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    How hard is it to get licensed to practice medicine in Austarlia?

    If I am a fully licensed physician in the USA what would I have to do to be able to practice medicine in Australia? Do I have to retake board exams or do the USMLE's transfer over or can be used as an equivalence? What about residency, do I have to redo a residency or will my US residency training count as an equivalent to an Australian residency?

    I want to move to Australia for a few years just to experience the culture.


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    If your an international student who has graduated from an Australian school, they will give you oppotunities. You will most likely recieve a residency.

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    There is a chance if you went to an Australian medical school that you might be able to practice there but that is not guaranteed either. Generally speaking the numbers of students entering medicine in Australia has doubled while internship spots have remained stagnant, in the near future it will be very difficult to stay in Australia unless you have PR, and then again you might wind up in rural area that local students snubbed. These schools are not a back up for US rejects, in fact, the MCATs for most accepted students is usually a 30 or higher.

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    great discussion guys. I personally would not mind working in a rural area. I have lived in relative small cities my whole life, and I really like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WendyMBBS View Post
    There is a chance if you went to an Australian medical school that you might be able to practice there but that is not guaranteed either. Generally speaking the numbers of students entering medicine in Australia has doubled while internship spots have remained stagnant, in the near future it will be very difficult to stay in Australia unless you have PR, and then again you might wind up in rural area that local students snubbed. These schools are not a back up for US rejects, in fact, the MCATs for most accepted students is usually a 30 or higher.
    Well, the same trend is playing out in the American system as well, especially low-tier D.O and off-shore schools catering to the US...

    How hard exactly would it be to qualify for PR if you're a third or fourth year medical student in an Australian school? What would you have to do to qualify, short of marrying an Australian? I understand that being an intern will award you the requisite number of points, but suppose you try to apply while you're still a student (late 4th yr, to avoid the whole being kicked out for no longer qualifying for an international FFP spot) Anything you can do to increase your chances? Buy property? Work part time? Possess a degree?
    Last edited by amakhosidlo; 04-05-2009 at 12:38 AM.

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    There are many ways to apply for a PR. An investment Visa for example requires investing a certain amount of funds in Australia.

    As for getting kicked out...if you pick a school where there are usually a few failures every year there will be spots to transfer over to a CSP. In my school for example I knew several students who got PRs using previous degrees that got CSP places. Picking a school wisely is the key though. Don't just accept your first offer...and visit the school/country before making any choices.

    What's a $1500 flight compared to a 200k investment?

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    I found this comment informative and just so people may we only believe the linguist after we have heard the chief speaks. thank you very much. Lyndal.

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    Very useful information for foreign students.

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    i also was wondering how hard it is to be allowed to practice in Australia.

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    Yeap, I agree with the guys above, that Australia has its own "rules" concerning medicine. So be ready and wish you good luck!

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