Australian medical exam and license for IMGS

 Doctors trying to excel in their career or to take up lucrative options abroad often face lack of guidance regarding the process and options available. Among the doctors from eastern countries, USA is most of the time the best bet and rightly so, as it offers one of the best training programs along with handsome pay and lifestyle most of the young graduates couldn’t achieve in their native countries, even in upcoming several years. Having said so, USA is not an option for every one, their visa policies along with the need for a residency match after passing USMLE with exceptional scores and the initial financial backing are not an option for most of the doctors in their struggling face of career. Rest assured there are multiple options for doctors in other developed countries and in this article we will explore Australia.

 


The health care system and training programs are at par with other developed countries like the USA, UK & Canada. Opportunities for foreign medical graduates are adequate for the right candidate, even doctors from UK and Ireland prefer working / relocating to Australia due to higher salary and comparatively less hectic work.

 

Australian medical exam for foreign medical graduates?

For most of the foreign medical graduates including Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Africa etc, the first step after getting the basic medical qualification is to pass the Australian licensing exam the AMC.

AMC consists of two parts:

1: Written ( CAT MCQ)

The AMC CAT MCQ Examination tests knowledge of general practice, internal medicine, paediatrics, psychiatry, surgery, and obstetrics and gynaecology.

The exam comprises 150 MCQs ( best of five) in a single 3.5 hour session

2: Practical OSCE based exam

This exam tests your clinical, counselling skills along with ethics

 

For FMGS aiming to move to Australia, this is the standard pathway, one of the several pathways to enter the Australian healthcare system.

AMC PART 1 exam can be given after graduating from the medical college e.g in house job, after passing the part 1 exam, there are two options either to proceed with the part 2 exam and get a full license registration and apply for the job.

Or clear part 1 and start a job directly that offers work place based assessment, this pathway of work place based assessment allows doctors working in select health facilities to start working after their part 1 exam and work in a supervised workplace for a year followed by workplace assessment, on a limited registration. After the one-year workplace based assessment is complete, the license is converted into a full license.

 

AMC exam and license fee

The charges for exams include EPIC credential verification charges, AMC portfolio charges, Part 1 and Part 2 exam fee and travelling expense.

 

Epic charges US $130 to setup an account followed by $ 100 for Basic medical qualification verification.

AMC Portfolio charges AUD $ 500

AMC CAT MCQ PART 1 : AUD$ 2750

AMC PART 2: AUD $ 3530

Workplace based assessment: AUD $650                      

 

AMC Exam venue for overseas FMGS

For Pakistani doctors there is currently no centre for exam in Pakistan, you will have to arrange visa and travel to Australia to appear in exam.

For updated list of test venues for other countries, visit here. http://www.vue.com/amc

 

AMC License registration:

Once the candidate has successfully passed the exam, there is an additional requirement of English language test e.g. OET / ILETS in order to proceed with license registration

 

How to prepare for AMC exam 2022

The AMC exam is a final year level knowledge exam, in order to pass this exam mcqs practice as well as some text review is required.

 

For a start, here are the recommended preparation resources for acing the AMC EXAM.

AMC MCQ – Handbook of multiple-choice questions

Anthology of multiple-choice questions

John Murtagh’s General Practice

Good medical practice

Guidelines for Preventive Activities in General Practice.

 

In addition to these standard resources, there are multiple AMC Q banks and preparation resources one can choose according to his/her style of study.

 

Specialization options in Australia after getting license:

Once the full license is secured, there are two options, either to continue with the regular hospital job or proceed with Family practice vs Specialization.

Similar to UK, for a residency position there are the Australian royal college exams that need to passed along-with a training position e.g. in Medicine, Surgery, Gyne, Peads Etc.

For those intending to pursue G.P practice, also lucrative option for the FMG’s, as it offers shorter duration of training and comparatively good financial return and work-life balance.

 


What are the other pathways for Australian license:

Competent Authority pathway

The Competent Authority pathway is for overseas-trained non-specialists but is also available to specialists, including general practitioners. This Pathway leads to public registration.

 

Specialist Pathway

The Specialist Pathway is for the following IMGs:

Overseas-trained specialists applying for assessment of comparability to the standard of a specialist trained in that specialty in Australia (specialist recognition), and

Overseas-trained specialists are used for an area of need specialist-level positions in Australia (location of the market).

IMGs apply directly to the specialist medical college for the Specialist Pathway.

 

Standard Pathway

The standard Pathway is generally for non-specialist IMGs seeking general registration in Australia who do not qualify for the Competent Authority Pathway.

There are 2 alternate processes leading to the AMC Certificate under this Pathway.

Standard Pathway (AMC examinations)

Traditional Pathway (workplace-based assessment)

 

Short-term training in a medical speciality pathway

The short-term training in a medical speciality pathway is for IMGs. They are overseas-trained specialists-in-training wishing to undertake a short period (usually up to 24 months) of specialist or advanced training in Australia.

This Pathway does not lead to registration as a specialist in Australia. IMGs seeking to qualify for specialist registration apply for registration via the specialist Pathway - specialist recognition

 

This is an overview of the Australian pathway for FMG’s, Australia is preferred option for most FMG’S because of early visa and permanent residency as well as higher pays and moderately hectic work routine. The community is also diverse and multicultural and becoming more tolerant of immigrants especially in larger cities.

 

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