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Specialist SIMGs 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 SIMG assessment process evaluates the training, qualifications and experience of the SIMG 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 (SIMGs) 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 SIMGs additional benefits not available through EICS. A new feature release to enhance the SIMG will be available to applicants to add additional qualifications to their AMC portfolio for a small fee.

Before an SIMG 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 SIMG 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

SIMG Assessment

The assessment of comparability is conducted by the College SIMG 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.

SIMG Assessment Panel Interview

Should an interview be granted, the SIMG 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 SIMG 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:

http://www.medicalboard.gov.au/Registration/International-Medical-Graduates/Specialist-Pathway.aspx

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.

SIMG Fees


SPECIALIST INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES AND OVERSEAS TRAINED SPECIALIST APPLICATION AND ASSESSMENT FEES

Category

Net Fee $AUD

GST $AUD

Total $AUD

Specialist International Medical Graduate (SIMG) Application 

1,260.00 

126.00 

1,386.00 

Specialist International Medical Graduate (SIMG) Panel Assessment Interview Fee

3,880.00

388.00

4268.00

Reconsideration and Review

718.00

71.80

789.80

Appeals

4,241.00

424.10

4,665.10

 

If the assessment outcome is ‘partially comparable’ there is a requirement to commence a period of supervised practice as a Candidate of RACMA, the following fees apply:




Training enrolment fee

896.00 

 

896.00 

Candidate Membership Fee Pro Rata

488.50

 48.85

537.35

 

The following Annual Training Fees are subject to change each financial year and apply for each academic year:
FY 2018/19 CANDIDATE TRAINING PROGRAM FEES – These are subject to change every financial year

Annual Training Fees include: (Required each year of Candidacy, subject to change every financial year)

Medical Management Practice Domain (MMPD) 

1,537.00 

 

1,537.00 

Personal & Professional Leadership Development (PPLD) 

422.00

 

422.00

Research Training Domain (RTD) 

839.00

 

839.00

Medical Leadership & Clinical Governance Workshop (2 days)

1,839.00 

 

1,839.00 

Workforce Engagement & Performance Workshop (2 days)

1,839.00 

 

1,839.00 

Advanced Medical Management (Pre-Fellowship) Workshop

(2 1/2 days)

1,942.00 

 

1,942.00 

Re-sit Oral Presentation

432.00

 

432.00

National Trial Examinations (1 day only)

1,050.00

 

1,050.00

RACMA Oral Examinations (1 day only)

3,280.00 

 

3,280.00 

2018/19 Fellowship Conferment & Ceremony

1,486.00 

148.60 

1,634.60 

Pro Rata Fellowship Fee

TBA

TBA

TBA




Please note that these may change when the Financial Year: 2018/2019 fees are approved by the Board.

RACMA Workforce Report


RACMA monitors its membership on a regular basis, in order to better understand the medical management workforce and to design and deliver suitable training programs that meet the accreditation requirements of the Australian and New Zealand Medical Councils.


2015 RACMA Workforce Report

For the 2015 RACMA Workforce Report, the College database was used to profile the RACMA membership. This included demographic information, such as age, gender and location (jurisdiction) of the members.

Data analysed in this report was extracted from the College database on 26 October 2015.

A member workforce survey was designed to build on previous surveys undertaken in 2012 and 2013, and address similar issues such as membership demography, employment status, work setting and location, medical management structure, and more.

The workforce survey was opened on 24 September 2015 and closed on 19 October 2015 with responses from 286 (34.3%) of 834 active College members.

RACMA Workforce Reportview pdf file| download pdf file


Health Workforce Publications 

Australian Government Department of Health
Medical Administration
2016 Factsheet
http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/05EB31F8E8114371CA257E6E001A2EA1/$File/Medical%20administration.pdf

Medical Board of Australia
Statistics 
Registration Data - 27 April 2018
http://www.medicalboard.gov.au/News/Statistics.aspx

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 June 2018 08:36