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The AMC is exploring future directions for the assessment of international medical graduates and the clinical examination to ensure that it is fit-for-purpose now and into the future.


  • In October 2019 the AMC convened a National Assessment Summit to inform the future strategic direction of AMC assessment. The Summit brought together stakeholders from across the health sector both nationally and internationally.
  • A key outcome of the Summit was a commitment to develop a strategic roadmap.
  • A Clinical Assessment Futures working group has been established to develop the roadmap and progress the work.

Key components of the strategic roadmap

  • Explore blended methods of assessment that recognise the different experiences, circumstances and knowledge of international medical graduates, and that different assessment methods assess different things.
  • Reform the clinical exam drawing on the evidence base and ensuring that it aligns with the graduate outcomes expected of Australian medical graduates commencing internship training (PGY1).
  • Build a stream of research and evaluation to inform quality improvement, decision-making and innovation in assessments.
  • Develop learning support and resources to assist candidates to prepare for the clinical examination.
  • Embed cultural safety into exam blueprints and look at what support international medical graduates need in this area.

About the Assessment and Innovation business area

The AMC Assessment and Innovation business area is responsible for the assessment of International Medical Graduates seeking medical registration to practise in Australia.

The role of the area is to:

  • Partner with a range of subject matter experts such as medical educators, assessment experts and clinicians as well as stakeholders and staff to manage International Medical Graduate progress along the pathway to securing an AMC Certificate.
  • Work collaboratively with medical schools and specialist colleges to deliver in person and online assessments and develop technologies, products, and services that ensure high quality assessment delivery.
  • Use an evidence-based approach to quality improvement by using research and data analysis to improve examination procedures, policy, and assessment outcomes.