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
Short-term training overview - in New Zealand
New Zealand Special Purpose Pathway
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
- 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.