AMC

About AMC

The Australian Medical Council (AMC) administers the national examinations of overseas trained medical practitioners who are willing to practise their medical profession in Australia. It is an independent national standardising body for medical education and training.
 
As most foreign trained doctors have medical qualifications not recognised in Australia. Thus they must gain eligibility by passing the AMC examinations. There after they are required to work as an intern in any Australian accredited hospital, completing a year of supervised training approved by the relevant State Medical Board. Afterwards, they can obtain their general registration as a medical practitioner in Australia.
 
Doing the AMC exam is essential for any OTD (Overseas Trained Doctor) who wants to find work in Australia as a doctor. AMC MCQ exam is held multiple times per year, testing sites occurring in Australia and even outside of Australia. The range of topics covered in the MCQ examination is based on the clinical curriculum of Australian medical schools with an emphasis on commonly found diseases in Australia. AMC exams are formulated as a comprehensive test of medical knowledge, clinical competency and performance for overseas trained doctors (OTD) to be competent with the standards of Australian medical system.
 

Eligibilty

You can apply AMC examination under the Standard Pathway if you meet the following requirements:

  • You completed your primary qualification at a training institution listed in the International Medical Education Directory (IMED) of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER).
  • You were issued with a final or provisional primary qualification by your training institution.

 
IMED lists international medical schools that are recognised by the appropriate government agency in the countries where they are located.
 
You should check that your training institution is listed in IMED by accessing the FAIMER website (www.faimer.org).

 

AMC Examination Format

The AMC examinations are set at the level of attainment of medical knowledge, clinical skills and attitudes required in a newly qualified graduates of Australian medical schools who are about to begin intern training. They consist of a computer adaptive test (CAT) multiple-choice question (MCQ) examination and a clinical examination:
 
The AMC CAT MCQ Examination tests knowledge of the principles and practice of medicine in the fields of general practice, internal medicine, paediatrics, psychiatry, surgery, and obstetrics and gynaecology. It focuses on essential medical knowledge involving understanding of the disease process; clinical examination and diagnosis; and investigation, therapy and management. The AMC Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) MCQ Examination is delivered in one 3.5 hour session in examination centres worldwide. The examination consists of 150 A-type MCQs—120 scored items and 30 (non-scored) pilot items. The candidates are expected to complete all 150 items and must complete the 120 scored items.

  • The AMC Clinical Examination assesses clinical skills in medicine, surgery, obstetrics, gynaecology, paediatrics and psychiatry. It also assesses ability to communicate with patients, their families and other health workers.
  • The AMC Clinical Examination assesses clinical skills in medicine, surgery, obstetrics, gynaecology, paediatrics and psychiatry. It also assesses ability to communicate with patients, their families and other health workers.

 
A brief summary of how a candidate can follow a designed pathway to apply for the AMC examination:

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