The introduction of Clinical Experiences

The Australian Medical Councils (AMCs) revised National Framework for Prevocational Medical Training (National Framework), will provide longitudinal support, training, and assessment to prevocational doctors (PGY1 and PGY2), resulting in safe and high-quality care for patients. The National Framework aims to provide a broad generalist experience for prevocational doctors that is consistent nationwide.

From 2025, all PGY2 training programs nationwide must meet the requirements of the National Framework. This change means that by the end of the PGY2 year, each prevocational doctor must have completed a rotation in each of the following Clinical Experiences:

In addition, the National Framework stipulates that PGY2 doctors cannot spend more than 25% of the year in a single subspecialty. As a result of this, the traditional PGY2 streaming approach used in many Victorian Health Services will be superseded by the requirements of the National Framework.

The Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV) has developed PGY2 Program Guidelines to support Victorian health services in fulfilling these requirements. The guideline includes:

  • Guidelines on criteria for a PGY2 rotation to be approved as Clinical Experience A
  • Guidelines on criteria for a PGY2 rotation to be approved as Clinical Experience B
  • Guidelines on criteria for a PGY2 rotation to be approved as Clinical Experience C
  • Guidelines for 6-month rotations in PGY2
  • Guidelines for service rotations

Implementation of the PGY2 program requirements will ensure that prevocational medical training is a period of broad generalist experience, where doctors have the opportunity to develop their clinical expertise in a range of environments. This change will ensure that Victoria is in line with practices in other jurisdictions.

You can find the full guidelines below:

PGY2 Term Descriptions and Rotation Planners

A PMCV Accreditation PGY2 subcommittee has been established to review all Victorian PGY2 programs to determine if they meet the requirements of the National Framework prior to 2025.

By the 1st of August 2024, health services must submit all PGY2 Term Descriptions (vocational and non-vocational) and evidence to support the Clinical Experience classification to PMCV for review.

By the 1st of September 2024, health services must submit PGY2 Rotation Planners to PMCV for review.

If a health service cannot meet these requirements in 2025, this should be discussed with PMCV as exceptions may be permitted on a case-by-case basis.

To learn more about PGY2 program requirements please head to the link below:

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