The Standard Pathway
This option requires an exam and candidates must secure a supervised internship. These are invariably all taken by graduates of Australian Medical Schools; thus, this is not the preferred option.
The Competent Authority Pathway
The Competent Authority pathway is for IMGs who are non-specialist or specialists (including general practitioners) and are seeking general registration with the Medical Board of Australia (the Board).
The Board has approved a number of international authorities as competent to assess, for medical registration, the applied medical knowledge and basic clinical skills of IMGs.
The approved competent authorities include:
- General Medical Council (United Kingdom) – for the PLAB examination OR for graduates of GMC-accredited medical courses in the United Kingdom. (Graduates of the St George’s, University of London MBBS delivered in Cyprus qualify under this requirement.)
The Medical Board of Australia stipulates a number of eligible categories for applicants wishing to undertake the Competent Authority Pathway. UNIC/St George’s MBBS Graduates are covered by Category B:
- Graduate of a medical course conducted by a medical school in the United Kingdom accredited by the General Medical Council, AND:
- Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1,
- or · 12 months supervised training (internship equivalent) in the United Kingdom,
- or · if the 12 months supervised training (internship equivalent) is completed in another Board approved competent authority country, approved by that competent authority.
UK Foundation Year 1 (F1)
We currently recommend that Australian and New Zealand MBBS graduates should apply to do the UK F1 program. This will allow them to qualify for the Competent Authority Pathway to registration. Under current regulations, St George’s, University of London MBBS graduates are eligible for a Tier 2 Sponsorship visa, with the Certificate of Sponsorship being offered through the Higher Education Authorities.
Please note: all requirements are current and are subject to change by Medical and/or Government authorities.