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Specialist IMGs who wish to practice in the specialty of Medical Administration in Australia or NZ must apply directly to the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) for an assessment of their comparability to an Australian/NZ trained specialist.RACMA'¬ôs IMG assessment process evaluates the training, qualifications and experience of the IMG for comparability with an Australian/NZ trained Medical Administrator. The specialist pathway for Medical Administration allows for an assessment of specialist recognition to be able to register and practise as specialists medical administrators.

The Australian Medical Council (AMC) is collaborating with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) to enhance the process through which AMC obtains primary source verification of the medical credentials of international medical graduates (IMGs) applying for registration to practice medicine in Australia.

From 1 October 2015 AMC will be using ECFMG Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC) service for the verification of medical credentials for registration purposes with the Medical Board of Australia and for specialist assessment by an Australian Medical College.EPIC will provide AMC with the same rigorous primary source verification that ECFMG provides through the currently used EICS while offering IMGs additional benefits not available through EICS. A new feature release to enhance the IMG will be available to applicants to add additional qualifications to their AMC portfolio for a small fee.

Before an IMG can apply for assessment by the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, an application must be submitted to EPIC online for verification of their medical qualifications as overseas trained graduates and specialists must satisfy AMC's verification process.

Eligibility to apply for Assessment by the RACMA

To be eligible to apply to the RACMA for specialist assessment, the applicant must have the following:

• a primary medical degree (MBBS) issued by a medical school approved by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) verified through EPIC;

• completed formal postgraduate training in a field of specialist medical practice recognised in Australia;

• the AMC verification of their existing overseas training and qualifications through the ECFMG International Credential Services and EPIC (refer to the AMC website for information); and

• completed the RACMA specific application form, accompanied by the relevant application and assessment Fees, and submit to the RACMA with documented evidence of their qualifications, training and experience together with the referee reports.

RACMA IMG Assessment Policy can be found here

To apply for assessment by the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators under the specialist pathway, download the Application for Assessment of Comparability in Medical Administration form download doc file

IMG Assessment

The assessment of comparability is conducted by the College IMG Assessment Panel, appointed to review the applicant’s training and experience, and determine the applicant’s comparability as per the definitions set by the Regulatory Authority and the College standards of practice.

IMG Assessment Panel Interview

Should an interview be granted, the IMG Assessment Panel will discuss and explore with the applicant the level of experience and scope in medical management, identify areas of concern and seek further clarification to determine the level of comparability based on the evidence presented and performance of the applicant at the interview. The Applicant may be asked for or the Panel may request to seek additional evidence to substantiate key claims.

The interview is structured for approximately 3 – 4 hours during which the IMG Assessment Panel will discuss with the applicant his/her experience and the applicant will be asked to prepare two case studies scenarios (given to the applicant during the interview) for 20 minutes and then present the issues set out in the case study and its resolution for 10 minutes followed by another 10 minutes of questions and answers and discussion.  The applicant may also be asked to prepare written submission(s) (such as a coroner’s submission outline, or a ministerial brief as part of the assessment).This will normally be required unless there is evidence that those competencies have already been met.

For International Medical Graduate enquiries at RACMA, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or contact the RACMA National Office on +61 3 9824 4699 

For information on EPIC and primary source verification please refer to the AMC website at http://www.amc.org.au/assessment/psv

For further information see this AMC announcement.

A "Guide to the specialist pathway" and a set of FAQs for the specialist pathway is now available on the Medical Board website at:



Note: If applicants would like for application documents to be returned, a request should be made in writing to the College with the details for the return address and there may be a 2 -3 week delay before the documents are returned to the applicant.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 May 2017 14:43