General Pathology

General pathologists have a very broad understanding of the pathophysiology of disease, the diagnostic value of individual tests and also of the laboratory and its workings. They are often responsible for managing laboratories, ensuring the quality of the results and providing a diagnostic service and advice to clinicians.
Minimum Time to Completion: 7 years from graduation

Details

Eligibility Requirements

Prospective trainees must have:

  • 2 years of clinical hospital training
  • Be accepted into a training spot at an accredited hospital, then apply for registration with the college

Application Process

Applicants must first apply for and be accepted for an Advanced Training Position.

Trainees complete 5 years of certified training time comprising:

  • at least 8 months in each of Microbiology, Haematology, Clinical Chemistry (most trainees spend 1 year in each)
  • Minimum of 2 years in Anatomical Pathology (includes cytology and forensic pathology)

They will also complete:

  • Basic pathological sciences examination before or after the first year of training
  • Examinations in each of Anatomical Pathology, Chemical Pathology, Haematology and Microbiology
  • Oral consolidation exam after passing the previous examinations

Annual Fee:

AUD $1,397

Exam Fee:

Part 1 Examination: AUD $3,120
Part 2 Examination: AUD $3,120
Peer Review Assessment Fee: AUD $2,500
Basic Pathological Sciences Examination: AUD $700 ($165 for medical students)
General Pathology Exams:

  • Anatomical Pathology: AUD $1,700
  • Chemical Pathology: AUD $645
  • Haematology: AUD $645
  • Microbiology: AUD $645
  • Clinical Consolidation Oral Examination: AUD $1050

Autopsy Certificate: AUD $3,120

Registration Fee

Initial Registration Fee: AUD $110
First Year Training Fee:

  • Commencing 1 January – 31 March: AUD $1397
  • Commencing 1 April – 30 June: AUD $1047.75
  • Commencing 1 July – 30 September: AUD $698.50
  • Commencing 1 October – 31 December: AUD $349.25

  • Research relevant to general pathology or related fields
  • Fellowship in related sub-specialties
  • PhD

Key Information

PGY Intake Year (earliest)

PGY3

Training Duration (minimum)

5 years FTE

General Progression

Year 1
Internship
Year 2
General, Medical or Surgical year
Year 3
Commence Advanced Training in General Pathology
Part Time Option: Yes
The information found in this portal has been painstakingly collated by JMOs for JMOs, and is intended as a career progression guide for every aspiring JMO. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and currency of the information presented on this website, but recent changes made by Specialist Medical Colleges may not be reflected in real time; please consult with the respective Specialist Medical College websites for the latest information. PMCV and JMO Victoria accepts no responsibility for inaccuracies, errors, or omissions. Please feel free to contact our team with suggestions or comments via the feedback form.

General Pathology

General pathologists have a very broad understanding of the pathophysiology of disease, the diagnostic value of individual tests and also of the laboratory and its workings. They are often responsible for managing laboratories, ensuring the quality of the results and providing a diagnostic service and advice to clinicians.
Minimum Time to Completion: 7 years from graduation

Details

How to Apply

Eligibility Requirements

Prospective trainees must have:

  • 2 years of clinical hospital training
  • Be accepted into a training spot at an accredited hospital, then apply for registration with the college

Application Process

Applicants must first apply for and be accepted for an Advanced Training Position.

Program Structure

Trainees complete 5 years of certified training time comprising:

  • at least 8 months in each of Microbiology, Haematology, Clinical Chemistry (most trainees spend 1 year in each)
  • Minimum of 2 years in Anatomical Pathology (includes cytology and forensic pathology)

They will also complete:

  • Basic pathological sciences examination before or after the first year of training
  • Examinations in each of Anatomical Pathology, Chemical Pathology, Haematology and Microbiology
  • Oral consolidation exam after passing the previous examinations

Fees

Annual Fee:

AUD $1,397

Exam Fee:

Part 1 Examination: AUD $3,120
Part 2 Examination: AUD $3,120
Peer Review Assessment Fee: AUD $2,500
Basic Pathological Sciences Examination: AUD $700 ($165 for medical students)
General Pathology Exams:

  • Anatomical Pathology: AUD $1,700
  • Chemical Pathology: AUD $645
  • Haematology: AUD $645
  • Microbiology: AUD $645
  • Clinical Consolidation Oral Examination: AUD $1050

Autopsy Certificate: AUD $3,120

Registration Fee

Initial Registration Fee: AUD $110
First Year Training Fee:

  • Commencing 1 January – 31 March: AUD $1397
  • Commencing 1 April – 30 June: AUD $1047.75
  • Commencing 1 July – 30 September: AUD $698.50
  • Commencing 1 October – 31 December: AUD $349.25

Useful Resources / Courses / Conferences

  • Research relevant to general pathology or related fields
  • Fellowship in related sub-specialties
  • PhD

Key Information

PGY Intake Year (earliest)

PGY3

Training Duration (minimum)

5 years FTE

General Progression

Year 1
Internship
Year 2
General, Medical or Surgical year
Year 3
Commence Advanced Training in General Pathology
Part Time Option: Yes
The information found in this portal has been painstakingly collated by JMOs for JMOs, and is intended as a career progression guide for every aspiring JMO. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and currency of the information presented on this website, but recent changes made by Specialist Medical Colleges may not be reflected in real time; please consult with the respective Specialist Medical College websites for the latest information. PMCV and JMO Victoria accepts no responsibility for inaccuracies, errors, or omissions. Please feel free to contact our team with suggestions or comments via the feedback form.

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