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Specialist pathway

"Leads to Fellowship of ACRRM, specialist registration and vocational recognition."

The Australian Medical Council (AMC) and the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC) has set the guiding principles for assessment of specialist international medical graduate (SIMG) trained overseas. The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) determines and upholds the standards for the specialty of general practice particularly in the context of rural and remote medical practice.

The Specialist Pathway leads to medical registration in Australia and Fellowship of ACRRM (FACRRM) entitles doctors to practice independently anywhere in Australia. FACRRM's have access to specialist rates of remuneration under Medicare which is the Australian national health insurance scheme.

Doctors who have College-recognised specialist qualifications in general practice or family medicine as per the College's Codified List may be eligible to gain Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM) through the College's Specialist Pathway.

The Specialist Pathway provides a fair and equitable pathway for SIMGs to achieve FACRRM, specialist medical registration in Australia and vocational recognition following a period of professional peer review and assessments as determined through the interim assessment process.

SIMGs assessed must possess the skills and experience deemed to be substantially or partially comparable to those of an Australian-trained FACRRM.

It is important that applicants consider all information available before making an application. Details about the pathway and requirements, including tips on how to complete the application process are available in the Specialist Assessment Pathway - Guidelines for Assessment of Specialist International Medical Graduates (SIMG).

Key statistics relating to the number of applications received by the College and the distribution of assessment outcomes are available on the Medical Board of Australia website and in the Department of Health's medical workforce factsheet.