Specialist Assessment

This information is for Specialist International Medical Graduates (SIMGs) wishing to work as emergency physicians in Australia and New Zealand.

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The manner in which Overseas Trained Specialists (OTS), recognised as a specialist in emergency medicine in their country of training or origin, who wish to apply for specialist recognition in Australia is different from the manner in which it is initiated in New Zealand.  An initial assessment process will determine if the applicant is suitable to apply for specialist assessment.
 

Overview of ACEM Specialist Assessment processes for OTS


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Applicants in Australia must first apply to the Australian Medical Council (AMC) for primary source verification (PSV).  An application for assessment may then be submitted directly to the College on the prescribed form, together with all required information and documentation. How to apply for Specialist Assessment and Specialist Area of Need (AON) pathways.

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Applicants in New Zealand should submit his or her application for assessment directly to the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ).  The application will then be forwarded by the MCNZ to the College for assessment. 

Once applications have been received, the College will provide the OTS with details of the process to be followed: OCC Flowchart.

Research

Research is an important component in the specialist assessment process.  It is a requirement of Fellowship that all Fellows have an adequate understanding of evidence-based medicine, research methodology, literature reviews, and the process of publication/presentation.  The completion of approved (by the ACEM Council of Education, Trainee Research Committee) academic coursework will also satisfy this component.  This is established through the successful completion of the requirements outlined in Regulation 4.10. Please follow the attached link ACEM Assessments for detailed information regarding the satisfaction of the research component of the specialist assessment process.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

All applicants applying for specialist assessment or specialist AON assessment must be compliant with a CPD program either with ACEM or another approved program.  For more information visit the ACEM CPD program.

 

Structured Interview

Following an initial assessment, eligible Specialist International Medical Graduate (SIMG) applicants will be invited to an assessment by Structured Interview with the College, to be held in Australia or New Zealand. Please refer to section C1.2 Inital Assessment in Regulation C and Guidelines on the Assessment of SIMGs in Australia (SIMG507) or Guidelines on the Assessment of SIMGs in New Zealand (SIMG508).

The interviewing panel will explore with the SIMG what their training in emergency medicine has comprised, what examinations they have completed and details of their medical practice since completing specialist training. The aim is to determine whether a SIMG application is substantially comparable to specialists holding the Fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (FACEM) qualification and meets the specified requirements for paediatric and critical care experience as required by the College.

A Structured Interview panel will then consider each application individually and make a recommendation to the SIMG Assessment Committee and the Council of Education for endorsement.

Panel recommendations

The panel will recommend that the candidate be required to complete a period of supervision in an ACEM accredited emergency department before being offered Fellowship of the College. The candidate may also be required to complete other requirements as necessary.

Recommendations following Structured Interview are based on the training and experience of the individual SIMG. Please refer to section C1.4 Outcome of the Assessment and section C2.2 Pathways to Fellowship in Regulation C and Guidelines on the Assessment of SIMGs in Australia (SIMG507) or Guidelines on the Assessment of SIMGs in New Zealand (SIMG508).

SIMG candidates are then notified of the College’s decisions and have the right of appeal against any decision. The final decision is then forwarded to the relevant Medical Council.

Interview outcomes and requirements

The supervised practice aspect of the specialist assessment pathway is mandatory for all applicants.

A Specialist International Medical Graduate (SIMG) from a country of advanced standing is required to complete a minimum of three (3) months supervised practice in an ACEM accredited emergency department. Advanced standing applies to those Graduates holding a specialist qualification from the UK (FCEM), Canada (FRCPC), or USA (ABEM-by exam) by completion of the formal training program in the country in which the qualification is based and the examinations required by the relevant college or authorising body in that country.

For other requirements as determined by the College's Council of Education, which may include the satisfaction of the trainee research project or equivalent, please go to ACEM Assessments for further information.

A SIMG from a country without advanced standing is required to complete as a minimum 12 months supervised practice in an ACEM accredited major referral hospital or ED accredited for 24 months; completion of the fellowship examination (FEx), and the satisfaction of the trainee research project or equivalent, please go to ACEM Assessments. Other requirements are set as determined by Council of Education.

The general criteria will include membership of a specialist college, society or association which is a full member of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM) and completion of a structured training program in emergency medicine which is of at least three years duration. 

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

All applicants applying for specialist assessment or specialist AON assessment must be compliant with a CPD program either with ACEM or another approved program.  For more information visit the ACEM CPD program.


Registration and fees

As an applicant you must apply for, and be granted, registration to practise medicine in one of the States or Territories of Australia or in New Zealand before you can undergo supervision. The College charges fees for interviewing and for joining the College as a Fellow. There is also an annual subscription charged to Fellows. Fees also apply to those required to complete further training and/or examinations.
Updated November 2016

SIMG507
Guidelines on the Assessment of SIMGs in Australia 
SIMG508 Guidelines on the Assessment of SIMGs in New Zealand
SIMG509 Guidelines for Assessing SIMG Research Experience
SIMG510 SIMG Assessment Guidelines for Determining Comparability 
SIMG511 SIMG Assessment Guidelines for Determining Duration of Oversight or Training
SIMG512 Guidelines for the Supervision and Management of SIMGs in Australia
SIMG513 Guidelines for the Supervision and Management of SIMGs in New Zealand
SIMG514 Guidelines for Area of Need Assessment
SIMG515 Guidelines on the Recognition of Overseas Training and Specialist Qualifications Suitable for Short Term Training Positions

Regulations

View the following regulations:

Regulation B - ACEM Specialist Training Program
Regulation C - Assessment of Specialist International Medical Graduates
Regulation D - Non-Specialist Training Programs

2017 Structured Interview Dates

How to pay

You can fill out our Fee Payment Advice Slip

2016/2017 Fees  AUD
Specialist Assessment - Initial Assessment $1,250
Specialist Assessment - Structured Interview $4,200
Area of Need Position Assessment $1,250
Incomplete Application $270
Specialist in Training Assessment $530

















 

Australia

Applicants in Australia applying for specialist assessment and specialist Area of Need (AON) assessment must first apply to the Australian Medical Council (AMC) for primary source verification (PSV). An application for assessment may then be submitted directly to the College on the prescribed form, together with all required information and documentation.  

Application process: Specialist Assessment and Specialist Area of Need (AON) pathways

Before you submit your application, please ensure you provide all required documentation as a fee is charged for incomplete applications. Refer to section C1.1 Application Process in Regulation C and Guidelines on the Assessment of SIMGs in Australia (SIMG507) or Guidelines on the Assessment of SIMGs in New Zealand (SIMG508).
Submit your application to:
SIMG Unit
Australasian College for Emergency Medicine
34 Jeffcott Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
AUSTRALIA

 

New Zealand

Applicants in New Zealand applying for specialist assessment (Area of Need is not applicable in NZ) should submit their application for assessment directly to the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ). The application will be forwarded by the MCNZ to the College for assessment. Applicants will also need to provide the College with full transcripts of any published research papers, projects/major presentation/Masters or PhD thesis/academic university coursework. 

For more information, please contact the Specialist International Medical Graduate team