The Australian Medical Council is an organisation whose work impacts across the lands of Australia and New Zealand.
The Australian Medical Council acknowledges the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the original Australians and the Māori People as the tangata whenua (Indigenous) Peoples of Aotearoa (New Zealand). We recognise them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.
We pay our respects to them and to their Elders, both past, present and emerging, and we recognise their enduring connection to the lands we live and work on, and honour their ongoing connection to those lands, its waters and sky.
The AMC clinical examination is an integrated multidisciplinary structured clinical assessment. It is administered online.
Refer to Examination specifications
To be eligible for the clinical examination you must have passed the AMC CAT MCQ examination.
The examination comprises 16 assessed stations and four rest stations.
During the examination, you will rotate through these stations and undertake a variety of clinical tasks.
Stations are of 10 minutes duration comprising:
Stations may use simulated patients, or videotaped patient presentations.
Other relevant materials, such as charts, digital images and photographs may also be used in the examination.
Stations assess clinical skills relating to presentations of medical, surgical, women’s health, paediatrics and mental health.
The assessments cover both community and hospital settings.
Each station focuses on one of four predominant assessment areas, being either:
Examples of material that could be included in the stations can be found in the Clinical Examination Specifications.
To prepare for the clinical examination it is recommended that you:
1. Familiarise yourself with the Clinical Examination Specifications
The Clinical Examination Specifications document contains guidelines and specifications to assist candidates for the AMC Clinical Examination.
The guidelines contain information about:
2. Watch the candidate briefing video
3. Review the suggested reading list for the clinical examination
The AMC provides information about bridging courses to assist candidates but does not endorse or accredit individual bridging programs.
The bridging course listing on the AMC website is provided as an information service only. It is the candidate’s responsibility to check that the information is correct, and that the aims of the course match the candidate’s requirements.
We recommend you visit the AMC Indigenous Health webpage to learn about the commitment of the AMC to promoting Indigenous Health by ensuring culturally safe practice to improve health outcomes.
You are only eligible to proceed with the Clinical examination after you have passed the AMC CAT MCQ examination.
A notification will be available on your AMC candidate account and AMC website with information on when scheduling for available examination dates will open.
Once an examination is open for scheduling, you will be able to sign into your AMC candidate account and directly apply for your preferred examination date.
Please note: there is a set number of positions available on each examination. Positions are offered on a first-come first-served basis. You must pay the examination fee at the time of booking.
Important note: Clinical scheduling and examination dates are subject to change or cancellation.
If you require assistance or have questions regarding the scheduling process, please use the AMC’s Contact Form.
AMC Clinical Examinations February – April 2024
SCHEDULING CLOSED – AMC Clinical Examinations February – April 2024
Please be advised that all Clinical Examination placements for February-April 2024 have been filled.
Candidates who were unable to secure a placement may contact the AMC with an expression of interest. When submitting an expression of interest, candidates should be prepared to accept a placement on short notice.
The AMC is unable to provide information regarding examination dates beyond May at this time. Requests for expressions of interest will be considered only for the February-April scheduling period
Important note – When candidates schedule from the 6 November, the 2024 fee increase will be applied.
Scheduling will be available for eligible AMC candidates. Please see below timeline for when scheduling will be opened.
Candidate briefing video
The candidate briefing video provides information about the:
It is recommended that you watch this video prior to attending the clinical examination.
You must be logged into the designated link by the time specified for the examination.
Use of mobile phones during the examination
For the AMC to communicate with you in the event of a technical issue, you are permitted to have your mobile phone switched to silent in the same room. You are required to show the invigilator that your phone is switched to silent, with the vibration function off. Only one phone is permitted.
You must comply with the following technology requirements:
Desktop or laptop
The device used to undertake the examination must be either a desktop or laptop computer.
Windows 11 operating system
The device must be running the Windows 11 operating system.
The screen size for your device must be a minimum of 14 inches.
A webcam must be used and positioned at roughly eye level.
Use of headphones is compulsory. These must be plug-in headphones with a microphone.
There must be a reliable, high speed internet connection available in the examination location.
You must be the only person in the examination room, and it must be free of distractions for entire examination period.
If you are unable to comply with these requirements, you will not be permitted to sit the online clinical examination.
Refer to the Clinical Examination Specifications for further information.
Refer to the Clinical Examination Specifications
The 16 assessed stations include two pilot stations. A pilot station serves as a trial or test run to evaluate the station’s instructions, materials, and the overall process. Pilot stations help identify any issues, gather feedback, and make necessary adjustments before incorporating them into the main clinical examination.
Pilot stations may also be stations requiring trialling for administrative purposes including stations with special operational and technology requirements.
Your overall examination result (pass or fail) will be determined by 14 scored stations.
Usually, the scored stations will not include either of the two pilot stations, but if there is an issue with one or two of the non-pilot stations the Clinical Results Panel may determine that one or both of the pilot stations will be substituted. If this occurs the candidate’s result will still be determined on the basis of 14 stations.
Over the 14 stations candidates will be graded as pass or fail, as follows:
You can download your clinical examination results by logging onto your AMC candidate account.
Your results will be available to download at 4.00pm on the Friday, three weeks following your clinical examination.
To access your clinical examination results:
In each station, the examiner is required to determine a global rating for that station. The overall result for each station is based on:
The overall result of the clinical examination is based on the number of individual stations passed.
For candidates with a pass result, refer to the AMC certificates.
It is expected that during the examination, you will:
Failure to do so will constitute a breach of examination procedures and may lead to one or more of the following:
If you cross professional boundaries while undertaking the clinical examination you may be guilty of professional misconduct and may be subject to disciplinary action by regulatory authorities.
To withdraw from a clinical examination after it has been scheduled you must submit a Clinical Examination Withdrawal Notification form.
Refunds of the examination fees are only provided in exceptional circumstances and decided by the AMC Chief Executive Officer or nominee. Personal circumstances, such as minor illness or travel arrangements are not considered to be exceptional circumstances that warrant a refund of examination fees.
To request a refund an application must be made in writing along with a Medical Certificate or Statutory Declaration. Any refund granted will incur an administrative fee.
Any attempt to circumvent the objectives or processes of the examination, the reliability of your assessment or the security of the examination or examination content, may:
For full details of the process refer to the Clinical Examination Specifications.
Fees for clinical examinations are payable when an examination session is scheduled. Payment can only be made by credit card – either Mastercard or Visa.
Where clinical examinations are held in person, the AMC COVID Safe Workplace Policy applies.
The policy applies to any person who enters the NTC including, but not limited to, staff, contractors, visitors and exam participants.
This policy also outlines vaccination requirements for those visiting the NTC. Find out more in the AMC COVID Safe Workplace Policy.