IMG’s Road to Australia : General Introduction

So, finally I’m rewriting the post that I accidentally deleted last year! ><
It is always hardest to get started!

High time I keep the promise I’ve been making to answer the numerous FAQs I’ve been getting on my blog/email/facebook messenger/whatsapp about the Road to Australia for IMGs. 

On average, I get 1 enquiry per month enquiry per month either for themselves or for a friend. So now I can route mates to these posts on blogosphere. You may  share them on too! 🙂

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So, are you:
– an overseas qualified medical student/doctor?
– seeking job in Australia?
– wondering how to get about doing that?
Then, this is for you, my dear fellow IMG (International Medical Graduate).

I ‘m breaking this down into few parts to make it more digestible. Trust this will help medical doctors looking for information on working in Australia by zooming into the areas relevant to your situation.

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PART 1

(of my IMG in Australia series write-up)

I’ll begin with some frequently used terms, which I will be obviously be using a lot in these series of posts.

 

Frequently Used Terms/ Acronyms

IMG – International Medical Graduate
AMC – Australian Medical Council (functions as an accrediation board)
AHPRA – Australian Health Practitioners Registration Agency (in charge of ongoing registrations for not only medical doctors, but all health practitioners.

** Some countries have an organization that is in charge of both accrediting & registrating doctors, eg: MMC in Malaysia. However here, it is separated.

Part 1/ MCQ – Multiple choice question which makes up first part of AMC examination…I can hear some duhs :p
Part 2/ Clinicals  – The second part of AMC examination
*Some countries have exemptions that allows you to bypass AMC examination by taking the competent pathway route – NZ, Canada, England, Ireland, USA

IELTS – International English Language Test System (you need the Academic Pathway)
OET – Occupational English Test

PESCI – Pre Employment Structured Clinical Interview

AON – Area of Need
DWS – District of Workforce Shortage

RACGP – The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
FRACGP – Fellowship of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
(equivalent to FMS @ Family Medicine specialist back in Malaysia. In Australia they are not referred to as specialist)
Fellow – I will use this to describe FRACGP holders
Registrar – someone who is enrolled into the FRACGP programme working towards their fellowship, but yet to complete all the steps

Specialist – Recognized Postgraduate holders (Masters programme equivalent) from various fields, except GP

GP – General Practitioner
Non VR GP – 
Non Vocationally Registered General Practitioner
VR GP – Vocationally Registered General Practitioner

Have I missed anything? Other other terms/acronyms that is befuddling?
Just drop me a message & will update this list.

Frequently Used Terms/ Acronyms

IMG – International Medical Graduate
AMC – Australian Medical Council (functions as an accrediation board)
AHPRA – Australian Health Practitioners Registration Agency (in charge of ongoing registrations for not only medical doctors, but all health practitioners.

** Some countries have an organization that is in charge of both accrediting & registrating doctors, eg: MMC in Malaysia. However here, it is separated.

Part 1/ MCQ – Multiple choice question which makes up first part of AMC examination…I can hear some duhs :p
Part 2/ Clinicals  – The second part of AMC examination
*Some countries have exemptions that allows you to bypass AMC examination by taking the competent pathway route – NZ, Canada, England, Ireland, USA

IELTS – International English Language Test System (you need the Academic Pathway)
OET – Occupational English Test

AON – Area of Need
DWS – District of Workforce Shortage

RACGP – The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
FRACGP – Fellowship of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
(equivalent to FMS @ Family Medicine specialist back in Malaysia. In Australia they are not referred to as specialist)
Fellow – I will use this to describe FRACGP holders
Registrar – someone who is enrolled into the FRACGP programme working towards their fellowship, but yet to complete all the steps

Specialist – Recognized Postgraduate holders (Masters programme equivalent) from various fields, except GP

GP – General Practitioner
Non VR GP – 
Non Vocationally Registered General Practitioner
VR GP – Vocationally Registered General Practitioner

Have I missed anything? Other other terms/acronyms that is befuddling?
Just drop me a message & will update this list.

AON – Area of Need
DWS – District of Workforce Shortage

RACGP – The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
FRACGP – Fellowship of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
(equivalent to FMS @ Family Medicine specialist back in Malaysia. In Australia they are not referred to as specialist)
Fellow – I will use this to describe FRACGP holders
Registrar – someone who is enrolled into the FRACGP programme working towards their fellowship, but yet to complete all the steps

Specialist – Recognized Postgraduate holders (Masters programme equivalent) from various fields, except GP

GP – General Practitioner
Non VR GP – 
Non Vocationally Registered General Practitioner
VR GP – Vocationally Registered General Practitioner

Have I missed anything? Other other terms/acronyms that is befuddling?
Just drop me a message & will update this list.

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A summary of AMC Pathways:

 

Looks complex?

I will dissect it part by part, while associating it with my personal experience, in the subsequent posts – Stay Tuned!

 

 

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3 Responses to IMG’s Road to Australia : General Introduction

  1. Pingback: Getting Started – of AMC forms, EICS & English test | Mad Med Journey

  2. dr shahriar says:

    thank you so much for this clear cut explanation , can not wait to learn more about how to become a gp doctor in Australia as an img .

  3. Pingback: AMC MCQ -Preparation | Mad Med Journey

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