Clinical Assessment Information


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All International Medical Graduates (IMGs) who accept a recommended pathway to Fellowship will be required to undertake a period of up to 24 months (full-time equivalent) of clinical assessment of their surgical practice under supervision and in accordance to Medical Board of Australia (MBA) Guidelines: Supervised Practice for IMGs. This is referred to the clinical assessment period.

The purpose of the clinical assessment period is:

  • to familiarise the IMG with surgical practice in Australia
  • facilitate assessment of practice performance
  • address any deficiencies
  • to confirm that the IMG has the skills and attributes to an Australian or New Zealand trained surgeon
  • to confirm the recommendations of the assessment

The duration of the clinical assessment period will be determined following the face-to-face interview with RACS.

To commence your clinical assessment period, you must submit a IMG Post Description Form (IPDF) for consideration. The IPDF must be submitted in the RACS format and be signed by the IMG and their nominated clinical assessors. You must also submit a signed copy of the IMG Agreement policy. Please ensure you have read the RACS IMG Assessment Post Accreditation policy prior to completing the IPDF.

The specialty board overseeing your assessment will undertake a review of the hospital position and confirm the suitability of the clinical assessors to undertake your clinical assessment.  Once the College has approved the hospital position, the clinical assessment period will formally commence (subject to the College's standardised three monthly reporting periods) and you have four years to complete the requirements for Fellowship.  Please be aware that in some instances the proposed position may only be approved for part of the clinical assessment period.

For the duration of your clinical assessment you will be required to meet quarterly with your clinical assessors for a performance review. Your clinical assessors are there to provide meaningful feedback on your clinical performance and your progress towards being ready to sit the Fellowship Examination (if applicable). Therefore, it is important that you are honest in your reflections on performance and deal openly with identified issues so that you can improve your performance.

You will need to organise a meeting with each of your clinical assessors, separately. You and the clinical assessor will review your logbook data via MALT (Morbidity Audit and Logbooks Tool) and each clinical assessor will complete the progress report. You are both required to sign the reports.

In addition to undertaking quarterly (3-monthly) performance reviews, you will be required to undertake the following online assessment tools during your period of clinical assessment:

  • 6 monthly Multi-Source Feedback (eMSF)
  • 3 monthly Direct Observation of Procedural Skills (DOPS) and
  • 3 monthly Mini Clinical Examinations (Mini-Cex) assessments

All the relevant forms pertaining to your clinical assessment can be found at this link.

Throughout your clinical assessment period you will be required to comply with the College's requirements as outlined in the Professional Development Opportunities for IMGs policy.

If you have completed your designated period of clinical assessment but have not yet attained fellowship, you must register for Maintenance of Professional Standards (MOPS) program in January of the year following completion of your clinical assessment.  You must remain in this program until Fellowship is attained or your pathway to Fellowship ceases.

For further information on the clinical assessment period please read the following policy and guidelines

  • Assessment of Clinical Practice of IMGs in Australia policy
  • A Guide for Partially Comparable IMG surgeons undergoing clinical assessment
  • A Guide for Substantially Comparable IMG surgeons undergoing clinical assessment


Frequently Asked Questions or email

 Information on fees associated with clinical assessment period can be found at this link.