Pathways for Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent
The pathway through all specialty medical training in Australia
and New Zealand comprises four stages:
Stage 1 - Medical degree
Firstly, complete a medical degree at an Australian or New
Stage 2 - Pre-vocational training
After university, people who intend applying to a medical
specialty generally undertake one or more years of clinical work
and training. This is often called 'pre-vocational' training.
Stage 3 - Postgraduate vocational training
Specialty medical training - or postgraduate vocational training
- is attained under the auspices of a specialist medical college,
like the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).
Stage 4 - Fellowship and continuing professional
Successful completion of a specialty medical training program
results in fellowship of the specialty and is an endorsement that
the fellow may practise independently in that specialty. All
medical practitioners must maintain the currency of their skills
and knowledge through continuing professional development.
Pathways for international medical graduates
View information about the pathway for International Medical
For more information read
also read these RACS policies