Short-term specialist training

Short-term Training in a Medical Specialty (STT) is a pathway that allows international medical graduates (IMGs) who are qualified specialists or specialists-in-training to undertake up to 24 months of training in a specialty area in Australia.

The STT pathway is appropriate for IMGs who intend to complete a short period of training in Australia (of up to 24 months) and return to their country of practice once their training ends.

Short-term training in a medical specialty is not accredited by the RACP and doesn't lead to Fellowship of the College or specialist recognition in Australia. Additionally, support provided for this pathway doesn't relate to eligibility to join an RACP training program.


To practise in Australia for longer than 24 months involves a different registration pathway. For more information on alternative pathways, contact the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

To become a physician in Australia, you should apply to join an RACP training program.

If you’re already qualified as a specialist in your country of training, you can become accredited to practise in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand.


In line with the Medical Board of Australia’s (MBA) guidelines for short-term training, the pathway is available to IMGs who are applying for limited registration for postgraduate training or supervised practice and:

  1. are recognised as qualified specialists in another country outside Australia, or
  2. are specialists-in-training outside of Australia who:
    1. are likely to be no more than 2 years away from completing their specialist training 
    2. have passed a basic specialist examination or have satisfactorily completed substantial training (generally 3 or more years, such as PGY 5).

Our short-term training in a medical specialty pathway also promotes opportunities for exchange fellowships.

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