Australian Medical Council

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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.[1] 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.[2] The pass mark is set to match the level of knowledge required by Australian medical schools for their final-year graduates.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Assessments & examinations: Standard pathway". Australian Medical Council. 27 February 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "AMC CAT MCQ Examination". Australian Medical Council. 28 February 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "MCQ Examination Specifications Booklet". Australian Medical Council. March 2011. ISBN 978-1-938182-07-5. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 

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