Specialist International Medical Graduates

Applying in New Zealand

The term ‘Specialist International Medical Graduate’ (SIMG) is used by the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) to refer to those doctors who hold medical qualifications obtained outside New Zealand, but who wish to practise in New Zealand.

Assessment of SIMGs in New Zealand for the purpose of vocational registration within the scope of practice of Obstetrics and Gynaecology is undertaken by the MCNZ.

RANZCOG functions as a ‘Vocational Educational Advisory Body’ (VEAB) to the MCNZ.  Representatives from RANZCOG conduct SIMG assessments, on behalf of the MCNZ, and provide ‘advice’ to the MCNZ in relation to an applicant’s suitability for registration in the vocational scope.

View A Guide to the SIMG Assessment Process in New Zealand.

2019 interview dates: 19 July, 20 September, 18 November


Applying to be on the SIMG Assessment Panel (information for RANZCOG Fellows in NZ)

NZ SIMG applicants seeking recognition of their overseas specialist qualification apply first to the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) and then, subject to fulfilling certain minimum requirements, are assessed by the College through an initial paper-based assessment, followed by assessment at interview for comparability to a RANZCOG trained specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology.

The College relies upon the willingness of individual Fellows to give of their time in order to conduct many of its core activities, including the assessment of SIMG's. For more information read the guidelines for appointment of assessors.

If you would like to apply to be on the SIMG assessment panel, download the application form and return along with your CV to [email protected] or post to PO Box 10611, The Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand. 

View the SIMG Assessor Application Form New Zealand

If you have any questions, please contact Makiko Wimbush via email or phone +64 4 472 4608.



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