Once you finish your medical degree, you need to undertake an internship to become a practicing doctor.
You are known as a resident once you have completed your internship and are employed in a hospital, but haven’t yet completed pre-vocational training. Once you have successfully completed your internship you qualify for full registration with the Medical Board in your state, and you can practice independently.
You are known as a specialist if you have completed your training to practise a particular branch of medicine, and you are known as a registrar if you are a doctor training to become a specialist. Specialist training allows you to work in either a specialty practice or a specific part of the health system.
The pages in the sub-menu will provide you with more information regarding each step of the process.