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Key message

  • COVID 19 affected Australian medical education and accreditation activities through its impact on health services and systems, clinicians, and medical education providers. 
  • This AMC project aimed to generate invaluable knowledge regarding specialist medical education and training, including challenges and innovations during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Investigating the impact on specialist medical training 

The COVID-19 pandemic made us rethink the way we live and broadly affected health. There were global disruptions to health systems, health care provision and the spectrum of medical education.  

The AMC partnered with the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC) to deliver a project for the Health Workforce Division of the Australian Government Department of Health to consider the impact of COVID-19 on Australian specialist medical training. 

The project included separate and collaborative work by the AMC and the CPMC. 

AMC areas of focus

The project links to and builds on the AMC’s work as the accreditation authority for medicine under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law. The AMC’s work focused on review and analysis of its accreditation findings before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, and on providing resources to support innovation and good practice in assessment.  

More specifically, the areas of AMC analysis and review included: 

  • Changes in assessment in specialist medical programs and opportunities for systems improvement. 
  • Barriers to and enablers of equitable access to learning opportunities and resources, and policies that support recognition and accreditation of learning. 

AMC Assessment Website 

The AMC Assessment website is designed for all stakeholders involved in assessing learners across the continuum of medical education. It includes resources and information to share learning and support improvement in assessment. 

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