Specialist International Medical Graduates


Assessment process in New Zealand

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

MCNZ undertakes assessment of SIMGs in New Zealand for the purpose of vocational registration within the scope of practice of obstetrics and gynaecology. RANZCOG functions as a ‘Vocational Educational Advisory Body’ (VEAB) to MCNZ. 

Representatives from RANZCOG conduct SIMG assessments, on behalf of MCNZ, and provide advice to MCNZ in relation to an applicant’s suitability for registration in the vocational scope.

RANZCOG: A Guide to the SIMG Assessment Process in New Zealand 

MCNZ: Getting registered

COVID-19: SIMG Program FAQs

2021 SIMG interview dates: 22 February, 16 April, 2 July, 10 September, 18 October, 26 November


Information for RANZCOG Fellows in NZ: SIMG Assessment Panel 

RANZCOG 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.

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 RANZCOG through an initial paper-based assessment, followed by assessment at interview for comparability to a RANZCOG trained specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology.

RANZCOG guidelines for appointment of assessors
SIMG Assessor Application Form New Zealand 

We are not currently taking applications for the SIMG Assessment Panel.  If you wish to register your interest in becoming a SIMG Assessor in the future please contact Makiko Wimbush at [email protected]


More information

For further information contact Makiko Wimbush, Events and SIMG Coordinator

Email: [email protected]
Phone: +64 4 472 4608



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