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Applying for SIMG Pathways

Please review the Eligibility Criteria to ensure you meet the requirements before making an application to be assessed as a Specialist 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.


Eligibility Criteria

 

To be eligible to apply for assessment with RANZCOG applicants must meet the criteria for each of the SIMG pathways. For more information on the criteria for the SIMG pathways please refer to RANZCOG Regulation E.

In general, to be eligible to apply for the RANZCOG Generalist O&G pathway the applicant must have:

  • A primary degree in medicine and surgery as per RANZCOG Regulation E;
  • Have completed a specialist training program that:
    • Is a structured post-graduate course of at least five years duration with published standards that are comparable to that of the RANZCOG Training Program.
    • Has been a documented and systematic in-training assessment system incorporating regular, ongoing formative and summative performance-based assessments, examinations and other assessments comparable to those undertaken by RANZCOG trainees.
    • Entry into the program was via a competitive process.
    • The program was accredited against published standards by an external body and was subjected to assessment for reaccreditation at regular intervals.
    • Registration as a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, post-training.
  • Participated in a continuing professional development program since obtaining a specialist qualification;
  • Meet the Medical Board of Australia’s English Language requirements.
  • Demonstrate recency of practice in the relevant scope of practice;
  • A certificate of Good Standing covering at least the last two years of practice;
  • A certificate of specialist registration in your country of specialist training; and have
  • Submitted your primary, specialist and any relevant additional qualification for primary source verification via the AMC portal. Please contact the AMC for more information on this process.
Please refer to the FRANZCOG Curriculum for guidance on the full Obstetrics and Gynaecology scope of practice.
 
In general, to be eligible to apply for the RANZCOG Academic and Common Scope pathway the applicant must have:
  • Met the above criteria for the generalist pathway;
  • Currently hold an academic appointment of at least 0.5 EFT at professorial level at an Australian or New Zealand university or are on an academic pathway that would be reasonably expected to lead to an appointment at this level in an Australian or New Zealand University;
  • Have completed a PhD level research degree at a THES top 400 University; and
  • Have had at least forty (40) peer-reviewed publications (PubMed) following completion of the PhD, within the preceding five (5) years.
 
In general, to be eligible to apply for the RANZCOG Subspecialist and Common Scope pathway the applicant must have:
  • Met the above criteria for the generalist pathway;
  • The O&G training program must have covered the RANZCOG Common Scope criteria;
  • Completed a subspecialist qualification from a recognised College or national certifying body and subsequent experience in one of the five recognised RANZCOG Subspecialties; Gynaecological Oncology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Obstetrical & Gynaecological Ultrasound, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, Urogynaecology.
  • Recency of practice in the relevant scope of practice, within 12 months prior to applying for the SIMG pathway.
  • Have completed a specialist training program that:
    • Is a structured post-graduate course of at least three years duration with published standards that are comparable to that of the RANZCOG subspecialist training program.
    • Has been a documented and systematic in-training assessment system incorporating regular, on-going formative and summative performance-based assessments, examinations and other assessments comparable to those undertaken by RANZCOG trainees.
    • Entry into the program was via a competitive process.
    • The program was accredited against published standards by an external body and was subjected to assessment for reaccreditation at regular intervals.

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".

Applicants are required to submit evidence to support their applications.


Application Forms


This application is to be used by applicants to apply for the following assessment pathways:

  • Generalist O&G
  • Subspecialist and Common Scope
  • Academic and Common Scope
  • Area of Need position approval

Applicants should read the instructions on the cover of the application form to ensure that their application is completed correctly. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide documentary evidence that they meet specified criteria. 

All applications must include a Logbook summary using this template:


At any point during your SIMG assessment the College can request further information and withhold any decisions until that requested information has been received. This includes primary source verification of all relevant qualifications via the AMC portal.  
 

The Assessment Process

The RANZCOG SIMG assessment process is as follows:

Initial Paper-based Assessment

The assessment process begins with an initial paper-based assessment of the SIMG's application. This assessment is conducted by Fellows of the College who are on the SIMG Assessor Panel. The assessment will determine if an applicant is eligible to attend an SIMG assessment interview and is based on the information provided in the application.

Interview (Interim Assessment)

The SIMG Assessment Interview is conducted by members of the SIMG Assessment Panel, including a Community Representative. The aim of the interview is to explore the specialist training, experience and continuing professional development as documented in an application, as well as to gain insight into the applicant's understanding of the Australian healthcare system and culture.


Interview Outcomes

The outcome of interview will be one of the following:


Substantially Comparable to an Australian and New Zealand-trained specialist 

SIMG applicants assessed at interview as Substantially Comparable to an Australian and New Zealand trained specialist may be required to undertake a period of supervised specialist practice of up to 12 months. The duration of this period of supervised practice is stipulated by the SIMG Assessment Committee. An equivalent number of months of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities as an Educational Affiliate of the College must be completed concurrently. During the final months of the supervised practice period SC SIMGs will be required to complete a multi-source feedback assessment. 

Visit Requirements for Substantially Comparable SIMGs for further information and forms relating to this SIMG pathway, as well as a detailed list of Frequently Asked Questions.

For a full description of requirements for Applicants Assessed as Substantially Comparable, please refer to the RANZCOG Regulations.
 


Partially Comparable to an Australian and New Zealand-trained specialist

SIMG applicants assessed at interview as Partially Comparable to an Australian and New Zealand trained specialist are required to complete (dependent on the Generalist, Academic and/or Subspecialist pathway) prospectively approved, supervised practice, various In-Hospital Clinical Assessment (IHCA) modules, workshops, and Written and Oral exams. The Requirements link below outlines specific requirements.

Visit Requirements for Partially Comparable SIMGs for further information and forms relating to this SIMG pathway, as well as a detailed list of Frequently Asked Questions.

For a full description of requirements for Applicants Assessed as Partially Comparable, please refer to the RANZCOG Regulations.

 

Not Comparable to an Australian and New Zealand-trained specialist

Applicants who are assessed as neither substantially comparable nor partially comparable will need to consider the option of obtaining the AMC certificate and then applying to enter the FRANZCOG Training Program at Year 1.


Fees

You can view the current list of fees under SIMG Fees on the Fees page.
 


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Assessment of International Qualifications


How do I apply for recognition?
 

STEP 1

Apply to the Australian Medical Council (AMC) for Primary Source Verification (PSV) of your qualifications www.amc.org.au/index.php/ass/psv 

STEP 2

Apply directly to the College for assessment using the Application to be Assessed for Recognition as a Specialist form Application to be Assessed for Recognition as a Specialist


What if I didn't have a logbook during my training?

You can provide a summary of the type and numbers of procedures completed during training and/or recent practice.
 

Who should I use as referees?

Your three (3) referees should be people with whom you have worked in the past 2 years in a professional capacity. One referee must be a current supervisor or colleague where you are currently working. Referees must be currently working as an Obstetrician and gynaecologists.  
Please note, members of the SIMG Assessment Committee or RANZCOG Board are not eligible to provide references, in accordance with RANZCOG's Conflict of Interest policy.
 

What's the difference between Specialist assessment and AoN application?

The AoN assessment process is to determine the applicant's suitability for the specified position, in a designated Area of Need. AoN are determined by States and Territories and can be any location in which there is a lack of specialists or where there are specialist positions that remain unfilled after local recruitment efforts.

The 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 overseas trained specialists once a post has been declared an AoN position. 

AoN does not lead to Fellowship or Certification of RANZCOG.

A SIMG Assessment is a comparability assessment of the applicants training, qualifications and experience to that of an Australian and New Zealand-trained obstetrician and gynaecologist specialist. The SIMG pathway can lead to eligibility of Fellowship or Certification of RANZCOG.   


The interview


Can the interview be via phone or video-conference?

All interviews are conducted face to face at College House in Melbourne.
 

How should I prepare for the interview?

As the purpose of the interview is to assist the College in assessing the comparability of your qualifications, training and experience to those of an Australian trained obstetrician & gynaecologist, you may wish to familiarise yourself with the College's specialist training program and curriculum.This may help you understand the scope of knowledge, skills and practice expected of obstetric and gynaecological specialists in Australia and New Zealand. When you are invited to the interview you will also be given access to the on-line learning modules which are available to local trainees
 

How long will the interview take?

Interviews will normally take between 60 and 90 minutes. 
 

What is the format of the interview?
The interview is conducted by a panel of Assessors appointed by the SIMG Assessment Committee, usually three Fellows and a Community Representative. The panel will discuss the information detailed in your application with the intention of gaining a thorough understanding of your training and experience in obstetrics and gynaecology. You will also be asked to consider and respond to several vignettes (scenarios) in obstetrics and gynaecology. These questions enable the panel to assess your interaction with patients and your awareness of cultural and medico-legal issues encountered in Australia.


Interview outcomes

Who notifies the appropriate government bodies of the assessment outcome?

RANZCOG notified AHPRA of SIMG outcomes using the AMC Portal.
 

What if I am dissatisfied with a College decision?


Area of Need (AoN)


How do I find an Area of Need (AoN) position?

You must apply directly to the hospitals in the area where you wish to work or contact a recruitment agency.
 


Post-Fellowship


Can I access Medicare item numbers and rebates?

Please contact Medicare via the Department of Human Services website, or see more information online at: www.humanservices.gov.au/organisations/health-professionals
 

How do I acquire a Provider Number?

Find more information about provider numbers on the Department of Human Services website for Health professionals: www.humanservices.gov.au/medicare-provider-number-health-professionals
 

More information

For more information regarding applications to the RANZCOG SIMG pathways to Fellowship, please contact the Specialist Internationl Medical Graduates team.

Email: [email protected]
 

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