Countries of applicants’ specialist qualification:
ACEM has so far received SIMG Specialist Assessments from applicants trained in the following countries (in alphabetic order):
- Hong Kong
- Korea (Republic of)
- South Africa
- Syrian Arab Republic
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
It is to highlight that ACEM Specialist Assessment is an assessment of the individual SIMG, their qualifications, training and subsequent experience, and it is therefore more than just an assessment of the comparability of a SIMG’s specialist training program against the FACEM Training Program.
The assessment outcomes for the above applications were either substantially, partially or not comparable. Please refer to ACEM Regulation C for the minimum criteria that enable the applicants be eligible for interview and comparability assessment.
Fellows of ACEM (FACEM) Demographics
- There are more than 2600 FACEMs working in Australia. Of these, about 1/3 work in *non-metropolitan areas and more than 1/3 are female.
- There are approximately 350 FACEMs working in Aotearoa New Zealand. Of these, more than 55% work in *non-metropolitan areas and approximately 45% are female.
- More than 75% of all FACEMs work in the eastern states of Australia: NSW, Victoria or Queensland.
- The average age of FACEMs: 46 (Australia) and 47 (Aotearoa New Zealand).
- Approximately 45% of active FACEMs gained their primary medical degree overseas and as such are classified as International Medical Graduates. Of these some completed the FACEM training program and others with specialist qualifications in emergency medicine came to Fellowship through the SIMG pathway.
- Over the past 10 years, around 12.5% of new FACEMs came to Fellowship through the SIMG pathway.
*For workplaces in Australia, remoteness is based on the Australian Standard Geographical Standard – Remoteness Area (ASGS-RA) (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2016), and non-metropolitan refers to areas located in RA2-RA5. New Zealand sites are classified as metropolitan if they are located in Auckland, Christchurch or Wellington, and all other sites are classified as non-metropolitan.
The college suggests that you investigate the size and location of the Emergency Medicine Specialist workforce in Australia to better understand your opportunities for employment before applying for an assessment. You may find the Department of Health's Australia's Future Health Workforce – Emergency Medicine report, and the MCNZ's New Zealand medical workforce useful.
For further information on statistics relating to the SIMG process (including the number of substantially, partially and not comparable applicants over the last 12 months) please download the AHPRA "Report on Specialist Medical Colleges Specialist Pathway Data".