In order to be considered eligible to apply to enter the SIMG pathway, applicants will be assessed on the following questions;
After the College receives an application, the SIMG Committee conducts an initial paper-based assessment to determine if an applicant is either not comparable and should explore other pathways or may proceed to have a face-to-face interview.
The interview panel is made up of members of the SIMG Committee, suitable College Fellows from the relevant jurisdiction and a community representative. The interview will be organised by the College and location will depend on all parties involved, however usually they are held in either Melbourne or Aotearoa New Zealand. Where an applicant is based outside of Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand, a videoconference interview may be offered. The applicant is required to make their own travel arrangements and cover their costs.
Once the interview has occurred, the Panel make their recommendations, and these are presented to the wider SIMG Committee at the next scheduled Committee meeting. The SIMG Committee will discuss the recommendations and a final decision will be made as to the eligibility of the applicant and what their training requirements will be to reach comparability. The applicant will receive the Committee’s outcome regarding their application in writing in the weeks following the meeting.
Please be aware that invitation to an interview does not guarantee acceptance on to the SIMG pathway.
The SIMG Assessment Fee can be found in the Fees tab.
A component of the specialist assessment process is a face-to-face interview held at the College in Melbourne. If you are applying for specialist recognition in Aotearoa New Zealand, this interview will be held in Aotearoa New Zealand.
There are three interview rounds per year and the dates of these in 2021 are as follows:
Outcome of SIMG assessments by the College of Intensive Care Medicine
Specialist International Medical Graduate FAQs
The SIMG pathway is for medical practitioners who have already completed specialist training and examination requirements in a country outside of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, in intensive care medicine.
Applicants are required to provide all documentary evidence of previous training and qualifications listed in their application. All supporting evidence must either be original documentation or certified copies by a Justice of the Peace or notary public.
Applicants are also required to provide evidence of registration and practice as an intensive care specialist in their country of training. A detailed CV is also required.
The College aims to determine whether an applicant is able to perform as an unsupervised specialist in intensive care medicine at a comparable standard to that of a College Fellow. An interview assists with the assessment process.
No. It is possible that on paper, an applicant’s training and experience appears suitable for the SIMG pathway however may then be deemed to be non-comparable after the interview.
The applicant is deemed unable to reach comparability within a 24 month full time equivalent time frame of supervised clinical practice.
Applicants can reach comparability within a 24 month full time equivalent time frame of supervised clinical practice with the completion of College assessments.
Applicants can undertake the intended scope of practice, taking full responsibility for individual patients with only oversight of their practice by a supervisor. The applicant may be required to undertake a period of up to 12 months full time equivalent of clinical practice and complete College assessments.
All applicants are assessed in the context of their completed specialist training program in intensive care medicine. Experience and examinations completed are considered however there is a possibility that an assessment will be required, and this is currently the CICM Second Part Examination.
The SIMG Committee may recommend entry to the program via the standard training pathway.
The SIMG pathway is designed for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) who are intending to obtain Fellowship and subsequently apply for specialist registration. If an IMG is intending to complete top-up training only, they may apply for an Occupational Training Visa (OTV).
For further informaton please visit: Short Term Training.