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Short-term training overview - in Australia

The Short-term Training in a Medical Specialty Pathway enables an International Medical Graduate (IMG) who is an overseas qualified specialist or an overseas specialist-in-training to undertake short-term training in Australia without being required to complete the AMC examinations or to have a full comparability assessment undertaken by RACS. In this context, 'short-term' is usually considered to be up to 24 months.

To ascertain whether the IMG is a suitable applicant to undertake a short-term position/program, and to ensure hospitals offering such positions/programs provide IMGs with:

  • an appropriate scope of work
  • adequate clinical and academic supervision and
  • a designated supervisor.

It is essential that the employer/sponsor and/or institution has assessed and verified that the applicant:

  • is an overseas-trained specialist or is an overseas specialist-in-training, having either passed the relevant specialist examinations or is no more than two years from completing specialist training in their country of training;
  • will be undertaking this position (which may include such opportunities as exchange fellowships) for the purpose of specific training or upskilling in their specialty or obtaining experience in their specialty not available in their country of training;
  • has the stated intention of returning to their country of training at the end of the short-term program, which shall not be for a period of longer than two years.

It is not expected that the training will lead to the awarding of an Australian Specialist Fellowship.

Note: Hospital training positions/programs should not compromise the Surgical Education Training (SET) programs for Australian and New Zealand surgical trainees.

More information about Short-term Training is available in:

Secure a short-term training position and apply directly to RACS using the Application for Short-term Training in a Medical Specialty Pathway form (PDF 81KB).

Short-term training overview - in New Zealand

New Zealand Special Purpose Pathway Overview

The Special Purpose Pathway is for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) who intend working in New Zealand for a fixed period of time for a specific purpose. The Medical Council of New Zealand's (MCNZ) special purpose scopes for practice are for:

  • teaching as a visiting expert
  • undertaking a period of post-graduate training carrying out research
  • working as a locum tenens
  • working in an emergency situation
  • working in a disaster

For more information about special purpose scopes visit the MCNZ's website.