Australian Medical Council
The Australian Medical Council (AMC) is an independent national standards and assessment body for medical education and training.
The purpose of the AMC is:
- "To ensure that standards of education, training and assessment of the medical profession promote and protect the health of the Australian community."
The AMC's major functions include:
- accrediting medical education and training providers and their programs
- developing standards, policies and procedures for the accreditation of medical programs and for the assessment of international medical graduates seeking registration in Australia
- assessing the knowledge, clinical skills and professional attributes of overseas qualified medical practitioners seeking registration in medicine under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law
- assessing the case for recognition of medical specialties
- giving advice and making recommendations to federal, state and territory governments and agencies, including medical regulatory authorities, in relation to
- accreditation and accreditation standards for the medical profession
- the registration of medical practitioners
- the assessment and recognition of overseas qualifications of medical practitioners
- the recognition of medical specialties.
AMC certification is required for international medical graduates (IMGs) who wish to be licensed in Australia. To achieve AMC certification, an IMG must sit for a series of exams, including the AMC MCQ Exam and AMC Clinical exam. AMC MCQ Exam consists of 150 MCQs organized through computer adaptive scoring. For AMC clinical exam, a candidate is required to pass 12 out of 16 cases including one compulsory case in each of gynecology and pediatrics.
The AMC MCQ exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions delivered in one 3.5 hour session. It has no clear cut-off for passing, since some candidates may be administered difficult questions whilst others may be administered easier questions.
- "Assessments & examinations: Standard pathway". Australian Medical Council. 27 February 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
- "AMC CAT MCQ Examination". Australian Medical Council. 28 February 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
- MCQ Examination Specifications Booklet. Australian Medical Council. March 2011. ISBN 978-1-938182-07-5. Retrieved 2014-08-24.
- Australian Medical Council
- Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
- Medical Board of Australia
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