I'm an Australian physio looking to enter medicine next year. One thing that very much concerns me if I do get accepted to medical school is getting into a training program. In Aus, all specialty training is completed through central bodies (i.e Royal Australian College of Surgeons, Royal Australasian College of Physicians) and generally only after 2+ years of working as a junior doctor. Due to the increasing number of medical graduates, spots available to get onto specialty programs are becoming increasingly competitive – and some doctors spend 5+ years following graduation building a resume to increase their competitiveness. For example, in the whole of Australia, there were 3 trainees accepted onto the CT surgery program, 7 accepted into neurosurgery , and 1 accepted into peadiatric surgery for 2019.
Are there any Aus doctors here who could share how long it took them to get onto the specialty program of their choice?
Are specialty training spots this competitive in the US?
Any insight into this would be much appreciated 🙂
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