"Exciting. Dynamic. Stimulating. For a Rural Generalist, no two days are the same."

Dr Rob Dickson

Fellowship guide


About rural generalism

Rural Generalists (RGs) are highly skilled GPs who lead the way in rural and remote medicine. They specialise in providing a broad scope of practice giving them the skills to make a real difference in rural and remote communities.

Lead the way. We’ve got your back

Choosing an ACRRM Fellowship puts you on the path to becoming a Rural Generalist. ACRRM supports you on that journey with a rural and remote-centric curriculum, training you in the specialised skills and knowledge to competently and confidently deliver human-centred health care. From day one you can deepen your knowledge in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, anaesthetics, emergency medicine, mental health, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, surgery, palliative care and more.


Why choose ACRRM?

ACRRM Fellowship is a four-year program with the rural context embedded in the curriculum from day one. As the home of rural generalism, we deliver a program providing a broad range of knowledge and skills to produce safe, confident and independent rural generalists who provide their communities with excellent health care. We achieve this through the breadth and depth of our competency-based, skills-focused curriculum, developed by rural doctors for rural doctors.

The Fellowship is made up of three years Core Generalist Training (CGT) and a minimum of 12 months Advanced Specialised Training (AST) where registrars must meet training, education and assessment requirements outlined below.

Extended scope of practice

Build a broader set of skills to confidently support and promote the health and wellbeing of rural and remote communities. Specialise in your area of interest with Advanced Specialised Training.

Rural from start to finish

The rural context underpins every aspect of the ACRRM curriculum from day one.

Globally recognised qualification

Your Fellowship is your passport to work all over the world with FACRRMs currently working across all continents in a diverse range of roles.

Choose your own adventure

Choose your own adventure whether it is working with the Royal Flying Doctor Services, Médecins Sans Frontières, Aboriginal Health Services, hospitals, private practice throughout Australia or worldwide as a Fellow of ACRRM.


Fellowship training

Achieving Fellowship

Core Generalist Training

Covering three out of the four years of the Fellowship program, find out what skills and environments you will be training in.

Achieving Fellowship

Advanced Specialised Training

Deepen your knowledge and specialise in your area of interest with a minimum of 12 - 24 months of Advanced Specialised Training. Discover your area of interest.

Achieving Fellowship

Core Generalist Education

Core Generalist Education aims to solidify registrars knowledge and skills and supports their learning for sitting assessment. Discover the education requirements.

Achieving Fellowship

Rural Generalist Assessment

Assessment ensures you have acquired knowledge, skills and attitudes to work safely and competently in an unsupervised general practice setting in Australia, particularly in challenging rural and remote contexts. Learn more about assessment modalities.

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Fellowship Pathways

One summit, many paths. From fully government funded, partially government funded, or unsupervised, find out which pathway to Fellowship is for you.

Other Avenues

If you are an overseas-trained doctor, have extensive experience as a GP, or hold recognised Canadian or New Zealand specialist qualifications, you could achieve Fellowship with ACRRM through an alternative avenue.

Maintaining Fellowship

What happens when you become a Fellow with ACRRM? Learn about our Professional Development Program and how you can maintain your Fellowship.