided you pass the final exams from the basic training program and are accepted into the advanced training program of your choice, in just three more years you can become a top fully qualified physician in your field of interest.
How can I maximise my opportunities to be top-ranked in the field?
Becoming a physician is not a walk in the park. Because the basic training for physicians is geared towards providing candidates with the skills to practice within such a wide range of specialisations, the examinations are notorious for being rather difficult.
Becoming a specialist in a particular area during advanced training means you are focussing on a narrower field of expertise. It is still intensive and demanding.
The physicians who come out on top are the ones who are truly passionate, who relentlessly dedicate themselves to the pursuit of achieving their goal, while not losing sight of what is important. For example, if you fail an exam, look at it as as opportunity to gain a better understanding of the subject matter.
Accept feedback, keep striving towards your goal, take time for self-care, family and to enjoy life in the process. It's the journey, not the destination, right?
At Medshop Australia, we believe in you and we're committed to supplying reliable equipment and tools to help you along your pathway. Hopefully, articles such as this one help inspire you. Please let us know your thoughts, either here or on our Facebook page.
As it is a holiday, we would also like to wish everyone a happy St. Patrick's Day. In light of the festivities, we've organised some of our best green-coloured products so you can celebrate properly next year.
Tip: These also work around Christmas with a dash of red.
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