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Specialist International Medical Graduate

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, RANZCO staff has been advised to work from home until further notice. If you are in the process of submitting your Specialist Recognition application, please make sure to scan all documents first and send them to us via dropbox to img@ranzco.edu as well as the original application via postal service.

RANZCO is tasked with the assessment of Specialist International Medical Graduates (SIMGs) in ophthalmology on behalf of both the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) and Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ). Upon completion of its assessment process, RANZCO makes a recommendation to the relevant authority as to whether or not an SIMG should be recognised as a specialist in either Australia or New Zealand.

Notice of Change: Short-Term Training in a Medical Specialty Pathway

Please note that all short-term training applications need to be submitted online as of now. Please email img@ranzco.edu to request log in details for submitting the completed Short-Term Training Online Application including all required documents and the MBA Application for Assessment by a Specialist Medical College (AAMC-30).

Notice of Changes: SIMG Assessment Tools and Processes

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) undertook a comprehensive review of its SIMG assessment tools and processes. The result of this review is the new Specialist International Medical Graduate (SIMG) Comparability and Area of Need (AoN) Suitability Assessment Policy and Procedures (Australia). The new policy came into effect as of 15 November 2019.

In summary the main changes to the assessment process are:

  • All applicants determined as Partially Comparable must undertake a Period of Supervised Practice. During this period of up to 24 months, the applicant will undertake upskilling with associated assessment under a supervisor(s) approved by RANZCO. In addition, applicants may be required to sit the RACE Clinical examination. The RACE Clinical examination must be attempted at the first available sitting after completion of the Period of Supervised Practice.
  • All applicants determined as Substantially Comparable with Further Requirements must undertake a Period of Oversight of up to 12 months.
  • The length of time permitted to lapse between the interim assessment decision and the start of practice for the period of supervised practice or oversight shall not be greater than 24 months.
  • An interim Assessment is not subject to any form of reassessment pursuant to the Reconsideration, Review and Appeals Policy (RRAP).
  • Unless there has been a material change in the Applicant’s training and experience since the date of original Not Comparable Assessment a re-application is only available after three (3) years.

Last updated: March 19, 2020

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