Specialist International Medical Graduates

Overseas Trained Specialist Pathologists

Overseas Trained Specialist Pathologists (those international medical graduates who have obtained specialist pathology qualifications in their country of origin) who wish to work as a specialist pathologist in Australia are required to; 

  1. Apply directly to the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduate's (ECFMG) Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC) for verification of both primary and specialist qualifications. (https://www.ecfmgepic.org/instructions-amc.html)

  2. Complete an Australian Medical Council (AMC) online application to establish an AMC portfolio (https://www.amc.org.au/assessment/amc-portfolio)

  3. Apply to the RCPA for a Specialist and/or AON assessment

The application and assessment processes for Specialist Assessment and/or AON Assessments are the same; however AON applications have additional documentation about AON positions.

Applicants must note that Australian citizens and permanent residents are given priority in the allocation of training positions.

Refer to the Medical Board of Australia Specialist Pathway before completing your application form

Application Form

These notes include an estimate of fees payable for a candidate to gain fellowship.

CV Template (176 kB)

Information on the level of applications to the College and the most recent Health Workforce Data can be found by following the links below;

This report contains data on applications and distribution of assessment outcomes for all medical colleges.

Australian Department of Health – Health Workforce Data


Australian and New Zealand Medical Graduates

This Determination Application Form is for Australian and New Zealand medical graduates who have obtained speciailist qualifications overseas.

Overseas Trained Specialists Domiciled in Countries where the RCPA has a Training Program.

Only Specialists in this category may apply directly to the College for a training determination. There is a step guide to help you with this process. Please see link - Overseas Trained Specialists Domiciled in Countries where the RCPA has a Training Program

International Medical Graduates / Overseas Trained Doctors

Overseas Trained Doctors (those who are not yet Specialist Pathologists in their country of origin) who wish to work in Australia and undertake pathology training will also need to contact the Australian Medical Council (AMC)

Supporting College Information

Policy Document
Assessment of Overseas Trained Doctors & Specialist International Medical Graduates in Australia & New Zealand

RCPA Examination Exemption Tables

RCPA Training Time Credit Tables
https://www.rcpa.edu.au /Trainees/Training-with-the-RCPA/Training-Time-Credits

RCPA Curriculum Trainee Handbook for your discipline

Step Guides

In order to assist Overseas Trained Doctors/International Medical Graduates and prospective employers, the College has developed a series of step guides that explain in detail the process required by the RCPA, and the Australian Medical Board (AHPRA*) when applying for Assessment and Registration.
*AHPRA is the administrative arm of the Medical Board of Australia which is responsible for medical registration.

Reconsideration of Assessment Decisions

A decision in relation to an assessment for specialist recognition on behalf of the AMC can be subject to a reconsideration, review or formal appeal under the RCPA Regulation for Reconsideration, Review and Formal Appeal of certain Decisions of the College

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