Recognition for International Medical Graduates

If you are an International Medical Graduate (IMG) in clinical radiology or radiation oncology who wishes to practice in Australia or New Zealand, RANZCR will be involved in assessing your training and experience.

How we are involved depends on the type of assessment and the country in which you are applying. There are two main pathways to practising in Australia and New Zealand:

  • Specialist assessment: You apply to RANZCR (in Australia) or the Medical Council of New Zealand (in New Zealand). RANZCR assesses your training and experience.
  • Area of Need assessment (Australia only): You apply directly for a position in a rural or remote Australian location where there is a shortage of clinical radiologists or radiation oncologists. RANZCR assesses your training and experience.

RANZCR also assesses applications for short-term training positions for specialists or specialists-in-training who need to supplement their skills or experience in areas not available in their country.

Specialist Assessment

The purpose of specialist assessment is to determine the comparability of the training, qualifications and experience of International Medical Graduates (IMGs) to Australian and New Zealand trained specialists. There are different processes for Australia and New Zealand.

Applying for specialist assessment in Australia

In Australia, you apply first to the Australian Medical Council (AMC) for primary source verification (PSV) of your medical and specialist qualifications. All relevant documentation and qualifications are checked through the Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC), through the Educational Commission for the Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

Once you have submitted the application to the ECFMG via the AMC, you are able to apply to RANZCR for specialist recognition assessment.

RANZCR assesses the comparability of your training, qualifications and subsequent experience, including:

  • your formal training and assessment (including assessment of your exit exams)
  • your clinical experience
  • your current practice, including participation in continuing professional development and contribution to the profession.The aim of the assessment is to find out whether your training and experience are comparable to those of an Australian specialist.

More about applying in Australia.

Applying for specialist assessment in New Zealand

In New Zealand, you apply for registration to the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ). The MCNZ takes advice from RANZCR when assessing your training and experience.

More about applying in New Zealand.

Area of Need assessment in Australia

Many locations in rural and remote Australia need clinical radiologists and radiation oncologists. If a state or territory government health department finds there is a gap in radiology or radiation oncology services that cannot be filled locally, they can declare the location an Area of Need (AoN). Area of Need positions are advertised on state and territory government health department websites and through medical employment agencies, and not through the College. If an employer selects you for an Area of Need position, RANZCR will assess your suitability. You must have at least five years of accredited training or, if less than 5 years accredited training, at least five years of clinical experience as a consultant radiologist at an accredited training site.

More about Area of Need Assessment.

Overseas trained doctors with non-specialist qualifications

In order to be recognised as a specialist in clinical radiology or radiation oncology by the College, you need to have completed five years of training in a clinical radiology/radiation oncology training position accredited by the College and pass the College's Part 1/Phase 1 and Part 2/Phase 2 clinical radiology/radiation oncology examinations.

To be accepted by RANZCR into the clinical radiology or radiation oncology training programs, there are a number of criteria that you must attain.

For more information see the Join our Professions pages for clinical radiology or radiation oncology.

Useful Resources

Q - What is specialist recognition?

The purpose of the specialist recognition is to determine the comparability of training, qualifications and experience of international medical graduates (IMGs), with Australian trained specialists. The applicant applies to the College who assesses the applicant's training and experience.

The process does not solely consider formal training and assessment but takes into consideration subsequent clinical experience and the nature of the IMG's current practice including participation in continuing professional development activities and contribution to the profession.

There are three possible outcomes for an applicant assessed for specialist recognition:

  1. Not comparable - applicants are referred back to the AMC; or
  2. Partially comparable - applicants are required to sit the FRANZCR Part/Phase 2 exams; or
  3. Substantially comparable - applicants are required to undergo a period of supervised practice under peer review.

Q - How much is the assessment fee for specialist recognition?

A$5,950. (subject to change)

Q - Do I need to apply to both the AMC and the College for the application for specialist recognition pathway?

Yes. For the specialist recognition pathway, the applicant must first apply to the AMC for primary source verification (PSV) of their medical qualification and all specialist qualifications attained.
Concurrently, the IMG will apply directly to the College for specialist recognition to determine if the applicant's training, qualifications and professional experience are comparable to an Australian-trained specialist.

Q - Do I require an interview for the specialist recognition pathway?

Yes, you will be required to have an in-person interview by the assessment panel at the College office. During the interview, the assessment panel will determine if you are substantially comparable, partially comparable or not comparable to a locally trained specialist.

Q - Is the interview like an exam? What preparation is required before the interview?

The interview is not an exam; it is more like talking through your training and experience.
As the purpose of the interview is to assist the College in assessing the comparability of your qualifications, training and experience to those of an Australian trained specialist, you may wish to familiarise yourself with the College’s radiology or radiation oncology training program and the requirements for the Part 1/Phase 1 and Part 2/Phase 2 examinations. This may help you understand the scope of knowledge, skills and practice expected of general radiologists/radiation oncologists in Australia. Information is available on the College’s website at: https://www.ranzcr.com/join-our-professions

Q - If my outcome, after the interview, is that I am partially comparable and that I require further training, what must I do?

You will need to contact departments directly to discuss obtaining a position.

The College accredits the positions, but does not determine their numbers or locations. Similarly, the College does not have a role in employment matters – this is solely up to training departments.
The onus of finding the necessary training position lies solely with the applicant. The College nor training sites are responsible for the placement of applicants in accredited training sites. Positions in accredited training sites are limited and the application process for obtaining such positions is competitive
A list of accredited departments for radiology and radiation oncology training can be found on the College website:
Accredited Radiology Training Sites
Accredited Radiation Oncology Training Sites
All enquiries in regard to training positions should be made in writing to the Director of Training at the institutions listed above.

Q - How difficult is it to obtain a training position?

Accredited radiology training positions are highly competitive. In many circumstances, you will be competing alongside Australian and New Zealand trained graduates. There are many more applicants than positions available and it should be noted that it may take time to secure a position. In some circumstances, the position may be unpaid.
The onus of finding training positions lies solely upon the applicant. The College is not involved with or responsible for appointments to short term or advanced training positions.

Q - If I obtain a training or Fellowship position in an accredited training hospital, what procedure should I follow?

Once a training position is obtained, as part of the mechanism to grant special purpose registration from the Medical Board of Australia through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), the employing hospital will need to obtain a letter of support from the College to approve the training position. The role of the College is to determine whether the position is a genuine training position and whether the training program is appropriate for the applicant according to the outcome from the College assessment.
The hospital must submit the following documents:
• a position description and/or detailed training program;
• a written statement that the appointment will not disadvantage any trainees currently registered in the College's training program;
• the applicant’s current curriculum vitae, including evidence of post graduate training and/or work experience in radiology or radiation oncology since the College assessment;
• copy of IELTS certificate with a minimum score of 7.0 (if relevant);
• the Medical Board of Australia application form will need to be completed and accompany the RANZCR application form;
• completed relevant RANZCR application form which is available from the website at: https://www.ranzcr.com/join-our-professions/img/recognition-for-img

Useful Websites

The following websites provide information about registration, practising medicine, and general health issues in Australia and New Zealand:

  • Medicare Australia
    For information regarding the 10 year moratorium and criteria for exemption to Section 19AB of the Health Insurance Act 1973.

  • Doctor Connect
    Information for doctors trained outside of Australia and for Australian medical employers.

  • Department of Immigration and Border Protection
    For information regarding visa applications and living in Australia.

  • Australian Medical Council
    For information regarding the assessment pathways and primary source verification of medical and specialist qualifications.

  • Medical Board of Australia
    Information regarding registration types, registration standards, forms and fees. Links to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), who is the organisation responsible for the implementation of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme across Australia and the renewal of practitioner registration.

  • Medical Board of Australia, International Medical Graduates
    Specific information regarding the pathways to registration for IMGs.

  • Department of Health
    The Department of Health has a diverse set of responsibilities, but throughout there is a common purpose, which is reflected in their Vision statement: "Better health and wellbeing for all Australians".

  • Medical Council of New Zealand
    The Medical Council registers doctors in New Zealand and carries responsibilities in the areas of standards, conduct and competence.

  • Ministry of Health, New Zealand
    The Government's principal advisor on health and disability: improving, promoting and protecting the health of all New Zealanders.

  • Immigration New Zealand
    Immigration New Zealand is responsible for bringing the best people to New Zealand to enhance New Zealand’s social and economic outcomes.