Accreditation of medical programs by the Australian Medical Council
The Australian Medical Council (AMC) develops standards for medical education and training in all phases of medical education. In its accreditation processes, it assesses education providers and their medical programs against these standards and monitors them to ensure they continue to meet the standards. AMC accreditation processes apply to:
- Primary medical education programs provided by university medical schools.
- The internship, the first year after medical school, which is a year of supervised work based training. This process was introduced in 2014.
- Specialist medical training and continuing professional development programs; the education providers for these programs are national specialist medical colleges.
- Programs for endorsement of registration of medical practitioners for acupuncture. This process was introduced in 2017.
AMC processes entail both accreditation (validating that standards are met) and peer review to promote high standards of medical education, stimulate self-analysis and assist the organisation under review to achieve its objectives. Accreditation is conducted in a collegiate manner that includes consultation, advice and feedback to the organisation under review.
Using a peer review process, AMC expert assessment teams assess medical training programs against the approved accreditation standards. The standards define the knowledge, skills and professional attributes expected at the end of basic medical training and specialist medical training, and good practice in the delivery of medical education and training. Education providers and medical programs that meet the standards are granted accreditation.
For more information on the accreditation standards and processes please use the links:
Assessment and accreditation of primary medical programs (medical schools)
Assessment and accreditation in the prevocational phase of medical education
Assessment and accreditation of specialist medical programs
Assessment and accreditation of programs leading to Endorsement of Registration of Medical Practitioners for Acupuncture
AMC Accreditation, governance and how it works:
This video is based on a discussion with a panel of AMC Directors, which explores three key questions:
- What is AMC Accreditation?
Directors discuss the how the processes of Quality assurance, Quality improvement and Peer Review are used in the context of AMC accreditation.
- How is AMC Accreditation Governed?
Directors discuss how the AMC governs its accreditation functions across the three education and training phases of medical school programs, intern training programs and specialist medical programs.
- How does the Accreditation Cycle Work?
The Chair of the Specialist Education Accreditation Committee explains how the Accreditation cycle works.
Why does Accreditation Matter?
Directors describe give examples of how accreditation contributes to improving the standard of medical education and training focusing on:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes;
- Medical education programs that meet the health needs of the Australian health community;
- The work readiness of interns in contexts whereby work and service commitments are a key feature of our medical education system;
- Medical education innovation and sharing of best practice by specialist medical education providers.
For more information on the recognition process, see Recognition of new medical specialties.
Evaluation of AMC processes and standards
The AMC regularly reviews its own accreditation and recognition processes, standards and criteria through:
- feedback from AMC expert teams and institutions undergoing accreditation or recognition
- reports by AMC team chairs
- regularly reviewing government policy and health services developments which effect clinical training
- periodically establishing working parties to review standards and procedures with extensive stakeholder consultation
- networking with other regional, national, international medical education standard setting & accreditation agencies
- regular review against national and international standards for good practice in accreditation.
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