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Overseas Trained Specialists

International Medical Graduates can either be Overseas Trained Specialists or Overseas Trained Doctors

  • Overseas Trained Specialist Pathologists
     Overseas Trained Specialist Pathologists (those international medical graduates who have obtained specialist pathology qualifications in their country of origin) who wish to work in Australia apply directly to the College for a determination of their comparability to an Australian trained pathologist. Applicants must note that Australian citizens and permanent residents are given priority in the allocation of training positions.
  • Before completing the Application Form please refer to the following information.

Medical Board of Australia
Specialist Pathway

Report on Specialist medical colleges' specialist pathway data.

This report contains data on applications and distribution of assessment outcomes for all medical colleges.

Australian Medical Council

RCPA Examination Exemption Tables

RCPA Training Time Credit Tables

RCPA Curriculum Trainee Handbook for your discipline

These notes include an estimate of fees payable for a candidate to gain fellowship.
CV Template (200 kB)

The Determination Application Form is for Australian and New Zealand medical graduates who have obtained speciailist qualifications overseas.

  • International Medical Graduates / Overseas Trained Doctors
    Overseas Trained Doctors (those who are not yet Specialist Pathologists in their country of origin) who wish to work in Australia and undertake pathology training will also need to contact the Australian Medical Council (AMC)

Policy Document
Assessment of Overseas Trained Doctors & Overseas Trained Specialists in Australia & New Zealand document (PDF)

Step Guides
In order to assist Overseas Trained Doctors/International Medical Graduates and prospective employers, the College has developed a series of step guides that explain in detail the process required by the RCPA, and the Australian Medical Board (AHPRA*) when applying for Assessment and Registration.
*AHPRA is the administrative arm of the Medical Board of Australia which is responsible for medical registration.

Interview Dates

  • 9 February 2018
  • 11 May 2018
  • 6 July 2018
  • 14 September 2018
  • 2 November 2018