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International Specialists

Specialists who have obtained Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G) qualifications outside of Australia and New Zealand, and who wish to practice in Australia may apply to RANZCOG for assessment.

SIMG Assessment in Australia


The Specialist International Medical Graduates (SIMG) pathway is for overseas-trained specialists and subspecialists who have obtained an Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G) qualification and who wish to practice in Australia. Applicants can apply for assessment via one of the RANZCOG SIMG pathways.
The RANZCOG SIMG pathways are a comparability assessment of an applicant’s specialist training, qualifications, experience and continuing professional development to that of an Australian and New Zealand trained O&G.  

The assessment process determines whether an applicant is eligible to enter the SIMG pathway to Fellowship or Certification of RANZCOG and enables registration via the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA) for eligible applicants.

You should review the information below on SIMG pathways, applying to an SIMG pathway, SIMG requirements, oversight and supervision, and resources prior to making an application. 

*UK applicants should submit a Certificate of Completion of Training or equivalent as evidence of a specialist qualification. The MRCOG and MRCP are not considered to be stand-alone specialist qualifications.  

On the successful completion of the RANZCOG SIMG pathway, applicants are eligible to apply for Fellowship or Certification of RANZCOG.
Pathways to Fellowship:

  • Generalist Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Academic and Common Scope
Pathways to Certification:
  • Subspecialist and Common Scope


Assessment for Australian and New Zealand medical graduates with overseas Specialist qualifications
Medical practitioners who have been awarded their primary medical qualification in Australia or New Zealand and have obtained a specialist qualification overseas may apply to be assessed for recognition as a specialist by RANZCOG. The principles and processes of SIMG assessment also apply to the assessment of Australian and New Zealand medical graduates with overseas specialist qualifications.

Medical Board of Australia Reports
The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) publishes an annual report on specialist medical colleges specialist pathway data. The report provides information on applicants’ comparability to Australian trained specialists including the number of Specialist International Medical Graduates assessed by RANZCOG each year by country and level of comparability.

In addition, the Australian Government publishes national health workforce data and statistics including the distribution of clinicians by state, the number of new fellows and vocational trainees and a workforce dynamic indicator that highlights areas of concern in the future. To find your specialty workforce data fact sheet, visit the Australian Government Health Workforce Data website.


SIMG Assessment in New Zealand


Specialists who have obtained specialist Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G) qualifications outside of Australia and New Zealand, and who wish to practice in New Zealand must apply directly to the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) regarding specialist vocational registration.

SIMGs wishing to practice in New Zealand as a specialist should read Applying in New Zealand on the New Zealand Committee page for full information on the process and key dates to apply for assessment for recognition to practice in New Zealand.
 


SIMG pathways
 

The information below summarises the expected training, expertise and experience for the pathway.

The RANZCOG Regulations (Section E) should be referred to for information regarding eligibility criteria for the pathway. 


The Generalist Obstetrics and Gynaecology SIMG pathway

An applicant to the Generalist O&G SIMG pathway should have a broad base of skills suitable for practice in an urban or provincial setting.  A Generalist O&G would be able to undertake at consultant level: Antenatal clinics, Gynaecology Outpatient clinics, Emergency O&G, Caesarean section lists and Gynaecological theatre lists.

Applicants may obtain further information by referring to the document “Attributes of a RANZCOG Fellow" found by searching in Statements & Guidelines.


The Academic and Common Scope of Practice SIMG pathway

An applicant to the Academic and Common Scope of Practice SIMG pathway will have experience in research, teaching and academic leadership as well as those skills necessary to independently manage at consultant level: Obstetrics, Emergency Gynaecology and Common Office Gynaecology.


The Subspecialist and Common Scope of Practice SIMG pathway

An applicant to the Subspecialist and Common Scope of Practice pathway will be assessed across the relevant Subspecialty Scope of Practice as well as the Common Scope of Practice. It is expected that an internationally trained Subspecialist would have the ability to independently manage at consultant level: Antenatal clinics, Gynaecology Outpatient clinics, Emergency O&G with ‘back up’ for the more complex surgical cases and Caesarean section lists, as well as the Scope of Practice in the relevant Subspecialty.
RANZCOG subspecialties include:

  • Certification in Gynaecological Oncology (CGO)
  • Certification in Maternal and Fetal Medicine (CMFM)
  • Certification in Obstetrical and Gynaecological Ultrasound (COGU)
  • Certification in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (CREI)
  • Certification in Urogynaecology (CU)

For information on Scope of Practice please refer to the relevant subspecialty handbook.
Applicants may obtain further information by referring to the document “Attributes of a RANZCOG Fellow".


Assessment for Area of Need position

The Area of Need (AoN) process aims to meet gaps in service delivery, primarily in rural areas where there is an acute shortage of practitioners, including Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. The process enables hospitals to obtain the services of International Medical Graduates (IMGs) quickly if the applicant meets the agreed requirements.

Applicants to an Area of Need position are assessed for their suitability for a specific AoN position. An applicant who is not already on one of the SIMG pathways will need to apply for assessment as an O&G specialist at the same time as making an application to for the AoN position.


Applying and Eligibility Criteria

Please visit Applying for full information on the process, eligibility criteria, deadlines and forms to apply for assessment for recognition to practice in Australia.

SIMGs wishing to practice in New Zealand as a specialist should read Applying in New Zealand on the New Zealand Committee page for full information on the process and key dates to apply for assessment for recognition to practice in New Zealand.
 

Information for SIMG Supervisors
 

Practice Supervisors for SIMGs assessed as Substantially Comparable

All SIMGs assessed as Substantially Comparable to an Australian-trained Obstetrician and Gynecologist must have a designated Practice Supervisor. A Practice Supervisor for an Specialist IMG assessed as Substantially Comparable must be a Fellow of RANZCOG. He or she needs to be in a position to directly observe the SIMG's work on a regular basis and be able to seek the views of health care colleagues when compiling supervisor reports.

All supervisors must be approved by the RANZCOG SIMG Assessment Committee Chair, prior to commencement of supervised employment.

For periods of supervised work greater than three months, formal reports, in the format specified by the College, must be conducted by the Practice Supervisor. The SIMG assessed as substantially Comparable is responsible for submitting the three-monthly reports to the SIMG Assessment Committee within 4 weeks of completion of the period of work. Failure to do so will invalidate the relevant three month period of supervision.

The following information is an overview of the responsibilities of a Practice Supervisor: Substantially Comparable Supervisor Flyer (PDF).
 

Training Supervisors for SIMGs assessed as Partially Comparable

All SIMGs assessed as Partially Comparable to an Australian-trained Obstetrician and Gynaecologist must have a Training Supervisor. A Training Supervisor for a SIMG assessed as Partially Comparable must be a Fellow of RANZCOG. He/she needs to be in a position to directly observe the SIMG's work on a regular basis and be employed at the site where the trainee is training. The Fellow may be a full-time or part-time staff specialist or, where appropriate, a Visiting Medical Officer (VMO). He/she is responsible for the overall supervision of the trainee.

All supervisors must be approved by the RANZCOG SIMG Assessment Committee Chair, prior to the commencement of SIMG training.
Training Supervisors are responsible for conducting the three-monthly appraisal and six-monthly summative assessments of their trainees using the appropriate RANZCOG SIMG forms.

This overview provides further information on the responsibilities of a SIMG Training Supervisor: Essential Information for Supervisors of Partially Comparable trainees (PDF)
 

Resources: Funding, mentoring & workshops

Training Support Unit

The Training Support Unit has been set up for trainees experiencing professional or personal difficulty during their training. Trainees are encouraged to contact the TSU in times of stress, anxiety or poor health.


Policies & Procedures

Please use the Policies & Procedures search tool for locating up-to-date policies covering a wide range of topics including (but not limited to) the Conflict of Interest Policy, the Exceptional Circumstances, Special Consideration and Reconsideration Policy and Procedure, and the Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace Policy.
 

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To enquire about the SIMG pathway, contact the Specialist International Medical Graduates team:

Email: [email protected]

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