Non-specialist examination – Australia


The kingdom of kangaroo might be a greener pasture for those in medicine who do not wish to go far apart from home. A couple hours of time difference, frequent daily flights direct to home, friendly people, low crime rate etc etc think yourself.

So, how do I get to work as a resident doctor in Australia?

Firstly, of course you need to ace the famous AMC exam. The exam consists of:

1. MCQ examination

Consists of two three and a half hour examinations administered in morning and afternoon sessions on the same day. The MCQ examination includes questions about general practice, internal medicine, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, psychiatry and surgery.

Around one third of the questions deal with conditions and issues that are critical to the life, safety or clinical outcome of the patient, or that are important in the Australian community. These ‘key issues’ questions are identified in the examination. The required standard of performance reflects the level of attainment of medical knowledge, clinical skills and attitudes required of newly qualified graduates of Australian medical schools who are about to commence intern training.

To pass the examination, a candidate must correctly answer 50% or more of the scored questions and not less than 65% of the ‘key issues’ questions.A candidate must complete both examinations to obtain an overall score and satisfy the requirements of the MCQ examination.

The fee for this exam is $1830 (USD 1476; RM 5109) per attempt.

2. Clinical examination

The AMC clinical examination is an integrated multidisciplinary structured clinical assessment consisting of a 16 component multi-station assessment, including three Obstetrics / Gynaecology stations and three Paediatrics stations.

Candidates will rotate through a series of 20 stations, of which 16 will be marked, and will undertake a variety of clinical tasks. All candidates in a clinical examination session will be assessed against the same stations.

Stations assess clinical skills in Medicine, Surgery, Paediatrics, Obstetrics, Gynaecology, General Practice and Psychiatry. Scoring will be structured, with individual aspects of each station specified under the following broad headings:

  • history
  • physical examination
  • investigations
  • diagnosis / differential diagnosis
  • therapeutics / management
  • counselling / patient education
  • clinical procedures.

The structured clinical assessments will make use of examiners from all disciplines.

The fee for this exam is $2510 (USD 2025; RM 7007) per attempt.

Copying & pasting the whole website is not really my style, so why not you read up yourself.

To learn more about the pathways to doctoring in Australia, click here.

To learn more about how much you’d spend for AMC, click here.

To discuss more about the AMC, click here.

2 thoughts on “Non-specialist examination – Australia

  1. wow..AMC is super expensive!~ If i knew I’d pass then the money’s no big deal but to pay 5k and fail, err…i’d rather go to europe or something!~

    questions :
    1) AMC is accepted in new zealand right?
    2) the application process..is it as tiring as usmle? i mean getting the letter from the deans and everything

  2. Yes it is super expensive.

    1) New Zealand accepts AMC and USMLE too as part of the qualification exam.

    2) I hv no idea, but I think it’s much worse perhaps. And you can sit for the exam only after graduation, not when you are still a med student.

    But you need to double check tho.

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