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Specialist International Medical Graduate

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 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 will come 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.

Click here for more information on the Short-Term Training Policy.

Last updated: August 1, 2019

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