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Specialist Pathway Overview - Australia

The Specialist Pathway is for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) in one of the following categories:

  1. Specialist recognition: overseas trained specialists applying for assessment or comparability to the standard of a specialist trained in that specialty in Australia.
  2. Area of Need: overseas trained specialists applying for an area of need specialist level position in Australia.

If you have a primary qualification in medicine and surgery from a training institution listed in the current International Medical Education Directory (IMED) of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) and have satisfied all the training and examination requirements to practice in the field of specialty in your country of training, can apply for assessment the specialist recognition and/or area of need pathway.

As an IMG you can apply for Specialist Pathway or Area of Need or both in any one of the nine surgical specialties listed below.

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
  • Paediatric Surgery
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Urology
  • Vascular Surgery

 Further information on the RACS Surgical Education and Training (SET) programs can be found at this link.

 

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New Zealand Vocational Pathway Overview

The Vocational Pathway is for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) seeking permanent registration to work independently in New Zealand. There are 35 vocational scopes recognised by the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ). A list of vocational scopes is available on MCNZ's website.

Once an application for Vocational Registration fulfils the MCNZ's initial critera, advice is sought from the relevant Vocational Educational and Advisory Body (VEAB). The MCNZ makes its decision after considering the advice of the VEAB. The RACS is the VEAB for its nine specialties:

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
  • Paediatric Surgery
  • Plastic and  Reconstructive Surgery
  • Urology
  • Vascular Surgery