The Royal Melbourne Hospital employs Hospital Medical Officers (HMOs) who rotate through four  speciality rotations of 13-weeks. HMOs are employed by the hospital either through the Post Graduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV) computer match or via direct appointment.  

Applying for a HMO position via the PMCV computer match

HMO’s rotate through rotations which are streamed below. Applications for these positions are coordinated by the Post Graduate Medical Council of Victoria - please see their website for eligibility criteria.

  • basic physician training year 1
  • surgical stream
  • general stream - combination of medical and surgical rotations

Applying for a HMO position directly to the RMH

HMO positions where applicants are appointed directly include:

  • oral and maxillofacial surgery PGY2+
  • critical care PGY3+
  • Royal Melbourne Hospital / Royal Women's Hospital PGY3+
  • Pre-SET Orthopaedic Surgery PGY3+
  • Pre-SET General Surgery PGY3+
  • Psychiatry HMO PGY2+
Basic Physician Training Year 1 (BPT1)

The BPT1 stream is for those applicants who intend on completing Basic Physician Training within three years. To be eligible to apply for these positions, you must have the intention to register with the Royal Australian College of Physicians. Offer of employment and rotations are made in good faith of this requirement.

All available BPT1 rotations below are located to the RMH City Campus unless otherwise noted include:

  • aged care (Royal Park Campus)
  • assessment medical unit (general medicine)
  • cardiology
  • endocrinology
  • gastroenterology
  • haematology
  • Hospital in the Home (HITH)
  • intensive care medicine
  • infectious diseases
  • medical oncology (Peter MacCallum)
  • nephrology
  • neurology
  • ophthalmology
  • psychiatry outpatients (Coburg) and acute
  • rehabilitation medicine (Royal Park Campus)
  • relieving / leave cover
  • respiratory medicine

Application process

RMH participates in a statewide matching process coordinated by the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV). The PMCV govern the eligibility to apply for positions through the computer match. Applications are to be made via a parallel application process which includes an online application to RMH and the PMCV website.

Application requirements will be an updated resume, 2 clinical referee reports via PMCV Computer Matching website, and selection criteria questions to be answered at the point of application. No cover letter will be required.

Only one (1) stream can be applied for, applications for multiple streams will not be considered.

Applications submitted for multiple streams may result in applications being withdrawn however this does not apply to positions that are separate to the PMCV Match.

Apply now for 2019 positions – applications close Friday 20 July

Surgical stream

The surgical stream is for those applicants seeking further experience in a range of surgical specialities prior to applying for a surgical college training program.

All available surgical steam rotations outlined below are located to the RMH City Campus unless otherwise noted include:

  • cardiothoracic surgery
  • emergency medicine (RMH)
  • emergency medicine (Wangaratta)
  • ENT
  • intensive care medicine
  • neurosurgery
  • ophthalmology
  • orthopaedic surgery
  • plastic surgery
  • relieving / leave cover
  • surgical oncology (Peter MacCallum)
  • trauma
  • urology
  • vascular surgery

Application process

RMH participates in a statewide matching process coordinated by the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV). The PMCV govern the eligibility to apply for positions through the computer match. Applications are to be made via a parallel application process which includes an online application to RMH and the PMCV website.

Application requirements will be an updated resume, 2 clinical referee reports via PMCV Computer Matching website, and selection criteria questions to be answered at the point of application. No cover letter will be required.

Only one (1) stream can be applied for, applications for multiple streams will not be considered.

Applications submitted for multiple streams may result in applications being withdrawn however this does not apply to positions that are separate to the PMCV Match.

Apply now for 2019 positions – applications close Friday 20 July

General stream

The general stream is for those applicants who are not committed to completing Basic Physician Training within three years and or who are not intending to apply for a surgical training program. All available general stream rotations below are located to the RMH City Campus unless otherwise noted:

  • aged care (Royal Park Campus)
  • cardiology
  • dermatology / drug and alcohol
  • emergency medicine (RMH)
  • emergency (Wangaratta)
  • Hospital in the Home (HITH)
  • improvement officer
  • intensive care
  • medical education officer
  • medical and surgical oncology (Peter MacCallum)
  • neurosurgery
  • ophthalmology
  • orthopaedic surgery
  • plastic surgery
  • psychiatry
  • relieving / leave cover
  • rehabilitation medicine (Royal Park Campus)

Application process

RMH participates in a statewide matching process coordinated by the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV). The PMCV govern the eligibility to apply for positions through the computer match. Applications are to be made via a parallel application process which includes an online application to RMH and the PMCV website.

Application requirements will be an updated resume, 2 clinical referee reports via PMCV Computer Matching website, and selection criteria questions to be answered at the point of application. No cover letter will be required.

Only one (1) stream can be applied for, applications for multiple streams will not be considered.

Applications submitted for multiple streams may result in applications being withdrawn however this does not apply to positions that are separate to the PMCV Match.

Apply now for 2019 positions – applications close Friday 20 July

Critical Care PGY3+

The Royal Melbourne Hospital offers six Critical Care positions primarily suited to PGY3+ doctors considering a career in Anaesthesia and who would like to gain further experience before applying to one of the specialty training programs.

Doctors will rotate through four rotations of 13 weeks comprising of Anaesthesia, Intensive Care Medicine, Emergency Medicine and a Relieving/Leave cover term. The rotation through Anaesthesia will be in either term 1 or term 2 to enable you to gain experience and suitable referees should you plan on applying for the training program. Our preference is that your annual leave be taken in one block of five weeks during your relieving / leave cover term.

Apply now for 2019 positions - applications close 23 June 2018.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) HMO positions

The Royal Melbourne Hospital offers two Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) HMO positions primarily suited to PGY2+ doctors considering a career in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and who would like to gain further experience before applying to the specialty training program.

Doctors will spend six months working within OMFS, three months in surgical speciality such as orthopaedic surgery and three months in a relief / leave cover term. Our preference is that your annual leave be taken in one block of five weeks during your relieving / leave cover term.

Applications will be considered from both single qualified (medical only) and dual qualified (medical and dental) applicants.

Applications for 2018 positions are now open

Please note - these are not unaccredited registrar positions.

Pre-SET Orthopaedic Surgery PGY3+

The Pre-SET HMO PGY3+positions rotate through four rotations of 13 week rotations including the following:

  • two orthopaedic surgery HMO rotations at RMH
  • one orthopaedic surgery HMO rotation at Wangaratta
  • one relieving / cover term

There are four positions available to PGY3 and PGY4 who wish to gain further experience in orthopaedic surgery prior to either applying for SET or an unaccredited position the following year.

2019 Applications now closed


Pre-SET General Surgery PGY3+

The Royal Melbourne Hospital offers a limited number of Post Graduate Year (PGY) 3+ positions to doctors who are seeking to gain experience as a junior registrar within general surgery. These positions provide prized surgical experience and patient management opportunities, ideal for candidates attempting to enter the surgical training program. To be eligible to apply, it is expected that you are preparing to sit the GSSE exam in 2019 if you haven’t already.

Successful applicants will rotate through a minimum of six months in the following positions:

  • unaccredited general surgery registrar - The Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • unaccredited colorectal registrar - Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
  • urology surgical HMO (after hours General Surgery Registrar cover) - Wangaratta
  • unaccredited urology registrar – Ballarat
  • unaccredited general surgery registrar - Wimmera
  • unaccredited general surgery registrar (6 month rotation) - Epworth

You will also have the opportunities to rotate through the following HMO rosters.

  • cardiothoracic surgery
  • intensive care medicine
  • neurosurgery
  • orthopaedic surgery
  • plastic surgery
  • trauma
  • urology
  • vascular surgery

Apply now for unaccredited positions in 2019 - applications close 22 July 2018.

Royal Melbourne Hospital / Royal Women's Hospital PGY3+ position

In conjunction with The Royal Women's Hospital (RWH), The Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) offers a unique opportunity to undertake a joint PGY3+ HMO position comprising of 6 months in Obstetrics & Gynaecology and 6 months in adult medicine. This position would be beneficial to those seeking a GP career pathway or similar.

Note: this position would not be suitable to those wishing to undertake the Diploma of Obstetrics & Gynaecology as recent changes RANZCOG training requirements prevent accreditation of this joint year.

Apply now for 2019 positions – applications close Friday 20 July

Frequently asked questions

Can I update my application after I have submitted it online?

Yes, as long as the position has not closed. All you need to do is find the position you applied for on the eMercury recruitment website, choose 'Apply' and start entering in your details again (as though you had never applied before), the system will recognise you and automatically bring up all the details you had entered in your initial application. You can then change any details or attachments. Again, once you completed the application process, you should receive an email acknowledgement.

How many positions are available for each stream?

At this stage we are unable to confirm how many positions will be available however it is likely that there will be more general stream positions available than Medical BPT1 or Surgical stream positions. It is advised that you only apply for Medical BPT1 or surgical stream positions if you are committed to that career path as both streams are highly competitive and due to the limited number of positions.

How are interviews arranged?

Should you be shortlisted, you will be sent an email with a link and invited to book an interview via our online booking website.

Rotations

How are rotations allocated?

Allocations are coordinated via a central process. All successful applicants are required to complete a preference form where each rotation is numbered in order of preference. There is also an opportunity to write any details to support your preferences such as college requirements.

How can I guarantee that I can get a certain rotation?

There is no way to guarantee that you will be allocated any specific rotation. It simply depends on how many people rank that rotation as their first preference and how many positions we have available each year.

What if I am allocated a rotation I did not preference highly?

We do our best to allocate rotations fairly across all streams however it is inevitable that not everyone will be satisfied with all their rotations. In this situation, you are able to swap your rotation with a colleague and also swap into rotations as and when they become available during the year. The Medical Workforce Unit do their best to work with you in swapping rotations.

Are there any compulsory rotations at RMH as a HMO?

There are no set rotations which we require you to complete however most HMOs complete a relieving/leave cover term where your annual leave is ideally taken in one 5 week block.

What is the medical education officer role?

The Medical Education HMO position is a unique role, working as part of the RMH Clinical School, the role involves teaching MD students from the University of Melbourne in a range of different contexts. This includes clinical simulation sessions, held at the Melbourne Clinical Simulation Centre, case-based teaching, and practical workshops focused on developing students’ clinical skills.

The role represents an invaluable opportunity to develop relevant skills and gain practical experience in medical education delivery, particularly at a HMO level.

The role offers a degree of independence and autonomy, empowering HMOs to identify areas for improvement and develop new initiatives to improve teaching delivery and is well-supported through the wealth of experience and knowledge held by RMH Clinical School staff, who provide regular guidance, mentoring and feedback throughout the rotation.

What is the improvement officer role?

The Improvement HMO role empowers junior doctors to liaise with senior medical staff and administrative team about ineffective processes within the organisation. It is a fulfilling position that equips junior doctors with skills to improve Melbourne Health from the ground up.

The Improvement HMOs act as junior doctor representatives and provide innovative solutions to problems to senior medical and administrative staff. They lead various improvement projects under the guidance of the Executive Directors, who provide regular coaching and mentoring. They are the Support Officers for the monthly HMO Committee meetings and bimonthly Head of Units meetings. As such, they work closely with the Executive team and medical administrative staff.