Graduates who take and pass the required exams for licensure/registration and complete an internship/residency in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Samoa, the United States, or other jurisdictions are qualified to practice medicine in those countries. All applicants are encouraged to research requirements in the locations in which they may wish to practice, to understand the licensing and registration requirements for international medical graduates in that region. Please speak with your Admissions Counselor about specific requirements and possible limitations.
Being eligible to practice in a foreign medical school’s home country helps meet US licensing requirements in some states. Students and prospective students are advised to check with their respective state licensing boards for specific information.
US Residency Program
OUM students who have completed USMLE Steps and 1 and 2 may apply for US residency programs through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and National Residency Match Program (NRMP). Certification from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) is a requirement to begin a residency and obtain a medical license in many US states.
Practicing in Samoa
OUM’s Samoan scholarship recipients are required to serve the country’s health system for five years following their medical training. Citizens from other countries wishing to practice medicine in Samoa must meet the country’s immigration requirements and successfully apply to the Samoan Ministry of Health.
Practicing in Australia
For registration purposes, graduates from Oceania University of Medicine are regarded as International Medical Graduates (IMGs) in Australia and must follow a strictly prescribed pathway to medical registration (termed the Standard Pathway). The Australian Medical Council (AMC) is the country’s verification authority and is responsible for auditing a registration applicant’s qualifications. For more detailed information, visit the AMC website at https://www.amc.org.au/assessment/amc-portfolio/.