Major audit prompts push to revamp assessment of specialist IMGs

No college is fully compliant with the current benchmarks

Australia’s specialist medical colleges have been urged to revamp how they assess specialist IMGs, after a major review unearthed complaints of bullying and confusion among applicants.


The Medical Board of Australia is now promising to rewrite its guidelines for colleges assessing the overseas specialist qualifications of IMGs seeking fast-tracked vocational registration in Australia.

Roughly 900 IMGs have been applying through the 16 accredited specialist colleges for recognition of their overseas qualifications each year since the task was handed to the colleges in 2014.

But a