13 Nov 2019
The Medical Board of Australia is now consulting on revised guidelines for the specialist international medical graduate assessment process.
The consultation paper, including the revised guidelines, is published on the current consultations page.
The accredited specialist medical colleges assess specialist international medical graduates (SIMGs) who are seeking specialist registration.
The proposed revised Good practice guidelines for the specialist international medical graduate assessment process (reframed as Standards) build on the existing Guidelines implemented in November 2015. They define the Medical Board of Australia’s expectations of the specialist medical college assessment process for SIMGs.
The proposed Standards were developed in response to the findings and recommendations of the Deloitte Access Economics Final report – External review of the specialist medical colleges’ performance – specialist international medical graduate assessment process and in response to requests for further guidance from specialist medical colleges.
The proposed Standards do not significantly change existing assessment processes for SIMGs. They aim to give greater clarity to existing processes and improve transparency and procedural fairness in the process.
Proposed key changes are:
Currently, SIMGs assessed as substantially comparable are required to complete up to 12 months of supervised practice and SIMGs assessed as partially comparable are required to complete up to 24 months of supervised practice with upskilling and associated assessments.
Most SIMGs will require more than the minimum period of supervised practice to fulfil college requirements for recognition as a specialist.
In addition to providing the college with additional information, the period of supervised practice will:
The consultation is open until 14 February 2020. More information about the proposed Standards and the consultation process is on the current consultations page.