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

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Interview process
Once we have completed the preliminary assessment you may be invited to attend an interview for further assessment. The SIMG interview is undertaken in person at the ANZCA offices in either Melbourne or Wellington. In exceptional circumstances a video interview may be granted. If you wish to request a video interview, you must submit a request in writing which will be reviewed by the DPA SIMG.

If you are invited to interview you will be required to pay the interview fee prior to a date being set. This fee must be paid within six months of invitation to interview and you must attend the interview within 12 months of invitation to interview. If you are unable to comply with these timeframes you should contact the College to discuss your options.

In Australia, anaesthesia interviews are held on predetermined dates approximately every four to six weeks. In New Zealand, and for pain medicine applications (in Australia and New Zealand), interview dates will be determined on a case by case basis.

The interview will normally be conducted by a panel of four people (three Fellows of ANZCA and a community representative). For those undertaking a dual assessment in anaesthesia and pain medicine, the interview for each assessment will normally be undertaken concurrently by a panel of five (two Fellows of ANZCA, two Fellows of the Faculty of Pain Medicine and a community representative).

Interviews take between 30-60 minutes and are an assessment of an SIMG in the following areas:
  • Training.
  • Qualification.
  • Specialist practice.
  • Continuing professional development.
  • Cultural awareness.
The interview panel will be assessing your comparability against the standards expected of an Australian/New Zealand-trained specialist anaesthetist/pain medicine physician.
Outcome of interview
Once you have completed your interview, we will email you an outcome, normally within 10 business days of your interview. A copy of the assessment outcome (Report 1) will also be uploaded to the AMC/AHPRA portal. 

New Zealand
The MCNZ will send you the outcome of your vocational registration pathway assessment. You should contact the MCNZ to find out when you will receive this. If you have also requested an ANZCA Fellowship pathway assessment, we will email you the outcome of your assessment after you have been notified of the MCNZ assessment outcome.

The possible outcomes of an interview are:
Substantially comparable
You will be required to:
Partially comparable – anaesthesia
You will be required to:
  • Undertake a period of between 12 and 24 months of clinical practice in anaesthesia.
  • Successfully complete the SIMG examination.
  • Actively participate in the ANZCA and FPM CPD program.
  • Attend an EMAC course, if you have not already done so. 
  • If you have completed a comparable exam you may be eligible to undertake an SIMG WBA in lieu of the SIMG examination.
Partially comparable – pain medicine
You will be required to:
Not comparable
This means that you are not eligible to continue in the SIMG assessment process and should contact the AMC/MBA/MCNZ to discuss assessment options via the general pathway and then if relevant, the College training pathway.
Frequently asked questions
What do I need to bring with me?
In Australia, you must bring your passport to your interview. Your passport will be viewed by the SIMG administrative team prior to your interview.
I have fellowship of the College of Intensive Care Medicine (FCICM). Will this count towards my duration of training?
In Australia and New Zealand anaesthesia and intensive care medicine are separate specialities and the attainment of FCICM will not be counted as additional training for the purposes of an ANZCA SIMG assessment. 
What if I’m not happy with the outcome of my assessment?
You can apply for a reconsideration as per the ANZCA guidelines, Regulation 30.
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