IMG determined to make a difference

FOR Gold Coast GP Dr Maria Coliat, offering a helping hand to international medical graduates (IMGs) stumbling through the arduous assessment system is the least she can do.

Arriving from the Philippines in December 2005, Dr Coliat endured a multitude of system changes and difficulties before reaching the stage of sitting the RACGP fellowship in August 2010.

It took two years just to gather the relevant documents necessary to gain entry to the exam, which were then posted in a 3 kg parcel to Victoria for assessment.

During this time, Dr Coliat had two children, with the youngest just seven months old when she passed the fellowship exam at her first attempt.

So, this month she gave two days of her time to attend the RACGP International Medical Graduate Forum in Brisbane to speak with IMGs about the journey.

“I think it would be a good idea when IMGs sat the exam to then pass on their experience to other IMGs, just to let