International medical graduate specialist assessment

FPMANZCA’s international medical graduate specialist (IMGS) assessment process evaluates the ability of a specialist to practise as an unsupervised specialist anaesthetist at a standard comparable to that required of a Fellow of FPMANZCA (FFPMANZCA). FPMANZCA’s International Medical Graduate Specialist Committee co-ordinates the assessment guided by ANZCA’s regulation 16.


The IMGS assessment process usually includes:

  • A review of documentation to determine whether the applicant is potentially comparable to a Fellow of ANZCA. Applicants assessed as not comparable will be ineligible to proceed. Further information on required documentation can be on the IMGS application form.
  • A face-to-face structured interview for applicants assessed as potentially comparable to a Fellow of ANZCA. The applicant will be interviewed by a panel which normally has three ANZCA Fellows plus at least one community and/or jurisdictional representative. The interview panel will use various criteria to determine whether an international medical graduate specialist is substantially, partially or not comparable to a Fellow of ANZCA.
  • The interview panel will also determine what requirements each international medical graduate specialist must undertake. These requirements will include a period of 12 to 24 months of up-skilling or supervised practice and, a workplace-based assessment (WBA) or an examination.
  • All applicants must participate in a continuing professional development (CPD) program consistent with the ANZCA Continuing Professional Development Standards and may be required to address other specific deficiencies determined at the structured interview.

All applicants are advised to read regulation 16 and the frequently asked questions.

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