Specialist Assessment in Australia

General Information

In Australia the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) is the registering body. The MBA accepts registration for International Medical Graduates after they have been assessed and recognised by an Australian specialist medical college and will register you in your field of specialisation. The purpose of the specialist assessment is to determine the comparability of your training, qualifications and experience with Australian trained specialists.

If you have gained your formal postgraduate radiology or radiation oncology specialist qualifications outside of Australia or New Zealand and you wish to work in Australia, you must first apply to the Australian Medical Council (AMC)

The AMC will undertake a primary source verification (PSV) of your medical qualification and all specialist qualifications attained (or the highest qualification attained) to ensure that you have obtained these qualifications. All relevant documentation and qualifications are checked through the Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC), of the Educational Commission for the Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

After your PSV submission has been made to the AMC, you are able to apply directly to the College for specialist recognition. The assessment process will determine if your training, qualifications and professional experience are comparable to an Australian-trained specialist.

Registration restrictions

In Australia there is legislation (Commonwealth Health Insurance Act) which restricts International Medical Graduates from accessing Medicare benefits (Australia’s public health funding). These restrictions remain in place even after you have obtained Fellowship. The Australian Government’s Medicare Australia website can provide you with more information about the restrictions.

What is the role of RANZCR?

For the purpose of obtaining specialist medical registration, the Medical Board of Australia requires the College to undertake the following role:

  • assess the experience, training, knowledge and clinical skills (in the speciality) of International Medical Graduates for recognition and/or suitability
  • undertake assessments to the standard of Australian specialists passing through the College’s training program
  • make determinations of comparability and/or suitability
  • recommend any requirements to a determination.

The role of the College does not extend to:

  • granting medical registration
  • securing suitable employment for the International Medical Graduates
  • any conditions or restrictions imposed on an applicant’s medical registration
  • arranging work or work-related visas
  • work or salary arrangements
  • arranging training placements.

The College will consider all information provided as part of the application. In addition, applicants will be required to participate in a face-to-face assessment interview with a panel of appropriately trained assessors, who will make a determination of comparability.

Determination

The determination outcome will be one of the following:

     a. substantially comparable
     b. partially comparable
     c. not comparable.

Substantially Comparable

Applicants who are determined by the College to be substantially comparable will require up to 12 months’ peer review in an RANZCR accredited training site

Partially Comparable

For applicants who are determined by the College to be partially comparable there are two possible outcomes:

  • eligible to sit the Part/Phase 2 examinations directly, or
  • undergo a period of training/upskilling in a RANZCR-accredited department prior to being eligible to sit the Part/Phase 2 examinations

Not Comparable

Applicants who have been determined by the College to be not comparable have not met the requirements of the College regarding previous training, recent specialist practice and continuing professional development, and/or would not reach comparability within 24 months of full time equivalent training. These applicants are referred to the Australian Medical Council (AMC) for general registration pathway options such as competent authority, standard pathway (work-based assessment) or standard pathway (AMC examination). They are then eligible to apply for specialist training positions along with other medical graduates.

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How to apply

  • Download and complete the application form to be assessed for recognition as a specialist
  • Obtain primary source verification (PSV) of medical qualifications (through the AMC)
  • Obtain supporting documents
  • Submit the completed form, supporting documents and assessment fee to the College by mail to the address listed on the form.

The College can only consider an application if it is:

     a. in accordance with the policy and the College’s requirements
     b. submitted in the required format
     c. supported by the required statements, and
     d. evidenced with the required support documents of proof.

Non-compliant or incomplete applications will be managed in accordance with the application guidelines as detailed on the application form.

Download application forms:

a. Specialist Recognition Assessment Application
b. RANZCR CV template
c. Payment form for Australia

Specialist Recognition Interviews

As part of the application/assessment process you will be asked to participate in an interview, which will assist with determining your level of comparability with an Australian or New Zealand trained clinical radiologist or radiation oncologist.

The interview is conducted by two Fellows of the College, both of whom are trained assessors. All applicants are interviewed face-to-face (no telephone or video interviews are conducted). All specialist recognition interviews are conducted at the RANZCR Sydney office on pre-determined days. See interview schedule. The interview is a structured and thorough process that provides an opportunity for the panel to:

  • explain the assessment process
  • clarify the applicant’s training and experience.

It is also an opportunity for the applicant to:

  • detail and explain previous training and working experience
  • ask any questions of the panel about the assessment process.

Fees

Applicants pay a fee to cover the costs of processing applications and conducting assessments. Download and complete the assessment fee form and submit this with your application.

View College Fees Page

Download payment form

Eligibility for Fellowship

The assessment outcome from the specialist recognition assessment will determine the pathway you will work towards for eligibility to be recognised as a RANZCR Fellow. Broadly, as an IMG, you may be eligible for College Fellowship if you have:

  1. Entered the College training program in Australia, New Zealand or Singapore and sat and passed all College examinations; or
  2. Been assessed by the College and deemed ‘partially’ comparable to an Australian or New Zealand trained clinical radiologist or radiation oncologist, sat and passed the College’s Part 2/Phase 2 examinations; or
  3. Been assessed by the College and deemed ‘substantially’ comparable to an Australian or New Zealand trained clinical radiologist or radiation oncologist and:  
  • undertook up to 12 months peer review at RANZCR accredited training facility, and
  • upon satisfactory completion of the peer review period and the required assessments, were recommended for unconditional specialist recognition; or

     4. Qualifications and experience as assessed by the College to be of ‘international reputation’ and are appointed to a very senior academic appointment (without a    
          requirement to pass the College Part 2/Phase 2 examinations).

The College reserves the right to contact your referees, any previous places of employment and other relevant bodies in order to obtain additional information, as required.

How to apply for Fellowship

Once you have met the Fellowship requirements identified above you will be provided with a Fellowship application form.

  1. Complete your section of the Fellowship Application Form and arrange for your application to be certified by two current Fellows of the College.

  2. Submit your completed Fellowship Application Form either electronically or via post.

Fees

RANZCR members pay an annual RANZCR Membership Subscription Fee. View College Fees page.

Applicants pay a fee to cover the costs of processing applications and conducting assessments. Download and complete the assessment fee form and submit this with your application