Specialist Recognition

SPECIALIST PATHWAYS FOR TRAINING DERMATOLOGISTS

Specialist Recognition

The Specialist Recognition Assessment Pathway is for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) who are recognised dermatologists in their country of training and have passed all of their training and examination requirements.

 

IMGs are required to apply under the Specialist Recognition Assessment Pathway if they wish to obtain specialist medical registration and practise independently as a specialist dermatologist in Australia.

 

PLEASE DO NOT APPLY FOR SPECIALIST RECOGNITION ASSESSMENT IF YOU ARE NOT A DERMATOLOGIST IN YOUR COUNTRY OF TRAINING.

 

Prior to an IMG’s application to ACD, applicants must apply to the AMC for verification of their qualifications and issuing of an ECFMG International Credentials Services (EPIC) number. Refer to the AMC website for verification of qualification time frames.

 

Once the AMC has issued the IMG applicant with an AMC number and EPIC number, the applicant should complete the pre-application questionnaire available on the College website. College will assess this questionnaire within 5 working days to determine eligibility to apply for Specialist Recognition.

 

If the IMG is eligible for Specialist Recognition they will be invited to submit an application and may be required to attend an interview. College will provide the necessary information and fees will apply.

 

Incomplete applications will be returned after a period of 6 months and any fees paid will be non-refundable.

Applicants must first complete the IMG Questionnaire. You should not complete this questionnaire if you have not applied to the Australian Medical Council (AMC) for primary source verification of your qualifications.

After submitting your questionnaire a college staff member will contact you within 5 working days with further details on how to access the application.

As of 1 January 2019 the assessment fees for Specialist Recognition are:

  • Pre-Assessment Fee: AUD $300
  • Interim Assessment Fee: AUD$4,700
  • Interview Fee: AUD$2,500

A full list of fees including annual training program and examination fees can be downloaded:

The Specialist Recognition assessment interviews are conducted up to 4 times per year. Eligible/Selected applicants will be advised of the interview date and time.

Interview Panel and Structure

The interview is conducted by the IMG Assessment Committee, comprising Fellows of the college and a community representative.
IMG Assessors take into consideration the knowledge, skills and experience of the applicant, as well as the upskilling and level of supervision and supports that will be required.

Interview Confirmation

If you have been invited for an interview please click the link below:

Upon completion of the College’s assessment of the IMG the following outcomes are possible:

  1. Not comparable: The process is complete and the applicant is ineligible for specialist recognition.
  2. Partially comparable:
  • undergo further training of 6, 12 or 24 months supervised clinical training
  • be required to sit part or all of the Fellowship examinations if required to do 24 months upskilling
  • undertake further training within an approved College accredited training position
  • be required to apply for a training position, if any become available
  • may have to wait 1-3 years before being offered a training position
  • upon successful completion of the training the IMG is recommended for specialist recognition to the Medical Board of Australia
  1. Substantially comparable: recommendation for Specialist Recognition and Fellowship of the College

The table below provides information on the assessment outcomes of applications received in the last five years:

Year Number of
Applications
Not
comparable
Partially comparable:
24 Months exams
Partially comparable:
12 Months
Partially comparable:
6 months
Substantially
comparable
2014 9 3 2 2 1 1
2015 13 5 4 3 0 1
2016 8 5 0 1 0 2
2017 7 2 2 1 1 1
2018 10 4 5 1 0 0

We will endeavour to assess your application within 12 weeks, however, processing times may vary according to the volume of applications received.

You may expect to wait up to 6 months for an interview after your application has been assessed.

All International Medical Graduates (IMGs) who are assessed by the College IMG committee as Partially Comparable will be required to undertake a period of 6, 12 or 24 months (full-time equivalent) of upskilling clinical training under supervision and may be required to sit part or all of the Fellowship examinations.

The purpose of the upskilling clinical training period is:

  • to familiarise the IMG with dermatology practice in Australia
  • facilitate assessment of practice performance
  • address any deficiencies
  • to confirm that the IMG has the skills and attributes to an Australian dermatologist
  • to confirm the recommendations of the assessment

It is the responsibility of the IMG to obtain a training position for the designated upskilling clinical training period. The IMG Committee will, however, make the final determination whether the position is a college accredited position and that the training program is appropriate for the applicant according to the outcome from the College assessment. Occasionally the college or its representative may be able to advise on the availability of suitable positions. Once the position has been offered to the IMG and the College has approved the position, the clinical training period will formally commence and the IMG has four years to complete the requirements for Fellowship.

 

The table below provides information on the average waiting period in the last 4 years to obtain a required training position.

Partially Comparable – Required Training Period Average waiting period to secure an accredited  position
6 Months 1 year
12 Months 1-2 years
24 Months 1-3+  years

 

The table below highlights the number of fellows and trainees there are in Australia as of 31 December 2017 and where they are located:

State Fellows Trainees
New South Wales* 215 38
Queensland 105 23
South Australia** 48 14
Victoria*** 164 30
Western Australia 53 7
585 112

* Includes Australian Capital Territory
** Includes Northern Territory
*** Includes Tasmania