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Requirements for Partially Comparable SIMGs


Pathway Requirements

For a full description of requirements, you should refer to Section E of the RANZCOG Regulations.

SIMG applicants assessed at interview as Partially Comparable to an Australian and New Zealand-trained specialist are required to complete the following:


Generalist Obstetrics and Gynaecology Pathway


SIMG applicants assessed as Partially Comparable will need to successfully complete the following requirements to be eligible for to be Fellowship or Certification and be eligible for Specialist Registration with the Medical Board of Australia (Australia Only):

  • A minimum period of 12 months (FTE) and a maximum of 24 months (FTE) of prospectively approved, supervised practice.
  • In general, SIMGs on the Generalist O&G and Academic and Common Scope pathway:
    • The In-Hospital Clinical Assessment (IHCA) modules ‘Colposcopy and the Treatment of Cervical Disease’.
    • Assessment of Procedural & Surgical Skills (APSS) Ultrasound B
    • The Communication Skills Workshop approved as part of the requirements of the FRANZCOG Training Program. 
    • The FRANZCOG Written Examination, the maximum number of attempts is three (3).
    • The FRANZCOG Oral Examination, the maximum number of attempts is three (3).
    • Other assessment(s) the College may from time to time require.
  • In general, SIMGs on the Subspecialist and Common Scope pathway:  
    • Applicable Written Examination with a maximum of 3 attempts; and/or
    • Applicable Oral Examination with a maximum of 3 attempts;
    • Completion of the equivalent number of months of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities in the relevant College CPD program.


Assessment and Examinations


Prospective Approval of Supervised Training


Once you have secured a position, you must complete a form for Prospective Approval (see Forms at the end of this page) and forward it to the SIMG office.

For SIMGs on the Academic pathway, you must complete a Prospective Approval for both the clinical position and the academic position.

 

Review of Performance

Once working in an approved post, a three-monthly formative report and a six-monthly summative report is required until all requirements have been met. Your Supervisor must complete these reports in discussion with you. The report will be based on feedback with key consultants, as well as medical and support staff who have worked with you.

You and your Supervisor should sign and date the completed report, and submit it to the SIMG office. The SIMG office will arrange for the SIMG Assessment Committee Chair to sign the report and will return a copy of the signed report to you.

 

Record of Requirements

Partially Comparable SIMGs should maintain a record of their daily training using the SIMG Training Logbook . The information should be transferred into the Training Assessment Record (TAR) , along with all other assessments and forms as outlined in the TAR for submission to the SIMG office in preparation for an application to Fellowship.
 


Assessment of Procedural & Surgical Skills (APSS)

Partially Comparable SIMGs are assessed on their competence to perform O&G surgical procedures. Partially Comparable SIMGs should refer to the Assessment of Procedural & Surgical Skills (APSS) on the Specialist pages for more information.
 

Examinations

Partially Comparable SIMGs on the Generalist O&G or Academic and Common Scope pathways should refer to the FRANZCOG Examinations page for information regarding the FRANZCOG Written examination and the FRANZCOG Oral examination, including the application process.
 
Partially Comparable SIMGs on the Subspecialist and Common Scope pathways should refer to the Subspecialty Examinations page for information regarding the Subspecialty Written examination and the Subspecialty Oral examination, including the application process.

 

In-hospital Clinical Assessment

Partially Comparable SIMGs should refer to the In-Hospital Clinical Assessments page for more information.
 

Communication Skills Workshop

SIMGs will need to attend the Communication Skills Workshop, facilitated by Assessment Services, to satisfy requirements.
 


Applying for Fellowship


Process

On the successful completion of all SIMG requirements the SIMG may apply to the SIMG Assessment Committee for consideration of Fellowship or Certification of RANZCOG.

Generalist O&G and Academic and Common Scope pathways lead to eligibility for Fellowship of RANZCOG. The Subspecialist and Common Scope pathway lead to eligibility for Certification of RANZCOG.

If an application for Fellowship or Certification has been approved by the SIMG Assessment Committee the Committee will be recommended to the RANZCOG Board or Subspecialist Committee for endorsement.

When you have successfully completed all requirements of your SIMG process, the Certificate of Completed Training in the TAR must be submitted to the Supervisor then Regional Chair for approval. The Logbook and the TAR must then be sent to the SIMG office who will arrange approval by the SIMG Assessment Committee Chair. At this time, the SIMG office will provide you with an application to fellowship to complete.

Please note, applying for Fellowship or Certification can take up to 3 months after the College received a complete application for Fellowship or Certification.
 


Forms

Generalist O&G and Academic and Common Scope: Subspecialist and Common Scope: Please submit forms to the SIMG team by emailing [email protected].
 


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

I have been assessed as Partially Comparable:

Is there a time limit for completing the supervision requirements?

The requirements listed in Regulation E1.6.1 may be completed concurrently; however, all requirements must be completed within four (4) years of the date of notification of the assessment decision by the College.

For applicants assessed on or after 1 July 2016 the requirements listed in Regulation E1.6.1 may be completed concurrently; however, all requirements must be completed within four (4) years of the date of the commencement of the first prospectively approved training position. The first training position must be commenced within three (3) years of the date of notification of the assessment decision by the College and prior to this commencement, recency of practice must be maintained as per the Medical Board of Australia Recency of Practice Standard
 

Can I count time towards my period of oversight if I have not had my position approved?


No. Positions of oversight must be prospectively approved by the SIMG Assessment Committee, see RANZCOG Regulations (Section E1.6.7).

Time cannot be credited towards your period of oversight until your position has been approved.
 


What sort of positions should I apply for?

A suitable position would be one at senior registrar level in the O&G Department of an appropriate hospital. Any position(s) should cover a broad range of obstetric and gynaecological experience and enable you to obtain training in the specific areas that the interview panel identified as needing to be addressed.

 

Can you recommend a recruitment agency?

No – RANZCOG cannot endorse any particular recruitment agency.

You may find this list of agencies on the Australian Government's Doctor Connect website a helpful starting point.

 

Can RANZCOG help me to get a visa to work in Australia?

RANZCOG does not handle any matters relating to visas.  All enquires should be sent to the Department of Home Affairs.
 

I've obtained my training position: what next?

Once a training position in an accredited training hospital is obtained, you will need to apply for prospective approval from RANZCOG. The role of RANZCOG is to determine whether the position is a genuine training position and that the training program is appropriate for the applicant according to the outcome from the assessment.
 

How do I obtain medical registration to work in Australia?

The registration of medical practitioners in Australia is the responsibility of a single authority, the Medical Board of Australia.

Visit their website here: www.medicalboard.gov.au.
 

Who can act as my training supervisor and what is their role?

Your supervisor should be a Fellow of RANZCOG who is willing to undertake the role of supervisor. In this role they must provide you with a suitable level of supervision, as approved by RANZCOG. They must ensure that they are available to offer support and guidance when needed and provide reports of your performance to the College at the required intervals.

The name of the supervisor must be clearly stated on the prospective approval application. If your supervisor changes during your clinical practice assessment period you must inform RANZCOG and seek approval for this change.
 

What happens if I am late submitting my reports?

Failure to submit any 3-monthly report within 4 weeks and any 6-monthly report within 6 weeks of completion of that period of work will invalidate that period of oversight.
 
 

Where can I get help to prepare for exams?

RANZCOG offers exam preparation courses to assist you in studying for the written and oral examinations. These courses are organised through the regional offices of the College; please contact the Regional office in your state.
 

I have completed supervision but not all the other requirements - do I have to be in an approved training position?

Yes, you must continue to be in an approved training position and submit the relevant training reports until all requirements have been completed.
 

Can I take leave during my training?

Yes, however in any 12-month period of oversight you must complete 46 weeks of full time clinical practice. 








 


More information

Please contact the Specialist International Medical Graduates (SIMG) team for more information:

Email: [email protected]

 






 

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