PESCI: Pre – Employment Structured Clinical Interview (PESCI)

Why an interview is required

As a result of the Council of Australian Governments International Medical Graduates assessment initiative, every international medical graduate (IMG) applying for registration via the Standard or Competent Authority Pathway in Australia is required to attend a pre-employment structured clinical interview (PESCI). In line with this expectation, the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) have agreed to implement PESCIs as a mandatory pre-requisite for IMGs seeking registration in Australia to practice in any of the following roles:

  • General practice
  • All non-specialist positions in private hospital facilities
  • Senior medical officers
  • Medical officers (with or without right of private practice)
  • Medical superintendents (with or without right of private practice)

The PESCI consists of 3 – 5 clinical scenario questions which are asked to assess your knowledge, skills and experience to practice safely and effectively in the position you are seeking registration with. The interview will last approximately 1.5 hours.

If you are currently living overseas your may choose to have your PESCI conducted via video conference with the accredited PESCI facilitator or you may travel to Australia to undertake the PESCI in person. By travelling to Australia to undertake the PESCI in person, we can also arrange for you to visit the practice and spend some time observing at the practice prior to your PESCI. (You will be responsible for all costs relating to your travel needs).

Once you have secured and confirmed a date for your PESCI, Trust Medical Recruitment will be able to provide you with a PESCI preparation kit to assist you with your studies.

We wish you all the best with your study preparations!