The RACS undertakes an assessment to determine if the IMG's
education, training, quality, quantity and scope of clinical
experience, level of formal assessment including specialist
qualifications in surgery, recent relevant practice (i.e. practice
within the last 2 years) and relevant professional skills and
attributes is comparable to the standards of an Australian or New
Zealand trained surgeon in the same field of specialty
IMGs who satisfy to requirements of the document-based
assessment will be invited to a face to face semi-structured panel
interview. The purpose of the interview is to gather more
information to complete the assessment of comparability and to
finalise the assessment.
Following the interview, an IMG applicant may be recommended to
undertake a period of clinical assessment under supervision.
The RACS specialist assessment process normally takes up to 3
months (from date of activation) to completion.
The RACS will formally advise the IMG and the Medical Board of
Australia (MBA) of the assessment outcome.