Assessment Information


Find a surgeon

The Find a Surgeon directory is a listing of active Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons who meet the requirements of the College's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program and have opted to be on the list. This list excludes retired or inactive Fellows.



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 Zealand;
  • 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 position if:

  • 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 decision.

Further information about the Specialist Pathway Area of Need is available from the: