Clinical Examination format

The AMC clinical examination is an integrated multidisciplinary structured clinical assessment consisting of a 16-component multi station assessment, including three women's health stations and three child health stations.

A retest (additional pass/fail assessment) for candidates with marginal performance will be offered at the next available opportunity.

Candidates will rotate through a series of 20 stations, 16 of which will be assessed, and will undertake a variety of clinical tasks. All candidates in a clinical examination session will be assessed against the same stations.

Rest stations will not be scored, but will provide candidates with an opportunity to have a break between the assessed stations. There are four rest stations in addition to the 16 assessed stations.

Assessment criteria

Stations assess clinical skills in medicine, surgery, child health, women’s health, general practice and mental health. Scoring will be structured, with individual aspects of each station specified under the following broad headings:

  • History taking
  • Examination
  • Diagnostic formulation
  • Management/counselling/education

The structured clinical assessment will make use of examiners from all disciplines.

In the station

Each station will be of 10 minutes duration (including two minutes reading time, and eight minutes for the assessment).

One examiner will be involved in each assessed station.

  • Stations may use real patients, standardised (role-playing) patients, or video patient presentations.
  • Models and other relevant equipment or material such as prescription pads or charts may also be used in the examination.
  • There may also be telephone cases where the candidate is required to either answer an incoming call or make an outgoing call; this will be identified in the candidate instructions prior to entering the station.

For more detailed information on the clinical specifications including mark sheets, click here to download the Clinical Examination Specifications.