Assessment pathways

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The Australian Medical Council (AMC) assesses the knowledge, clinical skills and professional attributes of overseas qualified medical practitioners seeking registration to practise medicine in Australia. It has no role in processing applications for registration or in granting registration, which is a function of the Medical Board of Australia.

This section contains important information for international medical graduates (IMGs) with basic medical qualifications or specialist qualifications who want to find out about the assessment pathways that might apply to them, including eligibility requirements, application processes, documentation requirements and methods of assessment.

There are three main assessment pathways:

  • Competent Authority Pathway
  • Standard Pathway
  • Specialist Pathway.

To help you clarify which pathway may be relevant to you, an initial self-assessment check is provided as a guide.

The brief descriptions that follow are preliminary guides to help you find out which pathways you are most likely to be eligible to apply for. There is a link to more detailed information at the end of each brief description.

You will be charged a fee for each application, so you should read the detailed information on each pathway, including the eligibility requirements, before you apply.

The Competent Authority Pathway is intended for overseas-trained non-specialists, but it is also available to specialists, including general practitioners. If you have passed the examinations or you have completed training through an AMC‑designated competent authority, you can apply to the AMC for assessment under this pathway. The AMC-designated competent authorities are:

  • General Medical Council (United Kingdom—for the PLAB examination or for graduates of GMC-accredited medical courses in the United Kingdom)
  • Medical Council of Canada (LMCC)
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates of the United States (USMLE)
  • Medical Council of New Zealand (NZREX)
  • Medical Council of Ireland (graduates of medical courses in Ireland accredited by the Medical Council of Ireland).

If the AMC is satisfied that you are eligible for this pathway, it issues an Advanced Standing Certificate, which enables you to apply to the Medical Board of Australia for limited registration. Once granted limited registration, you undertake 12 months supervised practice with an accredited provider. If you satisfactorily complete the supervised practice period, the AMC issues your AMC Certificate, which enables you to apply to the Medical Board of Australia for general registration.

Learn more about the Competent Authority Pathway.

Read about the changes to the Competent Authority Pathway, effective from 1 July 2014.

The Standard Pathway is for IMGs seeking general registration with the Medical Board of Australia. You need to have a primary qualification in medicine and surgery awarded by a training institution listed in the current International Medical Education Directory (IMED) of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) to be eligible to apply to the AMC for assessment under this pathway.

The Standard Pathway has two alternative processes leading to the AMC Certificate:

  • Standard Pathway (AMC examinations). Assessment is by examination only—the AMC CAT MCQ Examination and the AMC Clinical Examination. Most non-specialist applicants will be assessed through this method.
  • Standard Pathway (workplace-based assessment). Assessment is by examination and workplace-based assessment—the AMC CAT MCQ Examination and workplace-based assessment of clinical skills and knowledge by an AMC-accredited authority. Currently assessment programs in four states have been accredited to pilot workplace-based assessment. As a result, relatively few applicants are assessed through this pathway.

On successful completion of the assessment requirements, you will be issued with the AMC Certificate, which you need to apply for general registration with the Medical Board of Australia.

Learn more about the Standard Pathway.

The Specialist Pathway is for applicants in one of the following categories:

  • overseas-trained specialists applying for assessment of comparability to the standard of a specialist trained in that specialty in Australia (specialist recognition)
  • overseas-trained specialists applying for an area of need position in Australia
  • overseas-trained specialists or specialists-in-training wishing to undertake a short period of specialist or advanced training in Australia.

All applicants must have a primary qualification in medicine and surgery from a training institution listed in the current International Medical Education Directory (IMED) of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research. Specialists applying for an assessment of their comparability for specialist recognition or for an assessment of their suitability for an area of need position must also have satisfied all the training and examination requirements to practise in their field of specialty in their country of training.

Under the Specialist Pathway (specialist recognition):

  • the AMC assesses your application and required documentation to determine your eligibility to apply
  • the relevant specialist medical college assesses your comparability against the criteria for an Australian-trained specialist in the same field of specialty practice and reports the results of its assessment to the AMC.

The outcome of the specialist medical college's assessment will determine your registration type with the Medical Board of Australia. You may be required to undertake peer review (oversight) or further training or examinations.

Learn more about the Specialist Pathway (specialist recognition).

Read about the changes to the Specialist Pathway (specialist recognition), effective from 1 July 2014.

Under the Area of Need Specialist Pathway:

  • the AMC assesses your application and required documentation to determine your eligibility to apply
  • the specialist medical college assesses your qualifications and relevant experience against the specified requirements of a particular area of need position.

You must have been offered a declared area of need position by the relevant state or territory health authority.

The outcome of the specialist medical college's assessment will determine the type of registration with the Medical Board of Australia.

Learn more about the Area of Need Specialist Pathway.

Read about the changes to the Area of Need Specialist Pathway, effective from 1 July 2014.

Specialists-in-training include both fully qualified specialists and specialists-in-training who are applying for specified training positions or programs in Australia. The AMC's only role is to verify your medical qualifications through the ECFMG International Credentials Services (EICS).

Learn about the AMC's primary source verification process for specialists-in-training.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 11:23
 
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