Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) is the authority on professional standards determining if the training and experience of an Overseas Trained Physicians (OTP) is “substantially comparable,” “partially comparable,” or “not comparable” to that of an Australian-trained physician/paediatrician.
OTP’s who hold qualifications which allow recognition as a specialist in their country of training are eligible to apply for specialist assessment in their recognised subspecialty.
All candidates are assessed individually, the college will do a preliminary review and if unlikely that the candidate will be found substantially comparable the OTD will be notified.
A candidate may be assessed as substantially comparable to an Australian-trained physician/paediatrician:
- If he/she has undergone training in a system similar to that of Australia, including a period of general medical training (i.e. in Basic Training), followed by examination and an advanced training period in a subspecialty.
- If that training has been overseen by a body similar to the RACP,
- If the duration of experience at specialist level is significant, with specialty practice in the area he/she is to be assessed in,
- If that experience is with a case load and clinical duties similar to that of an Australian-trained physician/paediatrician.
Most applicants with substantially comparable training and experience will be required to undertake a period of satisfactory Professional Practice under Peer Review for a period of 12 months.
An OTP is deemed to be partially comparable to an Australian-trained physician/paediatrician if he/she is likely to be equivalent within 24 months. The recommendation from assessment may include top up training, examinations, and peer review.
When an applicant’s training and experience is not comparable to that of an Australian-trained physician/paediatrician the college may recommend the applicant to complete the AMC examinations and apply to join the RACP physician training programs.
Specialists in Internal Medicine and sub-specialties are in steady demand in New Zealand, meaning great opportunities are always arising for you in our beautiful country! We work with all sub-specialties and will all hospitals nationwide, so can offer you all the options available.
If you hold one of qualifications listed below you are eligible to work as a Locum Tenens Specialist for up to 12 months, and also to apply for Vocational Registration which has no restriction on the time you can work in New Zealand.
- Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians;
- Fellowship or Membership of the Royal College of Physicians London, Ireland, Edinburgh or of the Royal Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, along with the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT/CCST);
- Certificate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, with a minimum of 2 years clinical experience in Internal Medicine after gaining Board certification;
- Fellowship in Internal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
For sub-specialties you will need to hold also the relevant specialist qualification for your subspecialty.
Doctors who hold a specialist qualification in Internal Medicine but not one of those listed above may be eligible to apply for Vocational Registration in New Zealand, allowing you to work at Consultant level. Please contact us for more information.
Doctors without Vocational qualifications, but who have worked in Internal Medicine for a minimum of 30 hours per week for at least 33 out of the last 48 months in one of the following Comparable Health countries, are eligible to work in New Zealand at Medical Officer of Specialist Scale (MOSS) or Registrar level, depending on your level of training and experience. Comparable Health System countries are:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Norway, Republic of Ireland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States of America.
Each case is different, and there are a number of pathways to registration in New Zealand, so please register with us to have an in depth assessment of your eligibility and registration options with one of our Consultants.