Frequently asked questions


My ACLS certificate is a few years old is this acceptable?

ACLS certificates cannot be more than three years old by the time you start the programme in December. A new certificate will need to be provided by the time you start the programme.

Can I apply for dual Fellowship?

You can complete a dual Fellowship in general practice and rural hospital medicine. You will need to apply separately for the GPEP training programme and the Division of Rural Hospital Medicine (DRHM) Training Programme.

We have specific regulations around dual Fellowship in general practice (GPEP) and rural hospital medicine (DRHM).

You can also complete GPEP while taking part in another vocational training programme, such as Urgent Care (although some restrictions apply).

What kind of employment types are there?

You have the option of either working full-time or part-time in GPEP year 1.

Full-time is ten-tenths (10/10ths) a week, comprising eight-tenths (8/10ths) clinical time for 12 months, plus two-tenths (2/10ths) a week spent in seminars. Actual hours of work will be determined by the teacher in consultation with you when you start the programme. The hours do not include unpaid lunch breaks.

Part-time is seven-tenths (7/10ths) a week, comprising five-tenths (5/10ths) clinical time for 12 months, plus two-tenths (2/10ths) a week spent in seminars. Actual hours of work will be determined by the teacher in consultation with you when you start the programme. The hours do not include unpaid lunch breaks.

Please think carefully about your choice. If you are College or practice-employed you cannot change from part-time to full-time as your increased salary would not be covered by the funding.

It is also not guaranteed that you will be able to change from full-time to part-time. You would need to apply for the change and work through the process with your advisor and the practice.

Can my previous clinical training be recognised?

If you have gained clinical experience before beginning the General Practice Education Programme you may be eligible to have your GPEP clinical time reduced.

Everyone must complete GPEP year 1 in its entirety though, so it's better to enquire further once you've passed GPEP year 1.

Is my clinical time restricted just to general practice?

You have to do 18 months clinical time in general practice (12 months of which is GPEP year 1), and you can do up to 18 months of clinical time in other specialties if you apply and are approved.