In order to be considered eligible to apply to enter the OTS pathway, applicants will be assessed on the following questions;
After the College receives an application, the OTS Committee conducts an initial paper based assessment
to determine if an applicant is suitable for a face-to-face interview.
If an applicant is deemed suitable, an interview will be organised. The interview panel is made up of members of the OTS 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 New Zealand. 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 OTS Committee at the next scheduled Committee meeting. The OTS 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 OTS pathway.
The OTS 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.
There are three interview rounds per year and the dates of these in 2020 are as follows:
Outcome of OTS assessments by the College of Intensive Care Medicine
Overseas Trained Specialists FAQs
The OTS pathway is for medical practitioners who have already completed specialist training and examination requirements in a country outside of Australia and New Zealand.
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 Justice of the Peace certified copies.
Applicants are also required to provide evidence of registration and practice as an intensive care specialist in their country of training.
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 OTS 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.
It is highly likely that completion of a College examination is required.
The OTS Committee may recommend entry to the program via the standard training pathway.
The OTS 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.