Eligibility


Important

Curricula classifications relate to the assessment of curricula and does not reflect the outcome of your comparability assessment.

Comparability assessments are based on a number of criteria, the outcome of which is determined after RACGP medical assessors have reviewed your complete application.

If your curriculum has been assessed as Substantially Comparable or Partially Comparable, your specialist general practice qualification is considered to have a recognised curriculum.

Curricula classification will be reviewed every five years or upon release of new curricula.

PEP Specialist Stream eligibility requirements

Specialist international medical graduates (SIMGs) must undertake a comparability assessment to determine eligibility to apply for entry into the PEP Specialist Stream Program.

Please read the Practice Experience Program – Specialist Stream Comparability Policy and review the list of comparability assessment criteria before you apply for a comparability assessment here.

There are three parts to the application process for assessing your eligibility to enter the Program:


Part A – Comparability assessment

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Hold a specialist general practice qualification with a recognised curriculum and provide evidence of the training route completed and assessments undertaken
  2. Assessment type - completed a summative assessment comprising both theoretical and practical components equivalent to those utilised within the RACGP examinations.
  3. Recency of practice - your experience within both the last 12 months and last four years must meet the requirements of the Practice Experience Program – Specialist Stream Assessment of Recency Policy
  4. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) - completion of 50 hours CPD in the last 12 months
  5. Continuity of practice - explain any gaps in clinical practice of longer than three months

If you do not meet the eligibility criteria for the PEP Specialist Stream, you may consider the Fellowship Support Program (FSP) to support your journey to the FRACGP. Please refer to the Fellowship Pathways Policy Framework for further information.

Applicants who receive a comparability outcome categorisation of Substantially Comparable or Partially Comparable will proceed to Part B.


Part B – Job offer approval application

  1. Your job must meet the minimum part-time requirement of 14.5 hours over 2 days
  2. Your job must be in comprehensive general practice in an approved practice location

These definitions are found in the Assessment of General Practice Experience Policy

Applicants with an approved job offer will proceed to Part C.  


Part C – Right to work application

Applicants must provide evidence of the following:
  1. Visa details including evidence of visa type
  2. Health workforce certificate
  3. Australian medical registration


Curricula classification

Curricula assessed as Substantially Comparable

 
Country Qualification Last reviewed
Belgium  Master of Specialisation in General Medicine, University of Liège  August 2023
Canada Certification in the College of Family Physicians  June 2019
Hong Kong Fellow of Hong Kong College of Family Physicians April 2018
Ireland Membership of the Irish College of General Practitioners August 2018
Malaysia Membership of the Academy of Family Physicians of Malaysia August 2018
Malta Specialist in Family Medicine  November 2019
New Zealand Fellowship of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners  August 2018
Spain Specialist in Family and Community Medicine  June 2022
Sweden Certificate of Specific Training for General Practice  June 2022
United Kingdom Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners  August 2018


Curricula assessed as Partially Comparable

Country Qualification Last reviewed
Malaysia Master in Family Medicine, National University of Malaysia October 2022
Netherlands Certificate of Specific Training for General Practice  July 2019
Philippines Diplomate of Family and Community Medicine October 2022
Saudi Arabia Saudi Board in Family Medicine June 2022
Singapore Master of Medicine in Family Medicine October 2022
South Africa Fellowship of the College of Family Physicians of South Africa – FCFP(SA)  June 2023
Sri Lanka MD Family Medicine
(Family Medicine Specialist Board certification required)
June 2022
United Kingdom Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners International -South Asia March 2023
USA Certification of the American Board of Family Medicine  March 2020


Curricula assessed as Not Comparable

 
Country Qualification Last reviewed
Austria Diploma of General Practitioner October 2023
Belarus General Medicine specialist December 2023
Belgium Master of Family Medicine, Catholic University of Leuven April 2021
Belgium Master of General Practice, Vrije Universiteit Brussel November 2019
Brazil Primary Care Specialist, Federal University of Parana March 2022
Egypt Master Degree of Family Medicine February 2023
Germany Certification of Further Education in the Area of General Practice June 2020
Ghana Membership in Family Medicine (MGCP Family Medicine) May 2023
Iraq Arab Board of Health Specializations in Family Medicine April 2022
India Diplomate of National Board for the Practice of Family Medicine January 2021
India Post graduate diploma in Family Medicine, Christian Medical College June 2023
Kenya Masters of Family Medicine  July 2019
Latvia General Practice Specialty Qualification March 2020
Nepal Doctor of Medicine in General Practice and Emergency Medicine, B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Services  February 2022
Nigeria Fellowship of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria in Family Medicine  May 2020
Nigeria Member of the West African College of Physicians (Family Medicine) August 2023
Poland Specialist General Practice Qualification April 2021
Poland Specialization Program in Family Medicine, Jagiellonian University Medical College December 2022
Portugal Specialist in General Practice and Family Medicine July 2023
Serbia Doctor of Medicine (General Practice) September 2022
Sudan  Master of Family Medicine July 2022
Switzerland Postgraduate Training Diploma - General Practitioner January 2021
Turkey Family Medicine Specialist August 2022
USA Board Certified Family Medicine, American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians August 2022


Curricula not listed

If you hold the International Conjoint Fellowship of the RACGP (ICFRACGP) and you wish to apply for the PEP Specialist Stream, please email us at educationsupport@racgp.org.au for more information.

If your curriculum is not listed, your training curriculum has not been assessed against the RACGP Curriculum. Your curriculum must be assessed before you can apply for a comparability assessment.

To have your curriculum assessed, you must provide the following:

  1. An official copy of your specialist general practice college/training organisation/Medical Board training curriculum
  2. An official letter from your Training Organisation confirming:
    1. this is their curriculum;
    2. curriculum year;
    3. the specialist general practice qualification it leads to; and
    4. the year you obtained this qualification.

To support your curriculum comparison application, please also provide an official document from the college, training organisation or Medical Board that outlines their good medical practice guidelines and ethics.

If any of these documents are not in English, you must provide a copy of the original and an official English translation.

Please complete the interactive application form, print, sign and return all documents to the RACGP scanned by email to educationsupport@racgp.org.au

Curriculum assessments take up to 10 weeks to assess. Assessors will review your specialist colleges’ curriculum against the RACGP curriculum.


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 Request for curriculum comparison form (PDF 484 KB)

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