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  1. Hi
    Suppose I have my primary and specialist medical qualification from India and fully registered with GMC in uk through their membership exam in g and o

    Then I apply for competent or simg??

    Another thing is
    As u already mentioned it’s an expensive process to get registered
    So I get the assessment done and after that how’s the chance of getting a job if deemed comparable?

    1. Hi, Kuku you would be eligible for both competent authority and specialist pathway. Most likely you would apply for specialist assessment and if given a favourable outcome would use your GMC UK status to register for provisional registration, whilst undertaking peer review as a specialist.

      Yes, it can be very expensive. If you are lucky an employer is offering to foot the bill or part of it. I think most do get a job if deemed comparable. But it depends on which specialty. You generally either work as an Advanced Trainee if partially comparable OR junior consultant if substantially comparable.

      1. Hyye!! I have completed my mbbs and ms in neurosurgery and also done 1 year internship from India. Can i get into Australia hospital as a doctor through specialist pathway?

        1. I think you would struggle to get through RACS with just a base MS and 1 year as a consultant. Then you would have to find a job which is not easy in neurosurgery.

    2. Hey thanks for the reply

      i am a gynaecologist with six years of experience
      Three of which were post attainment of specialist degree from India ..

      With full GMC registration via royal college exam but no uk experience either at primary or specialist level..will that make me eligible for provisional registration without having an offer of employment?

      As most employers want u to have work permit or ahpra

      And without job is available..

      Even after simg assessment u don’t have ahpra how does that make employment easier?

      1. Hello after the specialist assessment process you are given a result of either not comparable, partially comparable or substantially comparable.

        With the partial comparable a number of doctors are then able to find Advanced Trainee type roles, which the hospitals are not able to fill with local graduates.

        With the substantial comparable doctors are often able to find a junior consultant type post.

        Once you get a job you can apply for registration.

        Having the assessment makes you more attractive to the employer but its not a guarantee.

        1. Before joining training in short term speciality, it is required to sign that you will not be applying for specialist recognition.
          So if someone completes the short term training, they cannot apply for assesement to the colleges for speacialist assesesment ?

          1. Yes. The SST scheme is a scheme intended to help IMGs gain experience in Australia to contribute to their training and work in their original country. Hence it cannot officially count towards specialist assessment.

        2. I am anesthetist trained in India, i have FRCa from Uk. How to become GP in Australia? Is it possible only after AMC part 1 to work as GP in Australia?

          1. No. You need to train in general practice. Just like any other specialty.

  2. is this only for indian doctors or doctors this summary applies for all the doctors who come from different countries like russia, ukraine, china, bangladesh, pakistan etc
    i specially want to know about the mbbs doctors from russia??
    and how can i get the job or train in australia directly if i just completed my mbbs from india or russia??

    1. Hello Saquib the summary is broadly applicable to doctors from other countries which are not considered “competent authorities” i.e. not UK, Rep Irelan, Canada or USA.

  3. is this only for indian doctors or for the doctors coming from different nation like russia,ukraine,china,bangladesh,pakistan etc
    what about doctors coming from russia?

  4. Some career placement company has asked me for direct employment as consultant intensivist by Sydney hospital although I have only md degree and experience of 15yrars in india only.
    Are they genuine?

  5. I wanted to know that can I practice in Australia after completing my MD medicine from India or do I have to give AMC exams? And for mrcp do I have to do it from UK or I can do that in Australia too? Kindly reply. Thank you.

    1. Hello Sajni you need to either apply for specialist assessment or attempt the AMC pathway. You can’t do the MRCP in Australia. The equivalent here is the FRACP.

      1. Thank you so much for your reply. So if I do FRACP how many years course it is? And after completing FRACP what job position do I get in hospitals? Is it of a consultant?

        1. I’m currently working in Australia as a neonatal registrar under 482 visa.
          This is my 9th postgraduate year and I hold MD in paed. I have GMC registration but no work experience in the UK.
          1.What are the options available for me to get the general registration followed by PR in Australia, other than AMC exams?
          2.if I do work based assessment, will I get the general registration or only to practice paediatric and Neonatology. Can I apply PR after wards.?
          3.under 482 visa is there any possibility to get PR?
          4. How long can I work under 482 visa without AMC exams?
          5. If I can get job offers can I work continuosly without AMC exams or registration under 482 visa.

          Highly value your guidance
          Thank you

          1. Hello Haranga,

            In answer to your questions, it would depend on reviewing your situation more thoroughly. My best guesses at this point are:

            1. Either AMC Standard Pathway or Specialist Pathway and not Competent Authority Pathway.
            2. For Work Place Based Assessment are you talking about the AMC process or College process? If you complete the AMC process then you are eligible for general registration.
            3.,4.,5. I am less of an expert on visas. But basically, if you continue towards either general or specialist registration it is likely that you can get further employment and visa extensions and ultimately apply for permanent residency. There is a time limit imposed by the registration rules as to how long you can work before completing the AMC Certificate completely.

      2. Hello sir,I am an Indian pathologist with MD degree in Pathology from a recognisable medical institute in India.My years of experience post PG are 19 years working in various setups as consultant pathologist and blood bank officer.What are my chances of getting a job in Australia?I don’t mind if it’s not a specialist job.

        1. Hi Preeti I would say that your chances via the specialist pathway are reasonably good. Its worth investigating whether there are any jobs going for Pathologists first.

  6. Hello sir, I have just completed my Superspecialisation in Cardiology from India. Earlier I have done my MBBS and MD Medicine from India only. Now I want to apply for Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology for one year in one of the tertiary care Hospitals in Australia where they have a requirement. Sir, can u please guide me on how I can get into the fellowship programme without much fuss over other issues (including non-academic issues like visa and others) ? I have the required qualifications that are required for the course. Kindly guide sir.. Will be grateful to u.

  7. ive completed my mbbs from mci recognised govt.medical college in india and diploma in gynaecology from anther mci recognised ,im practising as a general physician in india no gynaec practice in my own hospital in india since last 13 years ,but now want to relocate myself in australia as a genral practitioner ,can u suggest me the route ,pros cons for relocation ,is it possible to relocate now ?

    1. Hi Prashant I would need to know some more details but it sounds like the nature of your practice is not equivalent enough to what occurs in general practice here to go via any of the GP pathways. You would likely need to attempt the AMC exams first and attempt standard pathway registration. I would recommend that you speak with my colleague Dr Rebecca Stewart @ Rebecca is a GP who provides some similar services to me

      1. If in case I am married to an Indian who is working in Australia and I completed my MBBS from India, then should I write AMC for registration or can I get Australian registration in any other ways???

        1. There are other ways but this is the most direct way. Becoming an Australian citizen won’t affect your options.

  8. Hello sir,i have completed my mbbs graduation in china,and iam from india.I complted my legalised exam(FMGE)to practise in india.After that i worked as duty doctor for 6yrs,not done any postgraduation,now iam planning to work in australia,no idea at all,can u plz guide or suggest how to approach?thanq.

  9. Hi Anthony.
    This is a very good blog.
    I am a post MD internal medicine with 3 years experience as assistant professor and consultant in medicine. I wish to pursue advance training in haematology or oncology there in Australia. So, should I be doing the AMC pathway or the specialist pathway ?
    Thanks and regards.

    1. Hello, Arun I would either recommend pursuing opportunities via the Specialist Pathway or Short Term Specialist Training Pathway. How long was your MD?

      1. Thank you so much for the reply.
        3 years of MD training .. 3 years of working exp. in the present role.
        Sir, even if I apply through the specialist pathway, would I be eligible for advanced training ? Or should I do Basic physician training again ?
        Thanks !

        1. You won’t need to do basic training. You may be better off applying for short term specialist training.

          1. But sir,as per what I understood, STS pathway may not lead to fellowship not being awarded by the RACP. If so, what pathway should I follow to get the FRACP and continue my practice in Australia sir ?
            Thank you.

      2. Hi sir. Very thanks for the reply.
        I did 3 years of MD medicine training followed by 3 years of working experience in the present role.
        So sir, even if I qualify through the specialist pathway, should I be doing basic physician training again, if I want to do advanced training there.
        Thanks !

  10. Hi. I am a radiation oncologist with a fellowship in palliative medicine (all from India). Post MBBS I have total 15 years, post MD 12 years and post fellowship 8 years experience in the relevant fields. If I have a PR as dependant, what are my chances in Australia?

    1. Hi from the description so far I would say fairly good. What is the total amount of your formal specialty training? eg MD and other degrees.

      1. MD is 3 years and Fellowship is 2 years. I was a senior registrar post MD for a year. Which could also be considered training.

      2. Sir i have done MS in obstetrics and gyne from India which is of 3 yrs duration and a little over 2 yrs of specialist experience. What pathway should I apply as I see that for specialist pathway they are asking for 5 yrs of training… Pl guide

        1. 3 years of formal training and 2 years of experience as a specialist is borderline for a favourable substantial comparability assessment. I’d suggest more experience. If you would like me to go into more depth for you then we have coaching sessions available.

  11. Hello sir, I am doing MBBS in my home country in india.. I want to do residency in dermatology from Australia..what path should I go for??

  12. Hi,I am a dermatologist working in india with 11 years of private practice post MD and have a PR also .Do I have any chance and how long will the specialist pathway

    1. Hello, there is always a chance I’d need to go more thoroughly through your application to let you know. The pathway generally takes about 6 months to apply for and go through the assessment process and then if favourable generally 1 to 2 years of assessment whilst working.

  13. I had responded to an internet ad on my email for a position of Urologist at BoyupBrook SMH at Boyup Brook.
    The HR later got in touch with me by phone from +61 488893009.This read as Curtin university on truecaller on my phone.However the caller identified himself as HR from boyupbrook SMH.
    He asked me to fill an audio questionnaire and followup for next stage in recruitment process.
    I had in 2003 attended an RACS interview for a Consultant at Tasmania and had to submit a whole lot of documentation.
    Also I am now 65 yrs old.
    I would like to know from you does this approach from Boyupbrook sound genuine?
    Should I follow this up should I ignore this?
    At the last interview in 2002, the hospital from Tasmania had even paid for my trip to Melbourne for the interview.

    1. Hello, it sounds not to be genuine. You should be able to find the position advertised on an official Western Australian website.
      Boyupbrook is a 12-bed community hospital which would probably be mainly run by local general practitioners. If they do require a urologist it would probably be no more than once a month to do a clinic.

      1. They are also aproached me via a employer site named Indeed they are asking me to make a passport and arrangements should i approach or not

    2. Hello please tell me more i also got a response from them I think its a Fraud did they asked for money or something else?

  14. Hi,I am Plastic Surgeon from India.I completed my 3 year Master training in Surgery and another 3 year Master traing in Plastic Surgery.I would like to apply forFRCS Plastic Surgery.Kindly guide me,thanks

  15. Hi, I am an Ophthalmologist (3 year MD course) trained from India. I have finished a one-year Oculoplastics and Ocular Oncology fellowship from India and a one-year Ocular Oncology Clinical Research fellowship from the US. Am I eligible for applying for the specialist pathway? Or do I need more work experience to be eligible for it? Please advise. Thank you

  16. Hey Anthony
    I completed my MBBS in India. Then completed my MD radiology in India as well.(3 year MD training). Then I moved to the United States and about to complete 5 years of fellowship training in multiple subspecialities and also about to get American Board of Radiology (ABR) certification. I am contemplating a move to Australia after my board certification (mainly family reasons). I am confused about next step whether apply now to get a substantially comparable result or wait a year or two, get consultant level work exp in US and then apply? I would appreciate your input. Also would consider a strategy call with you guys but let me know what you think.

    1. Hi sounds like you would be pretty close to getting a substantially comparable result. I’d definitely recommend a strategy call.

  17. My daughter is doing her MS in General Surgery. She will be completing in next year which is 3 years course in India. Post this what is the option she will have to opt for if she has to work in Australia. Please advise?

  18. Hello,
    I have completed my
    M.D (Pediatrics),
    D.N.B (Pediatrics),
    Fellowship in Pediatric Neurology,
    with 5 years of experience post MD. Am currently working in Oman as a Specialist Pediatrician.What can be my prospects there in Australia? Also,do I have to go through the common pathway or specialist pathway/

  19. Hi Anthony,
    I have completed my MBBS alongwith 1-year supervised training in 2010, after that I have done FCPS (Gynaecology & Obstetrics) from Pakistan in December 2019. This includes 4-years residency training.
    Now I’m moving to Australia this year on a PR visa with my family. So should I focus on specialist pathway or standard pathway instead? Thanks.

          1. Thanks Anthony. But I’m bit worried because my post-specialisation experience starts from January 2020 and considering the cost involved in this pathway compells me to be very sure before stepping in. Thanks.

  20. Hi Anthony,

    I am Dr. Smit Shah,
    I have done DNB Orthopaedics -3 years of formal training, followed by 2 years of fellowship in sub specialities like joint replacement, sports medicine. I have additional qualification of Diploma in Orthopaedics. Also i have done 2 years of short term specialist training (fellowship) in Australia. At present, I have 7 and half years of experience after passing DNB Orthopaedics and 1 and half year of Consultant practise experience after coming back from Australia.
    Do you recommend putting papers for specialist assessment through RACS?

    1. Yes I would. You have a good chance. But you need to also consider is there a job opportunity to go into.

      1. Dear Anthony,
        Thank you for your reply.
        I am applying for jobs (Orthopaedic fellow jobs) for 2021. Yet, no luck.
        would you recommend taking help from any consultancy?
        Also do you help in preparing for interview process with RACS? (of course if document review is successful.Planning to apply soon.)

  21. hello mr. anthony
    i am ENT surgeon from india, having experience of more than 15 years post gradaution,
    my special area of work is nerotology i mean vertigo and balance related disorders,
    i am having 15 yrs excperience in same field, presently doing private practice in india,
    what are my chance of getting admission through special pathway..? i want to continue work
    in same area like vertigo and imbalance .
    as my age is 42 yrs so does it affect to getting PR

  22. Hi Anthony,
    I am Darshan from India,
    I am ENT specialist in India,
    I am specially interested in field of neurotology I mean vertigo and balance related disorders (conservative management)
    I am having experience of more than 15 years.
    How do you see my chances for specialist pathway and also for getting PR

  23. Hi Antony,

    I am a Pathologist from India. Completed my MD pathology 3 years residency and then DNB Pathology 1 year later. Have a total 3 years post MD experience. How are my chances in specialist pathway in Australia.

  24. Hi Anthony,

    I am specialist Pathologist from India. I have completed 3 years MD and then DNB exam after one year. Have total 3 years Post MD experience -( 1 year as senior resident and 2 years as consultant specialist Pathologist ). What are my chances and which pathway I should apply..

  25. Hi Anthony,

    I am specialist Pathologist from India. I have completed 3 years MD and then DNB exam after one year. Have total 3 years Post MD experience -( 1 year as senior resident and 2 years as consultant specialist Pathologist ). What are my chances and which pathway I should apply..
    Waiting for the reply!

  26. Hi Anthony,

    I am an Specialist Pathologist from India. I have completed MD pathology (3 years residency) from 2014-2017 and then DNB Pathology in 2018. I have total 3 years Post MD experience. What are my chances in specialist pathway and what is the job situation for pathologists in Australia.

  27. I am an IMG radiologist who is highly motivated and desirous of pursuing a career in Australia. The preferred method for IMG specialists for initial assessment by the Australian medical board and specialty college (RANZCR) is the through the Specialist pathway – specialist recognition. The result of this assessment will likely be “partially comparable” (considering the recent trends and my clinical and academic experience). Once an IMG gets a “partially comparable” status after assessment he/she is required to undertake a year of supervised training in a RANZCR accredited institute (as a registrar). Now my question is – What are the chances of an IMG getting a registrar job at a RANZCR accredited institute (which usually includes majority of the current sites) ?

    Simply put – How likely is it for an IMG radiologist to get a registrar job in Australia after being assessed as partially comparable?

    1. Hi Min
      Sadly there is not a lot of data kept about this. You will probably notice that there are a fair few jobs advertised for Radiologists. But not so much for trainees. This gives you a reasonable idea of the prospects.

      1. Hi Anthony

        Thanks for the prompt response. So considering the worser scenario that there is not a large demand/possibility for IMG radiologist to join as a registrar, then my question is :

        1: After being judged as partially comparable after assessment, what are my other opportunities in Australian healthcare system?

        2: Do hospitals/institutes offer a job to partially comparable IMG specialist and what are the chances of that?

        I apologize for extending the conversation but lack of clarity of the scenario is the main hurdle for us IMG’s. Please help.


  28. Hi Anthony ,
    I have completed MD Pathology in India with 4 years of work experience after post graduation.I have already created AMC account. Now my question is if I go for the short term training for 1 year, what are the costs involved? Do I need a sponsor for that?
    My second question is can I opt for the Area of need program?
    In case of specialist pathway if I have to train under supervision, simultaneously can I earn my living? Is that possible

  29. Hi I have done my mbbs, MD medicine , DNB medicine and DM infectious disease (3 yr fellowship ) and now considering the specialist pathway . Unfortunately I don’t see any job opportunities online . Is it better to secure a job first and then apply for the specialist pathway ? Or the other way around ?
    2) what’s the average supervision period in subtsrantially comparable and partially comparable outcomes ? And do we get paid during this period of supervision


    1. Hello Farhan
      To answer your questions. Yes. It is generally better if you can find a job first. However, this is not the usual path as many employers wish to wait till you are assessed by the college.
      SC = around 1 year’s supervision, PC = 2 years.
      You get paid whilst you are working.

  30. Hi Anthony,
    I am an ophthalmologist trained in India (3 years postgraduation + two 6 month additional Fellowships training ) and 15 years experience.
    Could you kindly state what would be my chances of outcome following AoN specialist assessment please (if applying along with AoN job offer).
    And what would the comparability chances for the Specialist Recognition assessment please. Many Thanks for your time !

    1. Most Indian specialists gain partial comparability. I don’t give definitive assessments on comments. You would need to book a coaching call with me to go over your circumstances.

  31. He I have a few questions
    1. Do they help us in getting area of needs position like the step you said that we have to apply for specialist colleges and stuff do we have to apply in case of aon too?
    2. As an indian img who wants to do psychiatry but after plab AnD fy2 from uk so when will the time to enter aus be apt ? Fy2 or after completing specialist pathway ?
    3. In aon how many years do we need to work before we can shift to another place ?

    1. Hi
      1. The colleges also review AON applications (this is 99% the same as the specialist pathway) they do not help you find a position for either AoN or specialist pathway, that’s up to you.
      2. You are probably better moving to Australia before commencing psychiatry training or fully completing psychiatry training in the UK and achieving the CCST.
      3. AoN posts require renewal every now and then. It’s normally expected that you achieve specialist status within 2 or 3 years in that post.

  32. Hi Anthony
    I am an Indian Medical Microbiologist presently working in Kuwait having both MBBS and MD (Microbiology,3 years degree course) from India with almost 12 years post MD experience.I have also FRCPath (UK) in Microbiology. My questions are 1) What are the chances of recognition by the relevant college in Australia as being substantially comparable.2)What are the chances of getting a job as Medical Microbiologist in Australia.

    Dr Abdul Rashid

    1. Hi, I would say reasonably good with that combination of training and experience. It would depend particularly on the nature of the work you are doing currently and your CPD. I’d recommend a strategy call to clarify.

  33. Hi
    I have done MD in Obstetrics and Gynecology in India(completed december 2019). I joined in state health services after that, working as a Specialist medical officer in a regional hospital here(non academic) for almost 7 months now. Would i pass off as incompletely matched or deemed ineligible?

    1. Hi if you are talking about specialist pathway its highly unlikely you would pass at this point as you really have no consultant level experience to speak of.

      1. Well as of now my experience is more than a year as a Specialist Medical Officer in a regional hospital (non- academic). The Post graduation course here is 3 years. I will soon join Senior Residency which is again 3 years. At the end of my Senior Residency, i will have 6 years of academic experience and almost 2 years of non-academic medical as well as surgical experience. Would that be an ideal time to apply?

        1. That sounds like it might be a good time to apply. I would really suggest you book a call and we can go over your prospects and chances for you.

  34. Hello Sir, I have just cleared my DNB exam in Anesthesia. I wanted to apply for fellowship posts which are offered for 6 or 12 months.Do these posts require clinical experience other than DNB training for selection? How can I further secure a job after the completion of my fellowship? How much does the fellowship route costs?

    1. Hi, most fellowship posts are quite competitive and filled by local trainees first. Towards the end of each calendar year, there may be unfilled vacancies for fellow roles or more likely Advanced Trainee roles. If you get an offer it will generally mean taking the 2 years time-limited registration. So no. It’s not automatic that you can get another job after that. And finishing a fellowship does not make you a Fellow of the College.

  35. Hello Anthony,

    My Brother in Law is a Doctor in India for more than 20 years now (MD in Medicine). He’s now looking for overseas opportunities and is very interested in relocating to Australia. Is there anyway he can migrate to Australia, his present age is 48.

    1. Hi Rahul is he is trained in General Medicine he may have some opportunities. The age becomes a barrier in certain circumstances e.g. going for permanent residency.

  36. Hi , I did MD Microbiology ( 3 yr training ) and DNB Microbiology in 2013. I passed FRCPath part I exam in 2018. I have 7 yrs of post PG experience of working in Medical college in India as recognised specialist. Which pathway is suitable for me to settle in Australia

    1. As per my previous reply possibly specialist pathway. However with 3 years formal training it may be touch and go, despie the FRCPath.

  37. Hello sir,I am an Indian Microbiologist with MD , DNB degree in Microbiology ( 3 yr course) from a recognisable medical institute in India. I have 7 years of post PG experience of working as Assistant professor in central government college in India. I passed FRCPath part 1 exam in 2018. What are my chances of getting a job in Australia? Which pathway is suitable for me?

  38. Hello,
    My sister is a DNB (Anesthesia) and is working as a Senior Resident in India from past 1 year. What are the chances for her and which pathway would be suitable if she is looking to settle in Australia?

  39. Hi
    Im a Dermatologist from India
    MBBS and 3 year formal MD Training from India passed in 2014.
    Worked in India till 2018 and now working in Dubai for past 2 years as Specialist Dermatologist.
    Im intending to apply for Specialist Pathway, please do guide me.

    1. Hi with only 3 years formal dermatology training you will probably struggle to be seen as comparable. As I generally do. I’d recommend a strategy call to discuss further.

  40. Hello,

    Thank you for your detailed insights.

    I hold a PR in Australia, and expecting to become a citizen next year .

    My wife has completed her MD in anesthesiology in India recently this year , and planning to move to Australia early next year

    What could be the pathway for her to practice in Australia ?

    Thank you

    1. Hi she would probably apply via the specialist pathway. It would be handy if she worked as an actual consultant for a few years first in India.

      1. Hello Mr. Anthony,
        I’m a final year student of MBBS in India and I will be completing my internship by 2022 March/April. I will probably write Plab and do FY2 standalone ( will I be eligible for this, since I would have completed three months in surgery and medicine each). Will I then have higher chance of getting into Australia through Competent Authority Pathway? If so, will I have to work in a rural area for a year? I hope to get a surgery residency.
        Thank you in advance

        1. Hi Med I’m not an expert on the UK process sorry. If you can complete all steps of the PLAB yes you have a better chance of working in Australia via CA.

          1. Thank you for the reply! But do I have a chance of getting a surgery post in Australia after 1 yr of supervised training? I’ve heard that UK doctors have higher chances than the other IMGs, as mentioned in this page. What would you suggest? Stay in the UK or Australia?

  41. I am currently working as an intern in India having passed my mbbs final year in 2020. I have a few doubts regarding pursuing post graduation in Australia,firstly-
    1. Can I apply for amc cat 1 portfolio during internship or should I wait until I receive my graduation after internship completion?
    2. Is DY Patil medical college recognised and accepted by Medical Board of Australia?

  42. I am an Indian Urologist who is 62 years of age but still active and fit in practice.
    I have done MS in General Surgery and then DNB in Urology over 30 years ago.
    I have over 30 years experience as a Private Practitioner in Urology. Besides I am a Professor of General Surgery certified by The Medical Council of India in a Private Medical College.
    Now I desire to work in Australia as A Urologist.
    What are my options?
    How do I start to proceed?

    1. Hi Arvind
      Unless you have some personal connections here I think it will be a struggle to gain a supervised post.
      From your description, you should probably get through the college assessment process. But the issue is obtaining a position for the supervised component.

  43. Hey, I have completed my MS from India and after competing my MS, i have 2 years working experience. So i wanted to know How can i get to continue my practice in Australia and how much will be my Salary?
    Please tell me everything.

  44. Hi Anthony
    I am a practicing Consultant Neurosurgeon with 20 years exp.Had done 5-years DNB (Neurosurgery) after MBBS. My age is 54 & still quite fit.What options do I have in Australia as a neurosurgeon.

  45. Hello doctor!

    1. I have completed my MBBS, MD Medicine(3 years training) and DNB from India. Will this be acceptable for the specialist pathway?

    2. Is it wiser to gain GMC registration via MRCP pathway, work in the UK to attain CCT and then apply as a specialist in Australia?

    1. There are pros and cons to each option. I’d suggest booking a clarity call and we can go over it for you.

  46. iam interested to work as doctor in australia what is the process and tell me anything about job in australia as doctor iam doing my degree now but at my last year of my medical course i need to clear australia exam my whatsapp number 7339250193 and my email id [email protected]

    1. Hello Dharu
      You will find lots of useful information on this site. For individual advice we have paid coaching calls.

  47. Hi Dr Llewellyn,

    I am a board certified Paediatric surgeon , working as an associate consultant since 2.5 years after my qualification. My training was for 6 years in Paediatric surgery (DNB) and work experience of 2.5 years after that.
    1. Would I qualify to apply for specialist pathway to gain registeration with the above experience?
    2. should I have a job offer before I apply for specialist pathway?

    1. Hi, you would be able to apply for specialist recognition. The question is how good are your chances? There’s not a huge demand for extra paediatric surgeons here. So even if you made it through assessment you may find it difficult to get a supervised position.

  48. Hello ,I’m Dr Bharat Sangal from India. I have completed my MBBS and DNB in general surgery and am currently pursuing MCH in surgical gastroenterology which I will be awarded in 2022. As I read in your blog,the specialist pathway will be the most ideal for me…if so how are my chances with that and if not then what other options would you suggest….thank you

    1. Getting comparability with the College of Surgeons is tough. There’s no other options available that would be realistic in your case.

      1. Thank you for your response…so what would you suggest if I’m keen to further work in Australia??…

        1. I would recommend booking one of my initial clarity calls and we can go over your chances so you are fully informed.

  49. Hello Anthony
    Greetings of the day
    I have done my MBBS (4.5 YEARS), rotational internship (1 year), MD (GENERAL MEDICINE)( 3 YEARS), DNB NEPHROLOGY(3 YEARS), MRCP UK, SCE, NEPHROLOGY , have been working as consultant nephrologist since last 5 years at teaching institute and active participation in on going medical education programs at the hospital.
    If u can throw some light on my eligibility for specialist registration and chances of landing up a specialist job in Australia. I would be willing to work in area of need as well

    1. Hello, Rohit it sounds like you would have enough training and experience to qualify for comparability for Renal Medicine with the RACP. I’d suggest booking in a clarity call and I can give you further guidance about the process.

      1. Hi Dr Anthony.
        I have completed MD and DMRD from India with a total of 6 years radiology training experience. Which pathway is suggested? Can i apply for Radiology registrar positions as well?
        Thank you.

        1. Hello dr. Venkatesh… how you have training of 6 years? Please elaborate… you did md first and then dmrd? Is that possible now.? And isn’t dmrd 2 year course? Please elaborate your 6 yr training…

  50. Hello sir , I completed my MBBS from India and now I got permanent residency in Australia as my family is here. I also got selected for neurosurgery specialty in India . But I want to stay in Australia. My concern is whether I go for AMC / general registration and then apply for specialty in surgery in Australia itself or I should go for specialty in India for neurosurgery then come to Australia for specialist pathway? As I’m very much interested in neurosurgery what are my chances and how I can get speciality in neurosurgery after AMC / general registration in Australia? Is there anything like Indian medical graduates are not much preferred for surgical branches in Australia? If the chances are low then should I go for neurosurgery in India ? I’m very confused what to choose please help sir !

  51. I am looking for gaining supervised training ( Internship) opportunities for my son. He is an Australian Citizen and finished his MBBS degree from Malaysia in June 2021. He will take the AMC part 1 exam after registering with AMC and creating a Portfolio. Will he be able to gain a supervised training Internship position in rural regions in Australia after passing AMC part 1 or 2? I know it is hard to get into an Internship position for IMGs unless one is lucky to get into a WBA program. The MBBS program did not have a mandatory internship in Malaysia for graduation. It is not offered for International students. will he be able to gain the internship position anywhere in Australia after passing AMC part 1 and /or part 2, please? I checked the pathways on the AMC site and it does not clearly articulate that IMGs need to have completed one-year internship overseas to get into an internship position stipulated by AHPRA? He is a recent IMG. Thanks for your advise.

    1. Hello Nagesh
      As highlighted internship positions for IMGs in Australia are very unlikely. Even with both AMC 1&2.

  52. Hii Anthony
    I from india
    I currently have mbbs and I residency in Australia
    1) can I apply frist for PR and I work in residency
    2) which year I can study amc exam 1 st , 2 ud, 3 rd ,4 th

  53. Hai i am from india,now a days in india neet is compulsory to persue mbbs degree in abroad,but my question is if anyone who does not want to do in india, he directly persue his mbbs in other country,and can he attempt AMC exam to practice in australia ,and do pg programme in australia.With that pg austrlia liscence can he come back to india and get practice

    1. Thanks that’s a rather complicated question you put forward.
      You can certainly do your MBBS in any country and sit the AMC exams. And if you make it through all the steps of the standard pathway apply for training in Australia.
      I am not familiar with the system in India for recognising specialty qualifications from abroad. But I assume that Australian specialty qualifications carry some status in India.

  54. Hi. I am Dr Arora from India. Got my PR Australia cleared my AMC 1..preparing for clinicals…. I have some doubts… Will My PR status affect my registration… What kind of jobs I can get other than GP to start initially… I have experience as clinical pharmacologist and Epidemiologist in India… Kindly guide

    1. Your PR or visa status has nothing to do with your medical registration.
      I’d need to know more to guide you. Suggest you book one of my calls.

  55. Hello
    High regards for you guidance
    I’m an indian mbbs graduate, currently planning to give PLAB and get GMC registration in the UK, complete my FY2 in UK and apply for the competant authority pathway in Australia.
    1) what are my chances of getting a job employment offer to get my general registration completed and how are we supposed to go about it?
    2) how can i pursue a speciality degree in obgyn in australia being an IMG? And what are my chances of working as an OBGYN specialist in australia?

    1. Hello with the above description of your plan you have a reasonable chance of gaining employment here. As always, everyone’s circumstances are different. So I’d encourage you to book a strategy call to get a more granular appraisal.

      Good Afternoon

      Thanks for your query

      The process of becoming a doctor in Australia can be confusing.

      In order to best help you, I would recommend you book one of our Risk-Free Clarity Calls. (Or you might prefer to call this a Strategy Call).

      These are reasonably priced. And you can book straight after payment.

      If you don’t feel you get value from the call I offer a no questions asked refund policy.


  56. Hello Anthony
    I am a cardiologist practising in India with degrees
    MBBS in 2007
    Diplomate of national board in Medicine in 2012
    Diplomate of national board in Cardiology in 2016
    I’m practising as a Consultant in Interventional Cardiology since last five years
    Any possibility of registration via specialist pathway especially in cardiology given the competition being tough.
    Ur reply wud make me consider to go ahead or not.

    1. Hi Vin
      To be open with you. You would probably get a favourable comparability assessment. But spots for SIMG cardiologists to do their supervised time are very limited here.

  57. hi iam gynecologist working in with 16 years experience after post graduation and my husband is gastroenterologist with 13 years experience after DM.what are our prospects of working in australia

    1. O&G is really tough at the moment due to the standards imposed by RANZCOG. Gastroenterology would be a bit easier. But the job prospects are reasonably tough.

  58. Hi
    I am Dr.lakshmi, I completed my mbbs in China cleared license exam in india and did post graduation in india masters in physiology (MD physiology) now working as assistant professor in medical college . I want to know whether I have a chance of working in Australian medical colleges or not . Do I need to have phd degree along MD or just MD IS SUFFICIENT or not .please suggest me the best way to enter into Australia

    1. Hi an MD in physiology is not going to help you much here as there is not really a college or specialty in physiology.

  59. Hi, I have done my MD in pediatrics from India and I have 4 yrs post MD experience and then I specialised in pediatric endocrinology from a premier institute in India and currently I have 3 year experience in ped endocrinology. Recently one Aussie prof offered me an observership for 3 month in Melbourne. But told that I can apply for 1 yr fellowship as well. Now, my question is, how commonly they accept an IMG for a long term fellow position. Plus, If I apply for a long term post, I would like to know the possibility of my husband getting a similar fellow post, who is an MCh plastic surgeon and cleared MRCS (though GMC registration is not done yet) and has 2 year post MCH experience in the field as consultant. Further, how to look for such opening, if any? Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi you will likely find it very easy to obtain a fellowship year in Paediatrics. Your husband will find it much more difficult with plastic surgery.

      I’d recommend a strategy call if you would like to get more specific.

      1. Hi ,
        I have completed my mbbs and MS general surgery from india. And I have 2 years of experience in surgery in uk with gmc registration via MRCS.i have not written plab.
        Will I be eligible through competent authority pathway ( GMC registration plus 2 years UK supervised experience ).

  60. I am a practising Anaesthesiologist in India with 5 years of experience post MD. What are my chances of gaining comparability in specialist assessment?

  61. Hi. I am a practising Anaesthesiologist in India with 5 years of experience post MD (3 years formal training). What are my chances of gaining comparability in specialist assessment?

  62. Hi
    I am ENT specialist in India with 16 years of experience
    Presently working as Consultant in India
    My age is 44 yr
    I want to work in Australia
    Am I eligible to work
    What are the Pr chances at this age

  63. Hi Anthony!
    I have completed my MBBS from a premier institute in india(4.5yrs + 1 yr of rotations).
    Now I’ve cleared NEET PG and have options to pursue MD medicine/DNB medicine.I want to know if in future I want to practice in Australia which one of the above(MD or DNB) will have an advantage there.
    Thanks in advance

    1. DNB is seen as more prestigious. But if possible do 2 degrees. As the length of training is more important.

  64. Hello Anthony
    I have completed my Diploma Anaesthesia and DNB anaesthesia 3 years back from india. I have done 2 year fellowship in liver transplant anaesthesia and critical care from India’s busiest liver transplant center. Right now I am working as associate Consultant in liver transplant anaesthesia since 6 months..What are my chances to work in anaesthesia field in Australia and Which pathway is suitable for me?

    Also my Husband is MS , DNB in surgical gastroenterology and working
    as hepatobiliary and liver transplant surgeon as associate Consultant in india’s busiest liver transplant centre since 1 year ..I also wanted to know about his prospects and chances of working as hepatobiliary and liver transplant surgeon in Australia..
    Thanking you in advance.

    1. Hello Hetal
      I would think you have good prospects with ANZCA.
      Your husband will probably also pass comparability with RACS. But the bar with RACS always tends to be a bit higher. He may also struggle to get a supervisory post here that fits his subspecialty area of interest. If he were presented as a true general surgeon that would improve matters.
      I’d recommend you book a call with me to discuss this furher.

    2. Hello Hetal
      I would think you have good prospects with ANZCA.
      Your husband will probably also pass comparability with RACS. But the bar with RACS always tends to be a bit higher. He may also struggle to get a supervisory post here that fits his subspecialty area of interest. If he were presented as a true general surgeon that would improve matters.
      I’d recommend you book a call with me to discuss further.

  65. Heyy!!! I have completed mbbs and md anesthesia (3 years)I’ve worked as senior registrar for 1 year and 3years experience as anesthetist…How are the chances for specialist pathway

  66. Hi Antony . I have recently finished my MD in internal medicine ( 3 yrs ) from India. I am planning for a career in Australia in the future. Going through the above queries , it seems that you need more formal training to get close to a substantial comparability. What would you suggest? Doing sub-speciality ( DM , for example in nephrology/ endocrinology) / DNB medicine /MRCP UK to boost the CV or just work as a senior resident / assistant professor ,get experience and then apply ?

    1. The ideal situation is more formal training. So something with a documented curriculum and assessment program. Don’t just sit an exam like the MRCP or DNB and don’t just do an unstructured senior resident year.

  67. Hi
    I am a General Surgeon from India with 6 years of post MS experience 3 years as an attending and associate consultant. I am trying to find a place for short term training in general surgery but I am unable to find any website for the same are there any specific websites or other way to find it?

    1. Yes. Go to the IMG Resources page on my website. Here I have listed all the State and Territory jobs boards.

  68. Hi Anthony,
    I have just finished my residency and completed MD in Anaesthesiology. I want to know if and how I could work as Anaesthesiologist in Australia ?

  69. Hi Anthony
    I have completed my MD General Medicine 3 years course from India and I have one year work experience as senior resident currently..planning to pursue short term career in Australia..what are my chances and please guide me with this

    1. Thanks if you would like individual help on your plan then I offer coaching calls.


      The process of becoming a doctor in Australia can be confusing.

      In order to best help you, I would recommend you book one of our Risk-Free Clarity Calls. (Or you might prefer to call this a Strategy Call).

      These are reasonably priced. And you can book straight after payment.

      If you don’t feel you get value from the call I offer a no questions asked refund policy.


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