Career Pathways

Medical Officer

The field of medicine is a broad area of health care. Medical officers are a highly skilled and empowered workforce committed to delivering accessible, equitable and sustainable health care to the patients they treat.

A career in medicine offers endless opportunities for lifelong learning and varied practice. With over 55 medical specialties to choose from, you are sure to find a career pathway that is both personally and professionally fulfilling.

Some medical specialties include:

  • Addiction Medicine
  • Anatomical Pathology
  • General Practice
  • General Surgery
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Immunology
  • Paediatric Surgery
  • Public Health Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Rural Generalism
  • Sexual Health Medicine

Within Queensland there are a variety of workplace settings for medical officers to provide clinical care to the public – from working in metropolitan cities to small rural communities and everything in between.

Queensland medical students have the opportunity to be employed as a Student in Medicine (SiM) whilst in their final years of medical school. SiMs work in Queensland Hospital and Health Services and assist in supporting medical officers to deliver clinical care to patients, while gaining exposure to the health care system prior to completing their medical studies and obtaining medical registration.

Pathway key:

  • Study
  • Job Outcomes
  • Personal Story
  • Further Options

Thinking about studying medicine? - Undergraduate Pathway


Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

Post Graduate Pathway


Doctor of Medicine (MD)

Further options

After successfully completing an undergraduate or postgraduate medical degree and gaining provisional medical registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra), you will become an intern and undertake an internship at an accredited training hospital for one year. Your intern year (Postgraduate Year (PGY) 1) is designed to expose you to the many different facets of medicine and build upon the practical and clinical knowledge you gained from your medical studies.

Following completion of your internship and gaining general medical registration with Ahpra, you will have the ability to work in rotational roles as a junior house officer (PGY2) and a senior house officer (PGY3) within the hospital system to further gain experience in the many different specialty areas of medicine.

Once you have gained experience in a variety of different areas in your formative post graduate years, you can choose to apply to an Australian medical specialty college to be selected onto an advanced training program that will see you specialise in your chosen field of medicine. You will have the ability to work as an independent specialist upon completion of your training program and be responsible for the medical care of your patients, as part of a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals.

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