2015

The Australian Medical Council welcomes new Office Bearers and Directors

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The Australian Medical Council’s response to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons’ (RACS) Report of the Expert Advisory Group on discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment

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The Directors of the Australian Medical Council grant accreditation to the Flinders University, School of Medicine’s medical programs to 31 March 2021

The Australian Medical Council is the national accreditation body for the medical profession. It has recently completed an assessment of the Flinders University, School of Medicine’s medical programs.

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The Directors of the Australian Medical Council confirm the accreditation of the University of Adelaide, Faculty of Health Sciences’ medical program to 31 March 2018

The Australian Medical Council is the national accreditation body for the medical profession. It has recently completed an assessment of the University of Adelaide, Faculty of Health Sciences’ medical program.

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The Directors of the Australian Medical Council grant accreditation to the Griffith University, School of Medicine’s medical programs to 31 March 2021

The Australian Medical Council is the national accreditation body for the medical profession. It has recently completed an assessment of the Griffith University, School of Medicine’s medical programs.

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AMC Accreditation Update of Specialist Medical Colleges: June 2015

The Australian Medical Council (AMC) has recently completed a number of accreditation assessments of training programs for medical specialists.

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The Directors of the Australian Medical Council confirm the accreditation of the University of Queensland, School of Medicine’s medical programs to 31 March 2017

The Australian Medical Council is the national accreditation body for the medical profession. It has recently completed an assessment of the University of Queensland, School of Medicine’s medical programs.

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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.

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.

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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.

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