Specialist international medical graduates

The Austraian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and the Faculty of Pain Medicine have several pathways open to overseas trained anaesthetists and pain medicine specialists. Information on these pathways can be found below.

Specialist International Medical Graduate process

The specialist international medical graduate (SIMG) assessment process evaluates the ability of a specialist to practise as an unsupervised specialist anaesthetist and/or pain medicine specialist at a standard comparable to that required of a Fellow of ANZCA (FANZCA)/Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine ANZCA (FFPMANZCA). The SIMG Committee co-ordinates the assessment guided by ANZCA’s regulation 23.

Area of Need process

The Area of Need (AoN) process applies to Australia only and is used to address medical workforce shortages in designated areas. The Area of Need process alone does not lead to fellowship of ANZCA/FPM or specialist registration by the Medical Board of Australia.

Specialist in Training process

Applicants who wish to enter a short-term specialist anaesthetic training position in Australia must be assessed by ANZCA for the purpose of medical registration.  The Specialist in Training (SiT) pathway does not lead to fellowship of ANZCA.

Election to Fellowship process

The ANZCA Council may consider applications from medical practitioners who are permanent residents in Australia or New Zealand for election to fellowship of the College without further assessment.
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