Advice for 1st year trainees
Welcome to the exciting world of infectious diseases and clinical microbiology. If you are reading this, it’s because you’re interested in applying for a training position or are looking to the future. Below are a few ideas of how to approach the process (mostly from the recruiters themselves).
Training and Accreditation
- Have a look at training requirements on the RACP and/or RCPA websites
- Check with RACP and RCPA regarding the accreditation status of your intended hospital as this is changing all the time
Finding a position
- Join ASID and subscribe to Ozbug and the Trainee Indranet email discussion groups, for resources and advertising of positions.
- Update your CV and get a colleague to proof read it
- Consider a training job in General Medicine at your chosen centre and then show your enthusiasm to the Infectious Diseases department (although again there are no guarantees!)
- Remember, sometimes positions become available through the year.
Before you apply
- Contact heads of department and trainees currently employed ahead of time, if you intend to apply for a position (particularly in a centralised match)
- If there is no reply to an email request for information, please contact the relevant department by phone. The number and nature of positions may vary from what’s indicated.
- It is always advantageous to attend interviews in person.
- Participating in a match doesn’t guarantee you a job. It is wise to explore a number of different options in the case that you don’t get an opportunity in your state of first choice. It is important to apply widely (including interstate and overseas!)