ACT Public Holiday - 6 October 2014
Monday 6th October 2014 is a public holiday in Canberra, and the Australian Medical Council office will be closed for the day.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 14:12
 
Stakeholder consultation on the review of the Pre-employment Structured Clinical Interview (PESCI) Guidelines – update August 2014

The Australian Medical Council consulted on the review of the guidelines and approval criteria for the Pre-employment Structured Clinical Interviews (PESCI) earlier this year and is grateful for the stakeholder contribution to this review.

The AMC received comments on the revisions from 18 organisations and individuals. The feedback indicated overall support for the proposed revisions and the division of the document into Part A: PESCI Guidelines and Part B: Criteria for approval of PESCI providers with further reordering and expansion of the approval criteria.

In addition to clarifying wording where feedback suggested this was required, the AMC has made further changes as a result of the feedback including:

  • In the PESCI Guidelines:
    • Replacing the risk matrix included in the previous guidelines with notes on the factors to consider in determining the degree of risk of a position
    • Expanding section 4 of the guidelines which indicate when a PESCI is required and removing section 5 on when a PESCI is not required
    • In section 6, adding additional information on the Medical Board of Australia’s responsibilities.

  • In the Criteria for AMC approval of PESCI providers:
    • Specifying that a minimum of four clinical scenarios are included in the PESCI
    • Emphasising that the interviews should explore performance and capacity not only knowledge
    • Addressing questions about supervision guidelines by referring to Medical Board of Australia guidelines.
    • Increasing the timeframe for PESCI providers to return feedback reports to applicants from 7 to 14 days.
    • Streamlining the requirements for annual reports from approved PESCI providers to the AMC.

As this review has been the joint work of the AMC and the Medical Board of Australia, the AMC has submitted a revised version of the Pre-employment Structured Clinical Interview Guidelines and Criteria for AMC approval of PESCI providers to the Medical Board of Australia for its approval. The revised guidelines and procedures together with the PESCI report to the Medical Board of Australia and the PESCI Outcome report to the interviewee will be placed on the AMC website when these processes are complete. The new guidelines and approval criteria will apply from 1 January 2015.

The AMC is developing a schedule for progress reporting for providers which will provide information on the date for the first annual progress report and the annual reporting requirements. The matters to be addressed in the report are outlined in the Approval Criteria (Part B of the document).

Once the Pre-employment Structured Clinical Interview Guidelines and Criteria for AMC approval of PESCI providers and templates are finalised they will be circulated to stakeholders and placed on this website. The AMC will correspond separately with providers to set progress reporting schedules and to provide a template for progress reporting.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 September 2014 10:37
 
AMC launches website for delivering workplace-based assessment resources

In Australia and internationally there is a growing interest in the use of workplace-based assessment to assess clinical skills and competence. With the support of the Australian Government Department of Health, the AMC has developed a website to deliver WBA resources for a variety of users: assessors, candidates, WBA program providers, health education institutions and training and development teams. The WBAonline website will help AMC-accredited providers of WBA programs to improve and standardise their programs and give AMC candidates a very clear picture of what to expect when undertaking those programs.

See the website at wbaonline.amc.org.au.

Download the full media release (PDF 299KB).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 14:50
 
AMC seeking feedback on national intern assessment processes

In January 2014, a new national framework for medical internship took effect. This framework includes a national registration standard on granting general registration to Australian and New Zealand medical graduates on completion of internship (http://www.medicalboard.gov.au/Registration-Standards.aspx) as well as national standards, guidelines and forms on intern training.

A new national assessment process for interns is part of this framework. The process includes national guidelines, Intern training – Assessing and certifying completion and a nationally available term assessment form Intern training – Term assessment form.

These documents have been available to use in intern assessment and remediation processes since the beginning of 2014. The AMC is evaluating the national assessment process to help improve the guidelines and term assessment form for 2015. The evaluation process will include an online survey which will be distributed to health services in June 2014.

The AMC particularly encourages early adopters of the new term assessment form to participate in this evaluation. More information is provided here.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 15:54
 
Stakeholder consultation on the review of the Pre-employment Structured Clinical Interview (PESCI) Guidelines

The Australian Medical Council (AMC) stakeholder consultation on the review of the guidelines for pre-employment structured clinical interview (PESCI) is now closed. Thank you to stakeholders who have provided comments.

The AMC is reviewing the feedback received, and will be making some additional changes to the revised guidelines as a result. The AMC expects to communicate further with stakeholders as it reviews the feedback, and now anticipates that the revised guidelines will be in place from January 2015. We expect the revised guidelines to be considered by the Prevocational Standards Accreditation Committee at its August 2014 meeting.

 
Review of the Pre-employment Structured Clinical Interview (PESCI) Guidelines

Stakeholder consultation

The Australian Medical Council is reviewing the guidelines for Pre-employment Structured Clinical Interviews (PESCI) and is seeking stakeholder feedback on the proposed revisions.

The PESCI Guidelines were last revised in 2008. In 2014, the AMC is proposing minor changes to the Guidelines regarding wording and to enhance the requirements for annual reporting.

Information for stakeholders on the consultation is here (PDF, 554kb).

The draft revised Pre-employment Structured Clinical Interview Guidelines and Criteria for approval of PESCI providers are here (Microsoft Word, 130kb).

If required for reference, the current AMC PESCI Guidelines (2008) are available here (PDF, 45kb). This version is marked-up to reflect the changes proposed with the 2014 review.

Feedback is also requested on two draft PESCI reporting templates. Information on these templates is available here (PDF 474kb). The templates are PESCI report to the Medical Board of Australia (PDF 301kb) and Outcome report to the interviewee (PDF 251kb).

This consultation will run until 28 April 2014.

Please provide your comments on the PESCI Guidelines either by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by mail to:

AMC Accreditation Section (PESCI Guidelines)
PO Box 4810
Kingston ACT 2604
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 15:14
 
Changes to the specialist pathway for international medical graduates

(Effective from 1 July 2014)

The Medical Board of Australia (the Board) is making changes to the specialist pathway for international medical graduates (IMGs) recognised as specialists in their country of origin. The changes are aimed at streamlining the assessment process for IMGs. The specialist pathway includes specialist recognition (comparability assessment) and assessment for suitability for an Area of Need position.

Under the changes, instead of submitting an application form to the AMC, the IMG will apply directly to the relevant specialist medical college on a college specific application form (which will be available on each college website).

The specialist medical college dealing with the assessment will contact the IMG directly to advise the outcome of the assessment.

The AMC will continue to undertake primary source verification of an IMG’s qualifications through the ECFMG International Credentials Services (EICS).  Applicants applying via the specialist pathway will be required to lodge an application for primary source verification via the AMC prior to lodging their application to the relevant college. 

The changes commence on 1 July 2014. 

Any new applications sent to the AMC after 1 July 2014 will be returned to the applicant to re-submit directly to the relevant specialist medical college using the college application form.

Further information will be available on this website in the coming months.

 
Changes to the competent authority pathway for international medical graduates

(Effective from 1 July 2014)

The Medical Board of Australia (the Board) is making changes to the competent authority pathway for international medical graduates (IMGs). The changes are aimed at streamlining the assessment process for IMGs.

Under the changes, instead of submitting an application form to the AMC for an Advanced Standing Certificate, the IMG will apply directly to the Board for provisional registration. An application for an Advanced Standing Certificate will no longer be necessary.

The AMC will continue to undertake primary source verification of an IMG’s qualifications through the ECFMG International Credentials Services (EICS). Applicants applying via the competent authority pathway will be required to lodge an application for primary source verification via the AMC prior to lodging their application for provisional registration with the Board.

The changes commence on 1 July 2014.

IMGs who currently hold limited registration via the competent authority pathway will not be affected by the changes.

Any new applications for an Advanced Standing Certificate sent to the AMC after 1 July 2014 will be returned to the applicant to re-submit directly to the Board using the Board’s application form.

Further information will be available on this website in the coming months.

 
Board and AMC launch new intern framework

The Medical Board of Australia and the Australian Medical Council have finalised a national framework for medical internship, being implemented in 2014.

The new framework marks a major step towards national consistency in intern training and was made possible by the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.

Download the full media release (PDF 210KB).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 09:41
 
AMC CAT MCQ Examinations, Auckland: Rescheduling

From March to August 2014, the Cliftons Auckland venue (45 Queen Street) will be closed on weekends due to ongoing refurbishment work. Therefore, candidates scheduled to sit the CAT MCQ examination at that venue in those months will have to be rescheduled to the Friday immediately preceding their currently scheduled examination date. The venue will not change.

Affected candidates will be contacted by a Pearson VUE representative to arrange the alternative day. If you have any concerns or would like more information, please contact the AMC MCQ section by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or calling +61 2 6270 7878 (Option 3).

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014 09:09
 
AMC 2013 in review

In 2013, the AMC continued with solid work programs in its accreditation of medical programs and assessment of international medical graduates, as well as with significant new developments in both areas. The AMC also had a significant focus on review of its operations.

Highlights of the year included:
  • being reappointed as the accreditation authority for the medical profession under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law
  • receiving recognition of the importance of the AMC's work in promoting high standards of medical practice and protecting patients from unsafe care from an independent international panel
  • opening Australia's first national medical test centre
  • developing a national framework for the intern year.

Download the AMC's 2013 annual activity statement (PDF 520KB).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 15:08
 
Primary source verification applications for registration purposes

All international medical graduates applying for Medical Board of Australia registration or imminent for registration renewal, and advised by AHPRA to apply for primary source verification of their qualification/s must take note that ECFMG requires at least 10 working days for the processing and issuing of an EICS number. This process cannot be expedited.

Please ensure primary source verification applications are submitted to allow for the assessment and EICS verification processes to be completed in a timely manner.

Download the primary source verification form. (PDF 392 KB)

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 13:45
 
Review of the Accreditation Standards for Specialist Medical Education and Continuing Professional Development Programs

Stakeholder consultation

The Australian Medical Council (AMC) is beginning a review of the approved accreditation standards for specialist medical education and continuing professional development programs. The AMC is now seeking stakeholder comment on the scope of the review. The consultation will run until 4 October 2013.

Once feedback has been received, the AMC will establish a working party to undertake the detailed review of the standards. The AMC will consult stakeholders again when it has proposals for change to the standards.

Please provide your comments on the proposed scope of the review either by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by mail to:

AMC Accreditation Section (Standards Review)
PO Box 4810
Kingston ACT 2604

Download the information document on the proposed scope of the AMC review of the accreditation standards (PDF 320KB).

Last Updated on Monday, 26 August 2013 11:29
 
Update on AMC Workplace-Based Assessment – ‘Beyond the Pilot’

On 6–7 June 2013 the Australian Medical Council, with the assistance of the Department of Health and Ageing, hosted a workplace-based assessment workshop, attended by over 60 accredited providers, candidates and interested stakeholders.

This national workshop confirmed the value of the AMC workplace-based assessment program, while promoting the sharing of innovative ideas to further strengthen the WBA program.

For enquires please write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . This email address is not able to answer individual candidate questions.

View the full set of WBA workshop presentations shown at the conference.

Download the full media release (PDF 485KB)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 10:02
 
AMC opens Australia's first national medical test centre

Australian patients are poised to reap the benefits of a new, state-of-the-art examination test centre for international medical graduates (IMGs).

The National Test Centre is the only one of its kind in Australia and one of only a handful of facilities like it worldwide. It will enable the assessment of IMGs’ clinical skills, using the latest technology and best practices, outside teaching hospitals.

Download the full media release. (PDF 424KB)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 17:42
 
AMC initiative to return candidate application documents

To assist international medical graduates (IMGs) to deal with documentary evidence obligations for multiple agencies, the AMC has streamlined its processes for handling and electronically capturing documents.

Once the AMC has assessed an application (with all required supporting documentation) as complete, it will retain an electronic copy of the documentation. It will then either return the documentation to the applicant or securely destroy it, depending on which option the applicant nominated in their application.

By improving administrative efficiency and reducing the need for IMGs to duplicate documentation for multiple agencies, this initiative addresses comments in Lost in the Labyrinth, the report by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health and Ageing on its inquiry into registration processes and support for overseas-trained doctors.

All IMGs who submitted applications from 1 January 2013 will be able to choose to have their documents returned or securely destroyed.

 
2012 Annual Report

The Annual Report of the Australian Medical Council (AMC) provides detailed reports on the operations and activities of the AMC.

The full Annual Report is available for download: Annual Report 2012 (PDF).

 
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