Pre-Employment Structured Clinical Interview (PESCI)
All IMGs progressing via the Standard Pathway to general medical registration and applying to Hospital and Health Services in Queensland for Principal House Officer (PHO)/Registrar positions in the following specialties for the first time are required to undergo a Pre-employment Structured Clinical Interview (PESCI):
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology
- Mental Health
- General Medicine
- General Surgery
IMGs already employed by a HHS in a Junior House Officer (JHO)/Senior House Officer (SHO) position and who are applying for a Principal House Officer (PHO) position in the above specialties must undertake a PESCI.
Please note: When an international medical graduate is being employed as a Principal House Officer (PHO) General, and they are required to work across any of the specialties listed above they will be required to undertake a PESCI.
International medical graduates who are basic trainees of their relevant specialty college; and may be referred to by the college or the hospital as a Registrar who are on the Standard Pathway to General medical registration and are, or will be, registered with the Medical Board of Australia as a Principal House Officer.
With effect 1 January 2016, CSDS in alignment with other PESCI providers across Australia, will be utilising a cost recovery model to recover costs incurred with the delivery of the PESCI program.
Details of cost recovery as follows:
- Face to face interviews conducted at CSDS - $2,000 +GST
- National video conference interviews (outside Queensland) - $2,650 +GST
- International video conference interviews - $3,000 +GST
Forms and futher information
Documentation has been developed to assist Hospital and Health Services with the PESCI process.
Frequently asked questions
- Can a General Practitioner holding limited registration request a PESCI?
No. The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) run PESCIs for General Practitioners. As from the 1 July 2016 please contact the Medical Board of Australia to check that you meet the Board’s requirements for registration before applying for a General Practice PESCI.
- If I have limited registration and I’m on the Competent Authority pathway do I have to sit a PESCI?
- If I have limited registration and I’m on the Specialist pathway do I have to sit a PESCI?
- If I have passed the Australian Medical Council exams part 1 and 2 and are eligible for general registration and have applied to the Medical Board for general registration do I need to sit a PESCI?
- If I have limited registration and have 'short term specified training' category of registration do I have to sit a PESCI?
- If I have limited registration and am eligible for general registration and the Medical Board requires me to do rotations do I have to sit a PESCI?
- If I have limited registration and I’m an Advanced Trainee do I have to sit a PESCI?
- It’s been over twelve months since I successfully sat a PESCI and I haven’t commenced in my Principal House Officer role, do I have to sit another PESCI?
Yes. Your successful outcome is valid for the referring Hospital and Health Service for a period of 12 months.
- I’m an Senior House Officer working in a Queensland Health hospital. I’ve been offered a Principal House Officer role, do I need to sit a PESCI?
Yes. The medical recruitment team at your hospital will submit a PESCI request on your behalf.
- I’m an Emergency Principal House Officer currently employed by Queensland Health and I’m changing specialties to General Medicine, do I need to sit a PESCI?