Internship and professional registration

Registering to practice in Australia

Following the successful completion of the Medical Program, graduates will be awarded a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from the University of Sydney.

Graduates then enter the medical workforce, primarily in the major public teaching hospitals, and complete a 1-year internship program.

It is only on the successful completion of this internship that junior doctors are eligible to receive full registration with the State Medical Board or Council.

In general, registration in one state of Australia entitles the doctor to registration in other states.

Most junior doctors undertake an additional year of hospital training before commencing postgraduate medical training leading to specialisation.
Specialist medical training is carried out by the relevant specialty medical college in conjunction with the state public health system.

This training is not conducted by universities. Contact details of the specialist medical colleges are available from the AMC website

In Australia, State Health Departments are responsible for the funding of, and placement of students for, internships.
Internships are therefore determined by the relevant State Health Departments, not universities.

These Departments have made it clear that no student is guaranteed an internship upon graduation from a medical program.

Please visit the NSW Institute of Medical Education and Training's website for any updates.

Australian-trained international medical graduates may stay on and work as interns in public hospitals and access vocational medical training.

This policy however is subject to change.

Australian-trained international students should check the current situation at the: Department of Immigration and Citizenship > Permanent Visa Options for Doctors or contact the department for details.

Registering to practice in countries outside Australia


International graduates wishing to register in their home country or graduates wishing to practice medicine in countries other than Australia must satisfy that country's requirements for foreign medical graduates.

International students must contact professional medical associations in their home country to determine requirements to practice.
Some preliminary details are provided below:

Canada

Graduates of the Sydney Medical Program are eligible to take the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Exam (MCCEE) for International Medical Graduates (IMG).

For information and to register, please refer to the:

Medical Council of Canada website

Malaysia

The Sydney Medical Program is recognised by the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC).

The requirements for registration will vary depending on whether or not you hold Malaysian citizenship.

For further information please refer to:

The Malaysian Medical Council website

New Zealand

The Sydney Medical Program is recognised by the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ).

Graduates from the University of Sydney who have completed their internship in New Zealand or Australia are eligible for general registration.

For further information please refer to the:

Medical Council of New Zealand website

Singapore

The Sydney Medical Program is recognised by the Singapore Medical Council (SMC).

Graduates are eligible for conditional registration in the first instance.

For further information please refer to the:

Singapore Medical Council website

South Africa

The Sydney Medical Program is recognised by the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

Any graduate wishing to practice medicine in South Africa must apply for registration with the Health Professions Council of SA.

The requirements for registration will vary depending on whether or not you hold South African citizenship.

See the Guidelines for Application (PDF).

For further information refer to

the Health Professions Council of South Africa website and the Department of Health Foreign Workforce Management Program.

Information about placement in rural hospitals in South Africa is available from the Rural Health Initiative.

United Kingdom

The General Medical Council (GMC) oversees the registration of doctors in the United Kingdom.

IMG may be eligible for limited registration in the first instance.

Further information should be sought from the:

General Medical Council website

United States of America

To practice medicine in the USA all medical students are required to take the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).

There are three parts to this test.

  • Step 1 is the medical knowledge section and may be taken after completing the second year of basic medical studies
  • Step 2 is a written clinical knowledge assessment and a standard patient clinical skills assessment that must be passed prior to beginning a residency program.
    Most students take Step 2 during their internship or first post-graduate training year
  • Step 3 is the post-graduate clinical skills assessment

Graduates of the Sydney Medical Program are eligible to take the USMLE to be granted a license to practice medicine in the USA.

For more information please refer to the:

USMLE website