Clinical practice assessment

The following information relates to doctors undertaking the Specialist International Medical Graduate (SIMG) assessment process in Australia and SIMG who are undertaking the ANZCA fellowship pathway in New Zealand who were assessed prior to April 3, 2017. For SIMG undertaking the pathway for Vocational Registration in New Zealand, please contact the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) for information on your requirements. 

Click here for CPA information for specialist international medical graduatesassessed after April 3, 2017.

Every international medical graduate specialist (IMGS) who is accepted into the IMGS assessment process will be required to undertake a period of 12 to 24 months (full-time equivalent) supervised practice/up-skilling, which is referred to as the clinical practice assessment (CPA) period.  The clinical practice assessment period serves to familiarise the applicant with anaesthesia practice in Australia and/or New Zealand, and to facilitate assessment of practice performance. In some cases, it may also address deficiencies in anaesthesia training or experience. The duration of the clinical practice assessment period will be determined following your face-to-face interview with the College. The clinical practice assessment period may be undertaken on a part-time basis provided it is at no less than 0.5 full-time equivalent and specified in the position description. Clinical practice assessment undertaken on a part-time basis will be credited towards the clinical practice assessment requirement pro rata. 

 

The clinical practice assessment period may begin from the date the IMGS starts employment in a suitable position or the process will automatically begin 12 months from the date of interview. If the IMGS is employed in a suitable position at the time of interview, the clinical practice assessment period will start from the date of interview.

 

To begin the clinical practice assessment period you must submit a position description for consideration. The position description must be submitted in the ANZCA format and be accompanied by a completed supervisors’ agreement.   Once a position has been approved you will be able to count time towards your clinical practice assessment period.  Please be aware that in some instances the proposed position may only be approved for part of the clinical practice assessment period.

 

Throughout the clinical practice assessment period your supervisor must complete six-monthly CPA reports, which you must submit to the College for review.  CPA reports must be submitted in the ANZCA format within three months of the end date of the CPA report.  In some cases Medical Board of Australia and Medical Council of New Zealand supervision reports will also be accepted.  It is important to note that CPA reports of less than three months duration may not be accepted. You will be required to continue to submit CPA reports until you have completed all other requirements.  Should you wish to interrupt your clinical practice assessment period please review the frequently asked questions on this matter.

 

For further information on the clinical practice assessment period please read regulation 23 and the frequently asked questions or email imgs@anzca.edu.au

 

Information on fees associated with the clinical practice assessment period can be found here.

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