The specialist pathway is for international medical graduates (IMGs) who are overseas-trained specialists seeking specialist registration in Australia (specialist recognition) or who are applying for an area of need specialist level position in Australia.
The Board has published a guide and FAQs to help applicants seeking to apply for the Specialist pathway:
The Medical Board of Australia has developed guidance for the specialist medical colleges on the current Specialist pathway assessment process. The 'Good practice guidelines for the specialist international medical graduate assessment process' aim to support specialist medical colleges in their role of assessing specialist international medical graduates. The guidelines came into effect on 2 November 2015.
Commencing 1 July 2014, specialist medical colleges report their specialist pathway activity directly to the Medical Board of Australia.
Reporting is annual by calendar year. The Board has published the data commencing from the first full calendar year of reporting (1 January – 31 December 2015).
Recommendation 25 of The Independent review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for health professionals was:
The Medical Board of Australia to evaluate and report on the performance of specialist colleges in applying standard assessments of International Medical Graduate applications and apply benchmarks for timeframes for completion of assessments.
In response to this recommendation, the Medical Board of Australia commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to undertake an external review of the performance of the specialist medical colleges in their assessment of specialist IMGs.
The Board provided colleges with an opportunity to correct any errors of fact in the report. The following colleges have provided corrections:
The Board has accepted the report and has issued a media statement and a response to Deloitte’s recommendations.
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