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  1. Hi.
    I am currently doing my internship in India. I know that to work or do residency in Australia I need to clear AMC part 1 & 2 but I want to know what happens after that? Do I still have to do unpaid internship or I can start working in Australia? Also how to go about doing masters in surgery in aus ?

    1. Hello Attama,

      This is a very common question that I get asked. I actually deal with this in this post and other blog posts as well as my videos. I would kindly ask that you review these.

  2. Hi. For Newzealand citizens if graduated from Monash university Malaysian campus are eligible to apply for house officer internship in australia? Secondly, the internship weeks will be considered if attached with a GP in private centre.

    1. Hi you would be eligible to apply for internship but would be at the very bottom of the eligibility list. I’m not sure what your second question is about. Can you provide more details?

    2. Salaam Dr Khan
      Did you secure an internship ? where ? I am a medical graduate from Ireland and Australian citizen. How should I apply for internship/resident medical roles ? what are my options and chances?

  3. Hi Anthony,

    May I please ask what is the possibility of gaining internship in another state from where you graduated in?

    I was told that by next year it should be commonplace to move interstate?

    Thank you.

  4. Sir,
    Iam doing my MBBS( MD ) from Kyrgystan and am I able to do internship inAusralia? What are the requirements to get admission? Can you please guide me.

  5. Hi Dr Anthony, My daughter did her intern year last year (2019). The hospital gave her a borderline pass for ED and asked her to repeat it. She repeated the ED at the start of this year. Unfortunately she contracted a bacterial or viral infection from the emergency department half way through the 10 weeks term. She completed the 10 weeks sometimes not feeling 100%. Resulting in the hospital failing her again. Now that she is a lot better she has applied to the hospital to redo the ED term. They have told her they have a full complement of interns and no long have a position for her. We have emailed all the hospitals in QLD and no one has a vacant ED position for her. Without an ED position she will lose her provisional registration and all those years of study will be down the drain and her MD degree will be useless. Where does she go to from here?

    1. Hi Vicki, that sounds like a very distressing situation.

      I am sure that there is a lot more detail here. My first suggestion is that your daughter should be talking to her union if she is a member.

      This is a great example of why all doctors should join a union. There’s a case to be made that the employer has a fiduciary responsibility to support your daughter to at least enable her to attempt to obtain general registration and possibly also a case around unfair dismissal. In some other States of Australia, the interns are given 2 or 3-year contracts which help to avoid these terrible situations.

      Best wishes

  6. Hi thanks for your guide -> very helpful!
    I’m a medical student from Perth, in regards to trying to get an internship at a hospital interstate ie melbourne, is it near impossible, how hard is it?
    Because, for example, I went on the Royal Melbourne hospital and saw that the priority for internship by interstate is the 3rd and last priority in there admissions (1st being PR/citizen of the state, 2nd being international residents of the state, then interstate).

    Also, does GPA matter 🙂

    Thank you!!

    1. Hi Jack each State does its priority list slightly differently. Victoria puts international students of Vic medical school above all students from other States/Territories, whereas most other States/Territories put Aus Citizen or PR medical students from other jurisdictions second. It’s not impossible to get an interstate internship. It’s in fact very possible if you are not too choosy about where you go. Each jurisdiction has its own processes for selection but generally, GPA has very little impact on your application.

  7. I will not have completed my 47 weeks by the end of my 3rd year-is it possible to extend the 3 years.I have been sick.
    Also I have been told that an intern rotation early in the 3 years will not count as it was too long ago.

    1. Hello Sally, sorry to hear you haven’t been well. There used to be a rule that you had to complete your internship in 3 years but I can no longer find a reference to this on the Medical Board site. There is a reference to completing within 3 years if part-time. Generally, the Board will be lenient and work with you to help you try and complete internship. You would obviously have to apply for a further extension. If you are a member of a Medical Defence organisation its worth discussing your case with them.

  8. Hello,

    Would appreciate your recommendation.
    My sister is completing her medical school from south africa and is willing to do her internship here in Australia. I am currently working as SRMO under NSW Health and want my sister to join me.

    Can you kindly suggest me how my sister can apply for Medical internship?

    Your advise will be highly appreciated.

    1. Hello Farahan I have blogged and vlogged on this topic several times. Internship in Australia is not a viable option for IMGs. Your sister will need to think about completing her internship in South Africa and undertaking the Standard Pathway process.

  9. Hi,
    I am an Australian citizen and I intend to do a medicine degree in Sri Lanka? Am I able to do internship in Australia (after completing 5 years in MBBS degree programme)?

  10. Hi, I’m an Australian citizen and third year medicine student in Europe. Upon graduation and clearing AMC examination how tough would it be for me to gain internship (PGY1)? (Also are there any set limit of internships for IMGs?)

    If getting internship is next to impossible in my scenario as being an IMG, what other route can I take to be able to apply for AGPT program in rural area to become a GP?

    Thanks heaps

    1. Hi Khan as discussed on this blog you are unlikely to get an internship position. Your best course of action is the AMC and then applying for Resident posts. I would say with being a recent graduate and with citizenship your chances are reasonably high.

  11. was just wondering how likely going to melb or syd is if i apply as a SA graduate, and will it become harder or easier in the future? thanks!

    1. To answer the first part = unlikely as the majority of NSW and Vic doctors want to work in Melbourne or Sydney. You might sneak into an unpopular network or hospital on the fringes of these capitals though. Generally its pretty easy to migrate between States as an RMO.

  12. Hi Dr. Anthony,

    Thank you for this wonderful website you build. I am wondering of some questions lately. My situation is, now my wife are doing medical residency in Russia (Ordinatura) which is only 2 years then will continue to 3 years research doctoral. She will continue her fellowship in some country in Europe including Canada and secure her Canada medical license.

    Will this all experience suit for her to be registered as specialist in Australia without the AMC exam?

    We are both not an Australian citizen nor permanent resident.

    Thank you again for all the information.

    Regards from Russia.

    1. Hello Errol if your wife can secure the LMCC and work in Canada then she can avoid the need for AMC.

  13. Dear Dr. Anthony,

    I am an international student in my final year of med school studying in Victoria. Due to some family issues, I can’t start my internship next year and will need to defer it until the following year (a 2023 start), however I am not sure if this is possible for category 2 students (international students graduating from Vic), as I can only find defer request forms for category 1 students.

    Are there any options available for international students to continue their training after a year off after graduation, and if so what can be done?

    Thank you for all the information you’ve provided and your assistance with this matter. Happy Easter!

    Best regards,
    Charlotte Lee

    1. I would speak to the PMCV directly Charlotte. My understanding is that if you are made an offer you may defer regardless of category. But this may have changed.

      1. Thank you for your reply, I’m also waiting for a reply from PMCV but hopefully they will get back to me soon. I hope your Easter has been well.

  14. Thanks Dr, this was a very helpful guide!
    I’m a local aussie medical student at the moment, halfway through medical school hoping to pursue surgical training in the future.
    Is where I do internship + prevocational training years important in the grand scheme of things (eg. different cities / regional vs metro etc.?

    Also as someone knowledgable on the matter, do you think the Australian training system will change to something similar to the US Match process (like canada did) in the near future?


    1. Hi Chris thanks for reading.
      For your first question. No. For most specialties, it does not matter where you do your internship as usually, you have a chance to do that specialty at whatever hospital you are based at.
      For the second question. No. I can’t see this happening any time soon. We recently had a massive review of internships in this country. And in the scheme of things not much really changed.

  15. Hello !
    I will be graduating in May 2022 from National University of Ireland Galway. I am an Indian Citizen. How can I apply for internship and what are chances for the same in Australia.

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