Specialty training in surgery overseas does not always
correspond to the Australian and New Zealand context. Even where
specialties are broadly aligned to those of RACS, such as the
United Kingdom, there is a wider, or narrower, scope of practice,
different procedural and core competencies and different methods of
assessment. Therefore every IMG applying for specialist assessment
requires an individualized assessment of comparability to the
Australian and New Zealand trained specialist in each
The following information enables IMGs to self-assess the
likelihood of their application achieving substantially or
partially comparable status prior to making an application.
The information below is only provided as a Guide.
5 YEAR ANALYSIS OF THE OUTCOMES OF IMG ASSESSMENTS
The RACS has reviewed the results of applications for specialist
assessment over the years 2011-2016.
Of the 486 applications received, 99 applicants were applicants
were found to be not comparable on paper based assessment.
Interviews were offered to 387 applicants, and proceeded for
At interview a further 67 were found to be not comparable, 213
were found to be partially comparable, and 101 were found to be
The table below shows the rate of applicants judged to be at
least partially comparable, by region of the world of surgical
qualification. It is important to note that there is no region of
the world where all applicants have been judged comparable. Also
there is no region of the world where no applicants have been
judged substantially comparable. The percentages can only be used
as a guide. Each application is assessed on its individual
Before submitting an application
for a Specialist and/or Area of Need assessment you
- Read the Guidelines for
- Read the Specialist Assessment of IMGs in Australia policy.
- Read the relevant specialty specific, Comparable Specialist
Surgical Training and Exit Exam policy applicable to
- Read the
Checklist for Specialist and/or Area of Need
- Apply directly to the Educational Commission for Foreign
Medical Graduate's (ECFMG) Electronic Portfolio of International
Credentials (EPIC) for verification of both primary and specialist
- Complete an Australian Medical Council (AMC) online application
to establish an AMC portfolio.
- Apply to RACS for a Specialist and/or AoN
Operating systems and internet browsers
The online IMG application form for specialist and/or Area of
Need assessment can be used on both PC and Apple tablets and
It is best used with the following browsers:
- Internet Explorer 9 & 10
- Firefox 28.0 +
- Chrome 33.0 +
- Safari 5.1.7 +
There are known issues with IE 11 and it is not supported in the
If you are having trouble logging on to the application form,
please contact the HelpDesk on +61 3 9276 7417 or email email@example.com.
For further information regarding the online application forms,
call +61 3 9249 1112 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to access the online Application
In New Zealand
In New Zealand, International Medical Graduates (IMGs) must
submit applications to practice medicine to the Medical Council of
New Zealand (MCNZ). Application forms are available on the MCNZ website.