Requirements for PGY1 & PGY2 Training

Similar to how PMCWA currently accredits units as “core” or “non-core”, the Framework uses terminology which identifies the area of clinical experience that a prevocational doctor is expected to gain during their term. These classifications are listed below, and the definitions are available here.

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The new requirements for PGY1s will be formally implemented in 2024 and should result in very little change. The main adjustment will be the inclusion of PGY2 in 2025, which will provide support and breadth of clinical experience to consolidate their skills.

With 2024 intern recruitment occurring mid this year, medical workforce teams will be required to review their term matrices soon to ensure there will be adequate and appropriate rotations for all of their 2024 PGY1s. Matrices will need to meet the AMC program requirements to ensure their 2024 PGY1s are provided with the opportunity to meet general registration requirements. AMC’s new program requirements also stipulate clear guidelines on the time allowed in service terms (e.g. leave relief). We anticipate the new term classification requirements will provide more opportunities for PGY1 rotations rather than result in difficulties in meeting the new requirements. 

PGY1 and PGY2 requirements


Similar to what PGY1s currently do, PGY2s will also be required to:

  • Complete 47 weeks
  • Rotate through terms to experience a range of clinical experience, for a minimum of 10 weeks per term. This clinical experience terminology is now known as undifferentiated illness care, chronic illness care, acute and critical illness care, and peri-operative/procedural care (PGY2s are not required to rotate through a peri-operative/procedural care term).
  • Complete a minimum of three terms with a maximum of 25% in any one specialiy, a maximum of 25% in a service team, and at least 50% being part of a clinical team
  • Complete PGY2 within four years.

General registration will still be granted at the end of PGY1 (once all mandatory requirements are met), and the definition of an internship (PGY1) will remain the same.

At the conclusion of PGY2 (once all necessary requirements are met) an AMC Certificate of Completion will be issued. It is important to note:

  • This does not prevent entry into a College training program during PGY2 prior to receiving a Certificate of Completion.
  • The three year contracts that are offered to interns in WA and the ability for a PGY2 or PGY3 to change employers during that time remain in place (once PGY1 requirements are met).
  • This does not prevent trainees from taking leave between PGY1 and PGY2.

Below is where you will find information on PGY1 and PGY2 requirements within the AMC’s ‘Training and Environment’ document:

  • Overview of the requirements for programs and terms (page 34)
  • Summary of program level requirements (pages 35-36)
  • Summary of term level requirements (page 37)
  • Classification of terms (page 38)
  • An overview of the assessment of the requirements (which can be found in the AMC’s ‘Training and Assessment’ document on page 45)

Our recent Medical Education Symposium included a presentation which outlined these changes. 

For additional information, please view the AMC website