Q. Can I apply for BPT2 if I have not completed (or am not currently completing) my BPT1 year?
BPT2 positions are for the second year of Basic Physician Training. Generally, you would only apply for a BPT2 position if you have completed, or are in the process of completing, a BPT1 year. There are some exceptions to this rule however, and you should seek advice from the BPT Coordinator at the health service/s that you are interested in applying to if you are not sure which position you should apply for. For example, some health services would prefer candidates at PGY3+ level to apply for BPT2 positions, even if they have not completed at BPT1 year (this will vary from health service to health service).
Q. Can I receive a BPT2 pre-match offer at another Health Service than the one where I am currently employed?
No, BPT2 & Critical Care pre-Match offers are for internal appointments only, i.e., a doctor working in a Victorian health service in 2022 continuing with the same employing health service in 2023.
The only exception is as follows:
The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) do not employ interns. RCH are permitted to make pre-match offers to doctors not currently employed at that health service. Please note that RCH pre-match offers are reported to the PMCV. If you have accepted a pre-match offer with RCH and enter the HMO Match, this will be reported to RCH.
Q. If I have been offered a pre-match, can I enter the BPT2/Critical Care Match as well?
If you have signed a contract for a pre-match, you should not complete an application for the BPT2/Critical Care Match.
If candidates identified as holding a pre-match offer enter the Match, this will be reported to the health service with which they have accepted the pre-match offer.
If candidates reported as holding a pre-match offer remain in the Match after the final withdrawal date and they are allocated to a position via the Match, they will be bound to accept their matched position and forfeit their pre-match offer.
Q. I have verbally been offered a position but I have not been given a contact or I have a contract but have not signed it. Is this still considered an offer?
Contracts should be issued and signed for it to be a binding offer. Please speak to your Health Service as soon as possible if you have not received a contract, or you do not wish to accept the pre-match offer you have received.
Q. What if I don’t want to accept a pre-match offer and go into the Match instead?
You need to advise the Health Service making the offer that your preference is to enter the Match. You should not sign a contract. Some health services may permit you to hold a pre-match offer and participate in the Match, but you must discuss this with the health service. If you do enter the Match and you are allocated to a position, you will be bound to accept the matched position and forfeit your pre-match offer.
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