Area of Need assessment overview
When applications for Area of Need assessment are received, RACS
considers the following:
- has the applicant completed an education and training program
comparable to that of a surgeon trained in Australia or New
- has an exit examination been completed;
- has the applicant the depth and scope of practice since
completion of training to assume the position;
- what is the applicant's recency of practice; and
- does the hospital position have adequate resources and support
for an overseas trained surgeon and whether it is suitable for
conducting clinical assessment?
As an IMG you will be deemed to have comparability for an AoN
- there is evidence of recent surgical practice in the relevant
scope of practice required for the AoN post;
- the specialist assessment recommends a pathway to fellowship by
assessment or examination; and
- the AoN position has adequate resources and support for the IMG
deemed suitable for conducting clinical assessment.
The RACS Area of Need assessment process normally takes up to 2
months (from date of activation) to complete.
RACS will formally advise the IMG applicant and the Medical
Board of Australia (MBA) of the IMG's suitability for the position
and requirements for specialist recognition and Fellowship of RACS.
The decision to grant specialist registration is a MBA
Further information about the Specialist Pathway Area of Need is
available from the: