I often get asked about how many specialty areas there are within medicine, and to find out more information on specialty training pathways to help people make decisions.

There are alot of things to consider when thinking of your specialty choice – how long is the training? How much does it cost? What are the pre-requisites?

The below 3 websites are on high rotation on my reading list as they are so comprehensive and provide alot of information about different specialty areas.  They do not cover every single pathway that a doctor may choose to take but provides information about the training pathways.









Medical Career Planning (MCP) is very excited to announce a new partnership with Medical Education Experts (MEE). MCP will be working with Dr Rebecca Stewart and the team at MEE to mentor, counsel and support doctors who require some assistance in this area. Medical Education Experts have multiple other areas they can assist doctors in – Remediation support, Examination preparation and Support and Resilience coaching just to name a few!

To see the full range of services MEE can offer you have a look at the following website.


The Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) has said that the area of addiction medicine is in desperate need of more doctors to train and practice in this area. Apparently there are currently 230 Fellows of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians’ Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine in Australia and New Zealand (AChAM). The average age of these fellows is 58 years, and there are currently just 23 trainees across the two countries.

Dr Matthew Frei, president of the AChAM believes that empathy and a streak of altruism are essential, and that it is very rewarding then you see a patient stabilise. Dr Ingrid van Beek AM, who is the current director of the Kirketon Road Centre was interviewed by the MJA. She regularly speaks to medical students about the difference they can make if they go into this area.

However, Dr van Beek said that there are three factors that discourage doctors in training from going into addiction medicine:

Read More: https://www.myhealthcareer.com.au/medicine/undersupply-of-vocational-training-places

According to new projections released by the Department of Health, unless there is an increase in the number of post-medical school training positions available, around one in six students entering medical school in 2015 will not be able to complete their medical training and go on to become a fully qualified doctor.

Why is this the case?
There is a mismatch between the number of domestic medical graduates and the availability of vocational training opportunities required to become a fully qualified doctor:

  • Medical student commencements and completions have more than doubled since 2000
  • There has been a 43% increase in the number of vocational training positions between 2008 and 2012

Read More: https://www.myhealthcareer.com.au/medicine/undersupply-of-vocational-training-places

Thinking about studying medicine and want to know what medical specialties are out there?

Let’s start at the beginning…..The Australian Medical Association has a page on their websitethat outlines the pathways to medical school and to become a doctor.

For a list of medical specialties that are acknowledged by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, click here and open the document “List of specialties, fields and related titles Registration Standard.”

After completing a medical degree, internship and residency, you will need to complete the vocational training in your chosen medical specialty. Following is a list of some of the specialist medical colleges where you can apply for a training position. Please note that entry into a vocational training program is often very competitive:


Read More: https://www.myhealthcareer.com.au/medicine/medical-specialties