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Overview

Course scope

Scope

Supervised Practice + Fellowship Preparation

Course workload

Course workload

$200,000+ Yearly Salary Package

Delivery method

Delivery method

Online & In-person

Modules

No. of modules

Personal Support & Access to 8 Courses

Access duration

Access duration

4 Years of Guaranteed Paid Placement

Cost

Cost

$0.00 AUD

About the Programs

The Institute of Medical Education's IMG Training Programs are world-class training programs for International Medical Graduates wishing to pursue a career in medicine in Australia. Our Programs enable IMGs to build their medical knowledge and experience, develop competence and familiarity with the Australian health care system, and meet the requirements of the Australian Medical Council to ultimately achieve Specialist Registration with the Medical Board of Australia. To facilitate their transition into Australian medical practice, IMGs receive a competitive salary package as they are prepared for their RACGP Fellowship Examinations by IME. 

    Program Inclusions

    The IMG Training Programs include the following education and training components facilitated by the Institute of Medical Education and partnered Medical Centres:

    Guaranteed supervised position in an Australian General Practice

    $200,000+ salary package

    RACGP Fellowship Support Program Tuition Costs

    Organised Supervision in an Accredited General Practice

    One-on-One Support with IME's Academic Faculty

    Comprehensive Orientation to Australian Medical Practice

    Group Tutorials & Training Workshops

    Fellowship Exam Preparation

    Program Content

    The IMG Training Programs provide ongoing support for the first 4 years of an IMGs relocation to Australia, or until they are able to obtain Specialist Registration. 

    The Program enables IMGs to build their medical knowledge and experience, develop competence and familiarity with the Australian healthcare system, and practice safely in a paid supervised position in an Accredited Australian General Practice. 

    Once settled in their new role, IMGs will begin their preparation for RACGP Fellowship. IME will cover the cost of the RACGP Fellowship Support Program (FSP) for all students on our programs. We also provide access to 8 online courses to prepare IMGs for success in their Fellowship Examinations. In addition, all IMGs receive allocated supervision, one-on-one support from IME's academic faculty, comprehensive orientation, group tutorials and training workshops alongside comprehensive online training.

    The program includes access to the following courses:

    GP100 provides the groundwork for understanding all elements of the process of working in the Australian health care sector, discussing common challenges that are faced including employment hurdles, regulatory challenges, and the difficulties of the AMC Examination. Importantly, the course sets out strategies for overcoming these barriers and provides the IMG with guidance and a framework to navigate these challenges.

    The Essentials for Working as a Doctor in Australia (GP100) Course is prepared and delivered by Consultant-Level (Senior Medical Officer) doctors of IME's general practice division. These doctors are Australian-trained specialist medical practitioners with a minimum of 10-years clinical experience in the Australian health sector.

    This course consists of 3 Online Modules and provides the groundwork for understanding all elements of the process of working in the Australian health care sector, discusses common challenges that are faced including employment hurdles, regulatory challenges, and the difficulties of the AMC Examination.

    The Essentials for Orientation to Australian Medical Practice Course (GP101) is prepared and delivered by Consultant-Level (Senior Medical Officer) doctors of the IME's General Practice division. These doctors are Australian-trained specialist medical practitioners with a minimum of 10-years clinical experience in the Australian health sector.

    This course consists of 3 Online Modules and provides a structured and comprehensive orientation to the Australian healthcare system, Australian healthcare practice, relevant legislation and expected professional practice standards.

    The Foundations of Australian General Practice Course subject teaches medical knowledge and skills for the RACGP AKT and KFP exams. The course works through the RACGP Fellowship syllabus via examination of disease processes, presentation, clinical examination, diagnosis, investigation, and management.

    Week

    Module
    Week 1 Module 1 - Integument / Dermatology
    Week 2-3 Module 2 - Head and Neck / ENT
    Week 4-6 Module 3 - Nervous System / Neurology
    Week 7-9 Module 4 - Musculoskeletal / Orthopaedics / Rheumatology
    Week 10-12 Module 5 - Circulatory System / Heart/ Vessels
    Week 13-15 Module 6 - Respiratory System / Lungs/ Chest Wall
    Week 16 - 18 Module 7 - Gastrointestinal System / Abdomen / Abdominal Wall
    Week 19-20 Module 8 - Breast / Endocrine System
    Week 21-23 Module 9 - Female Reproductive System / Obstetrics & Gynaecology
    Week 24-25 Module 10 - Haemopoietic System / Haematology / Blood / Blood Products
    Week 26-28 Module 11 - Renal System / Urology / Male Reproductive System
    Week 29 Module 12 - Mental State / Intellectual Function / Behavioural Problems
    Week 30 Module 13 - Major Psychiatric Disorders / Drugs & Alcohol Abuse
    Week 31 - 32 Module 14 - Normal & Abnormal Growth & Development / Child Health / Paediatrics
    Week 33-34 Module 15 - Nutrition / Metabolism
    Week 35 Module 16 - Infectious Diseases
    Week 36 Module 17 - Clinical Pharmacology
    Week 37 Module 18 - Clinical Oncology
    Week 38 Module 19 - Clinical Immunology
    Week 39-40 Module 20 - Critical Care / Anaesthesia / Emergency Medicine
    Week 41-42 Module 21 - General Practice / Public Health

    The RACGP AKT Preparation Advanced Strategies Course includes 10 full-length AKT Trial Exams (total of 1500 MCQ’s) combining a mixture of question types including: 

    • Single best answer
    • Modified extended matching

     

    Based on knowledge built from foundation courses such as GP201, candidates will utilise problem-based learning strategies in the domains of:

    • Adult Health -Medicine
    • Adult Health – Surgery
    • Women’s Health
    • Child Health
    • Mental Health
    • Population Health & Ethics

    The RACGP KFP Preparation Advanced Strategies Course includes 10 full-length KFP Trial Exams (total of 260 Cases). 

    Based on knowledge built from foundation courses such as GP201, candidates will utilise problem-based learning strategies in the domains of:

    • Adult Health -Medicine
    • Adult Health – Surgery
    • Women’s Health
    • Child Health
    • Mental Health
    • Population Health & Ethics

     

    These clinical cases are reasoned within the context of the Australian primary health care system and candidates are directed by the academic faculty to further reading material that will consolidate knowledge in these areas.  By completing this course, candidates will gain knowledge in the areas of pathogenesis, clinical features, investigative findings, primary and differential diagnoses and management of disease.

    The overall objective of the RACGP CCE Online Bridging Course (GP204) is to provide GP Registrars with the complete clinical skills theory for the RACGP Fellowship Objective Clinical Competency Exam (CCE). This is achieved by completing the 40 comprehensive modules and clinical tutorials below.

    Week Module
    Week 1 Introduction to Medical History Taking
    Week 2 Clinical Communication Skills (1) - Core Communication Skills
    Week 3 Clinical Communication Skills (2) - History Taking
    Week 4 Clinical Communication Skills (2) - History Taking
    Week 5 Introduction to Physical Examination
    Week 6 Cardiovascular System (1) - History & Physical Examination
    Week 7 Cardiovascular System (2) - Diagnostic Formulation & Reasoning
    Week 8 Cardiovascular System (3) - Management / Counselling / Education 
    Week 9 Cardiovascular System (4) - Paediatric Counselling 
    Week 10 Respiratory System (1) - History & Physical Examination
    Week 11 Respiratory System (2) - Diagnostics Formulation & Reasoning
    Week 12 Respiratory System (3) - Management / Counselling / Education
    Week 13 Respiratory System (4) - Paediatric Considerations
    Week 14 Musculoskeletal System (1) -   History & Physical Examination
    Week 15 Musculoskeletal System (2) - Diagnostics Formulation & Reasoning
    Week 16 Musculoskeletal System (3) - Management / Counselling / Education
    Week 17 Musculoskeletal System (4) - Paediatric Considerations
    Week 18 Nervous System (1) -   History & Physical Examination
    Week 19 Nervous System (2) - Diagnostics Formulation & Reasoning
    Week 20 Nervous System (3) - Management / Counselling / Education
    Week 21 Nervous System (4) - Paediatric Considerations
    Week 22 Gastrointestinal System (1) - History & Physical Examination
    Week 23 Gastrointestinal System (2) - Diagnostics Formulation & Reasoning
    Week 24 Gastrointestinal System (3) - Management / Counselling / Education
    Week 25 Gastrointestinal System (4) - Paediatric Considerations
    Week 26 Surgery (1) - Core Topics in Plastic, Vascular & Thoracic Surgery
    Week 27 Surgery (2) - Core Topics in General, Intestinal & HPB Surgery
    Week 28 Surgery (3) - Core Topics in Breast & Endocrine Surgery
    Week 29 Urinary System
    Week 30 Endocrine System
    Week 31 Haematology System
    Week 32 Eyes / Ears / Nose / Throat
    Week 33 Women's Health (1) - History & Physical Examination
    Week 34 Women's Health (2) - Diagnostics Formulation & Reasoning
    Week 35 Women's Health (3) - Management / Counselling / Education
    Week 36 Women's Health (4) - Pregnancy Care
    Week 37 Mental Health (1) - History Taking
    Week 38 Mental Health (2) - Mental State Examination
    Week 39 Mental Health (3) - Diagnostics Formulation & Reasoning
    Week 40 Mental Health (4) - Management / Counselling / Education

    The RACGP CCE Preparation Advanced Strategies Course (GP205) includes 10 individual CCE exams, each with CCE case scenarios that includes assessment scoring criteria and model answers.  The course uses these CCE case-based scenarios to teach core principles, strategies and techniques for approaching the clinical presentation.  Scenarios are written in accordance with the core competencies as stated by the RACGP and are outlined below:

    • Communication and Rapport – This covers how candidates go about obtaining a patient’s history, explaining the problem and management, and negotiating agreement on the management plan. Candidates should be patient-centred, empathic and show  that they understand the patient’s concerns, ideas and expectations. The way the candidates ask questions makes a difference.
    • History taking – This is not random information gathering, but should be relevant and organised. It reveals clinical thinking. Candidates should learn to apply Murtagh’s safe diagnostic strategy: probability diagnosis, serious disorders, pitfalls, masquerades, and look for the hidden agenda.
    • Physical Examination – Candidates should be systematic and logical, and should also consider the patient’s comfort, and explain what they are doing, and communicate findings (positive and significant negative findings) to the examiner as they examine.
    • Investigations – These should be appropriate to the stage of presentation. Candidates should remember to consider office/surgery tests, and select relevant, cost-effective investigations in an appropriate sequence, displaying consideration for the safety and comfort of the patient. More is not better: consider what is most useful to discriminate between differential diagnoses. Will the result of this investigation change your management?
    • Diagnosis – Candidates may be asked to give a diagnosis, list differential diagnosis, or for a problem definition list. Remember the probability diagnosis and learn to prioritise any list.
    • Management – Candidates should determine whether they are being asked only for the initial management. If not, they should consider short-term and long-term management and patient support. Explaining the problem is more than using simple language and it is important to organise and prioritise information in order to avoid overwhelming the patient. Check the patient’s understanding and response to a proposed management plan and remember to safety-net.

    The RACGP Live Workshop is comprised of ten complete and representative CCE trial exams each with CCE case scenarios that includes assessment scoring criteria and model answers.  The course uses these CCE case-based scenarios to teach core principles, strategies and techniques for approaching the clinical presentations seen in the Fellowship CCE.

    The course is run as a completely representative trial RACGP Fellowship CCE featuring 14 stations each of either 8 or 19 minutes duration. The stations are designed to reflect the typical difficulty and spectrum of presentations seen in the real exam.  

    Partner Practices

    The Institute of Medical Education partners with Australian Medical Practices to be able to place IMGs in Accredited General Practices in Australia. Each medical practice is hand selected to ensure that IMGs are provided with exceptional supervisors, nursing support and administration assistance. 

    Accessing Online Modules

    Students are required to complete the following modules through the IME Online Learning Management System student portal. This Online LMS also provides students with various tools and advanced e-learning strategies to facilitate their learning. IMGs can access the above courses anytime, anywhere. 

    Entry requirements

    In order to be eligible for an IMG Training Program, IMGs must:

    1. Meet the Medical Board of Australia Registration Standards to obtain Limited or Provisional Registration
    2. Successful completion of Australian Medical Council (AMC) CAT-MCQ Examination*
    3. Completion of 12-month Internship

    *Candidates who have not yet completed the AMC MCQ CAT Examinations are able to apply for provisional entry into an IMG Training Program. Condition of acceptance is the successful completion of the AMC MCQ CAT Examination. Candidates should consider the AMC MCQ Exam Preparation Program (IMG300) which helps prepare IMGs for success in this examination.

    How to apply

    The Institute of Medical Education is now accepting expressions of interest for our new IMG Training Programs. To register your intent to apply, enter your details on the form below and a member of the IME team will contact you with the next steps!

     Register Your Interest

    Exit examination

    International Medical Graduates will continue on this program for a minimum of 4 years, or until the candidate obtains their RACGP Fellowship, and ultimately Specialist Registration. 

    IME Prepares candidates for success in their Fellowship Examinations by providing extensive exam preparation courses, as well as funding the cost of the RACGP Fellowship Support Program (worth approximately $20,000). 

    Once Specialist Registration has obtained, IMGs will be considered GP Specialists and have more freedom to practice and live in Australia. 

    Faculty

    This IME International course is designed by Specialist Doctors and Senior Lecturers from leading Australian University Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals. Minimum qualification standards include MBBS with specialist qualification and registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). All courses are delivered by experienced lecturers with proven success in the medical space. 

    Check My Eligibility

    Complete the form below to check your eligibility for our IMG Training Programs.