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A Career In Radiology

As a radiologist you will know how to interpret diagnostic tests, assess the need for interventional procedures, and select the best possible treatment based on x-rays, ultrasounds, CT and MRI imaging.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists training program runs for five years, commencing with general radiology and followed by focused training rotations. New trainees will also study a recently revamped curriculum that covers modern development within the field, ensuring that the demand for highly skilled radiologists across the country can be met.

Potential candidates need to meet the College’s prerequisite requirements which are identified below and have secured a training position within an accredited training department.

Radiology Training Brochure

How to become a Radiologist

Radioloy Registrars:  
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Pre-requisites for Entry into the RANZCR Radiology Training Program

To be accepted by the College into the training program, a candidate must:

1. Meet the following criteria:

a. Be a graduate of a medical school recognised by the Medical Board of Australia and the Board of the RANZCR (or have successfully completed both Part 1 and Part 11 AMC examinations for overseas Medical Graduates in Australia)

or

b. Be a graduate of a medical school recognised by the Medical Council of New Zealand and the Board of the RANZCR (or have successfully completed the NZREX for overseas medical graduates in New Zealand)

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c. Be a graduate of a medical school recognised by the registering authority of the country in which the RANZCR training program is conducted and the Board of the RANZCR

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2. Be fully registered as a medical practitioner by the registering authority recognised by the Board of the RANZCR, in the state or country in which the RANZCR training program is conducted

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3. Complete two full years in an approved hospital as an intern/resident.

As a general rule, the Radiology Education and Training Committee encourages experience in a broad spectrum of clinical disciplines prior to undertaking radiology training.
Senior Medical Officer (SMO):  
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Registrars = doctors who have been accepted into an accredited specialist training program in a clinical specialty with a nominated college. See RANZCR Radiology Registrar Pre-requisites above.

Principal House Officer (PHO) = 3rd and subsequent post graduate years. A PHO is a medical practitioner appointed as such who is not undertaking an accredited course of study leading to a higher medical qualification. A PHO position is an equivalent level to Registrar.

Resident Medical Officers (RMO):  
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Senior House Officer (SHO) = 3rd post graduate year. A SHO is a medical practitioner in the second or subsequent years of practical experience after eligibility for full registration as a medical practitioner and who has not been appointed as a Registrar or Principal House Officer.

 
Junior House Officer (JHO) = 2nd post graduate year. A JHO is a medical practitioner in their first year of service after eligibility for full registration as a medical practitioner.
 
Intern = a medical practitioner who holds a certificate from the Medical Board of Australia authorising an appointment as such under the Medical Practitioners Registration Act 2001. Interns are medical graduates who have been accepted into an intern training program under the supervision of their employing hospital. Generally, this will be the 1st year of practice following completion of a medical degree. In this year they must successfully complete various rotations under clinical supervision. 

 

University Medical Degree:  
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Traditionally a medical degree is a six-year undergraduate program leading to the awards of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). Students can also enrol in a dual degree pathways such as Arts/Medicine program which, over seven years leads to an additional award of Bachelor of Arts (BA, MBBS). Further to this there are also graduate entry programs of four years for those wishing to pursue a career in medicine, but this is only available those who already have a Bachelor Degree.