Short-Term Training in a Medical Specialty

The short-term training in a medical specialty pathway is for international medical graduates (IMGs) who are overseas-trained specialists or specialists-in-training wishing to undertake a short period (usually up to 24 months) of specialist or advanced training in Australia in in obstetrics and gynaecology.

To be eligible for the STT pathway applicants will need to have a specialist O&G qualification or are within 2 years of completing their specialist training program. 

This pathway does not lead to registration as a specialist in Australia and does not lead to Fellowship or Certification of RANZCOG.

RANZCOG will usually only approve a STT application for 12 months, however, of training time can be extended in exceptional circumstances up to two years only. To do this, the employing hospital must submit a new application along with the processing fee. The College will not issue letters of support for training beyond a total of 24 months of training.


What is the role of RANZCOG?

While the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) assesses the STT application and may provide a letter of support to Medical Board of Australia (MBA), it is important to note that the ultimate decision is the responsibility of the MBA. Potential applicants are advised to consider information on the MBA website prior to making an application.

RANZCOG provides formal letters of support for successful STT applicants. This letter of support is necessary for IMG doctors to obtain approval from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and for Medical Board registration. STT positions will not be approved without this letter.

Note: The College will not support a STT appointment that in any way compromises the opportunity of a FRANZCOG trainee to:
a) be appointed to the position, or
b) to engage in specific training opportunities within the workplace.

Who can apply for a STT position?

International Medical Graduates (IMGs) are eligible to apply for STT positions. Full details of the STT pathway can be found on the Medical Board of Australia website. Hospitals must first advertise the position within Australia. If no Australian candidates can be found, the hospital can recruit from abroad for the STT position. Once a suitable candidate has been employed, the hospital will then assist them to apply for the STT pathway.

What documents are required in a STT application to RANZCOG?

The hospital must submit the following documents:

  • the hospital STT Application Form A (Employer)
  • a position description
  • a detailed training program including:
    • name of approved supervisor/s
    • training timetable
    • statement indicating that the applicant will attend and participate in any appropriate professional development opportunities available within the training period
    • brief description of the objective/s of the proposed training and how the applicant’s progress/performance will be evaluated at the end   of his/her training period
  • a written statement that the appointment will not disadvantage any trainees in the College's training program
  • evidence of recruitment advertisements for the position such as newspaper, online advertisements
Note: Incomplete applications will not be processed until all documentation has been received. This may delay the application process.

The applicant must submit the following documents:

  • the candidate STT Application Form B (Employee)
  • Completed Primary Source Verification for primary medical degree and specialist degree if applicable
  • a current curriculum vitae using the RANZCOG template
  • a certified copy of their primary medical degree and specialist degree if applicable
  • a current certificate of good standing (dated less than six months ago)
  • certificates of membership of appropriate medical bodies
  • a brief summary of why the applicant wishes to undertake the position
  • a statement of intention to return to country of origin on completion of training period 

Application form AAMC-30

You can download this form from the Medical Board of Australia website.


RANZCOG reviews the application to ensure that all required documentation has been submitted. The Chair of the RANZCOG training Accreditation Committee in the relevant state approves the application, then the Chair of the College Training and Accreditation Committee gives final authorisation. This process may take up to six weeks.

For the current administration fee for a new or extension application, click SIMG Fees on the Fees page.

More information

All enquiries regarding Short-Term Training in a Medical Specialty should be directed to the Specialist International Medical Graduates (SIMG) team:

Email: [email protected]



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