Information for international medical graduates (IMGs)

Doctors who have obtained their qualifications overseas should consult the Australian Medical Council website about recognition of their qualifications in Australia.

Those who have obtained specialist qualifications overseas will normally be required to apply through the Australian Medical Council to undergo a vocational assessment by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

General information about working as a doctor in Australia can be found at the Australian government website DoctorConnect.


If you are a graduate of an overseas medical school seeking entry to the Surgical Education and Training (SET) program, please contact RACS in the first instance. Frequently asked questions relating to IMGs and the SET selection process can be found on the RACS website.

Please note that you must be an Australian citizen or have permanent resident status in Australia for the full duration of the program, and hold unconditional registration as a medical practitioner in Australia. 


Fellowship by Examination and Fellowship by Assessment refer to IMGs who have been deemed by RACS to be partially or substantially comparable to an Australian or New Zealand trained surgeon. IMGs deemed as Fellowship by Examination are required to pass the Fellowship exam prior to being admitted to Fellowship.

AOA provides the following resources to its trainees in preparation for sitting the Fellowship Exam:

  • Education Learning Centre (eLC) access
  • Surgical Education & Training (SET) Curriculum
  • Bone School

Fellowship by Examination IMGs who would like access to these resources are welcome to contact AOA's Education & Training team on (02) 8071 8000. Granting of 6-12 months temporary access requires payment of a training fee as per IMG Fee Guidelines.