IMGS assessment process

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 and 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 information on the specialist international medical graduate assessment process for those assessed after April 3, 2017.

Prior to April 3, 2017 ANZCA international medical graduate specialist (IMGS) assessment process evaluated the ability of a specialist to practise as an unsupervised specialist anaesthetist at a standard comparable to that required of a Fellow of ANZCA (FANZCA). 
 

The IMGS assessment process usually included:

  • A review of documentation to determine whether the applicant is potentially comparable to a Fellow of ANZCA.  Applicants assessed as not comparable will be ineligible to proceed. 
  • A face-to-face structured interview for applicants assessed as potentially comparable to a Fellow of ANZCA. The applicant will be interviewed by a panel which normally has three ANZCA Fellows plus at least one community and/or jurisdictional representative. The interview panel will use various criteria to determine whether an international medical graduate specialist is substantially, partially or not comparable to a Fellow of ANZCA.  
  • The interview panel will also determine what requirements each international medical graduate specialist must undertake. These requirements will include a period of 12 to 24 months of up-skilling or supervised practice and, a workplace-based assessment (WBA) or an examination.
  • All applicants must participate in a continuing professional development (CPD) program consistent with the ANZCA Continuing Professional Development Standards and may be required to complete an Effective Management of Anaesthetic Crises (EMAC) course and address other specific deficiencies determined at the structured interview. If an international medical graduate specialist is able to provide evidence of having completed an Effective Management of Anaesthetic Crises course within the six years preceding their interview date they may be exempted this requirement.
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