AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL COUNCIL EXAM PREPARATION FOR ETHIOPIANS

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What’s AMC exam?

 

The Australian Medical Council (AMC) is an independent national standards body for medical education and training. Its purpose is to ensure that the health of the Australian community is promoted and protected by the standards of education, training and assessment of the medical profession. Overseas trained doctors, including Ethiopians, whose medical qualifications are not recognized in Australia undergo the AMC exams to assess their clinical skills and medical knowledge for registration purposes. The AMC examinations test knowledge, clinical competence, professional attitudes and performance.

They consist of a computer adaptive test (CAT) multiple-choice question (MCQ) examination, and either an AMC Clinical examination or Workplace based assessment. You must pass the AMC CAT MCQ Examination before you can apply for either the AMC Clinical Examination or Workplace based assessment.

Who’s Eligible to Australian Medical Council Exam?

You must determine your eligibility by confirming your medical school, medical degree (final medical diploma/primary qualification) and graduation year are eligible by following the 2 steps below:
STEP 1 : Confirm your medical school is eligible:

Students from the following Ethiopian medical schools are eligible

  • Addis Ababa University, College of Health Sciences, School of Medicine
  • Africa Medical College
  • Arba Minch University College of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Arsi University College of Health Sciences
  • Bahir Dar University College of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Bethel Medical College
  • Debre Tabor University College of Medicine and Health Science
  • Dire Dawa University School of Medicine
  • Gamby College of Medical Science
  • Haramaya University College of Health and Medical Sciences
  • Hawassa University College of Medicine and Health Science
  • Hayat Medical College
  • Jimma University College of Public Health and Medical Sciences
  • Mekelle University College of Health Sciences
  • MyungSung Medical College
  • Santé Medical College
  • St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College
  • University of Gondar College of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Wollo University College of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Yekatit 12 Hospital Medical College

STEP 2: Confirm the degree title of your medical degree (final medical diploma/primary qualification), by selecting your medical school and graduation year.
N.B: If your medical school is not listed on the AMC website, a medical school representative can contact ECFMG at medschoolreview@ecfmg.org to inquire on the eligibility criteria.

Content of the Australian Medical Council Exam 

MCQ Examination

The AMC Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) MCQ Examination is a computer-administered fully integrated multi-choice question examination delivered in one 3.5-hour session in examination centers worldwide. The examination consists of 150 A-type MCQs (one correct response from five options) It focuses on essential medical knowledge involving understanding of the disease process; clinical examination and diagnosis; and investigation, therapy and management.

  • Adult Health (Medicine): 30%
  • Adult Health (Surgery): 20%
  • Women’s Health(ObGyn): 12.5%
  • Child Health: 12.5%
  • Mental Health: 12.5%
  • Population Health: 12.5%

You are expected to complete all 150 items. Failure to complete all 150 scored items in the examination may lead to insufficient information for a reliable determination of your ability and therefore a result on the AMC adaptive scale. The examination result is recorded as ‘Fail—Insufficient data to obtain result’.
You apply to the AMC for authorization to schedule for a MCQ examination event, either online or by requesting a paper form. You will be issued with a 12-month authorization to schedule for one MCQ examination event covered in that 12-month period.

AMC CAT MCQ examination application process

Step 1: Apply for CAT MCQ examination authorization : You can apply online (option A) or you
can a request for a paper-based application form (option B).
A. Use the candidates portal to apply online
B. Request a CAT MCQ examination application form by email

Step 2: Complete your application to the Australian Medical Council. Incomplete applications will
result in delays to your assessment and will incur a fee.

Step 3Schedule for an examination series with Pearson VUE. You can schedule by telephone
(option A) or use the Pearson VUE online scheduling system (option B)
A. Contact Pearson VUE by telephone
B. Use the Pearson VUE online scheduling system
N.B: You can change between CAT MCQ examination events and venues, provided you do so before the closing date. You can only schedule into one CAT MCQ examination event.

MCQ examination procedures

Make sure to read the Pearson VUE Professional Examination Rules before entering the AMC MCQ examination venue.
The rules are as follows:

  • Do not bring the following items to the MCQ examination event: tissues (e.g. Kleenex), paper of any kind, pens/pencils, rulers.
  • Mobile phones must be switched off and placed in the allocated area of the room.
  • Bags must be placed in the allocated area of the room.
  • Food and drinks are not allowed in the computer examination room.
  • The venue will provide a whiteboard and pen for making notes. The whiteboard will be collected by examination supervisors at the completion of the examination.
  • Family members are not allowed to wait in the examination venue. They must wait outside the building of the examination venue.
  • Candidates undertaking the AMC MCQ examination event must review the information in the MCQ Examination Specifications booklet.

Clinical Examination

The AMC clinical examination is an integrated multidisciplinary structured clinical assessment. The examination comprises 16 assessed stations and 4 rest stations. It is administered either online via a video conferencing format at a location organized by the candidate, or when health restrictions allow, at the National Test Centre in Melbourne (NTC). Candidates will rotate through a series of stations and will undertake a variety of clinical tasks. All candidates in a clinical examination session will be assessed against the same stations. Most stations are of 10 minutes duration (comprising two minutes reading time, and eight minutes assessment time).

Stations may use actual patients, simulated patients, or videotaped patient presentations. Other relevant materials, such as charts, digital images and photographs may also be used in the examination. Stations will assess clinical skills relating to presentations of medical, surgical, women’s health, pediatrics and mental health problems. These will be in a variety of settings including community and hospital. Each station has a single broad “predominant assessment area”.
These are:

  • history taking
  • examination
  • diagnostic formulation
  • management/counselling/education.

Clinical examination requirements

Prohibited materials: No books, textbooks, notes, items of jewelry, tie pins or other
materials are allowed into the examination room, including recording devices, watches
(smart, digital and analogue) or handbags. Candidates are not permitted to write any
prompting material on their skin before or during the examination.

Workplace based assessment

Workplace based assessment tracks your progress in integrating clinical knowledge and skills as a basis for safe and effective clinical judgments and decision making. It also assesses how well you deal with patients and whether you work productively in a team of healthcare
professionals.

The content and the assessment standard of accredited workplace based assessment programs are approved by the AMC and overseen by members of the AMC Board of Examiners, who ensure that the format and content of the assessments are consistent with the required standard.
The assessment methods for workplace based assessment programs are rigorous and structured. Disciplines covered include medicine and surgery; obstetrics and genecology; pediatrics; and psychiatry.

Fees and charges to the Australian Medical Council

  • Assessment pathway application fees
  • Establish an AMC portfolio (including 1 x qualification) :
  • Currently: $500
  • As of January 1,2023: $600
  • Add additional qualification/s to your AMC portfolio (fee is payable for each qualification added)
  • Currently: $40
  • As of January 1,2023: $100

CAT MCQ examination fees
CAT MCQ examination authorization
Currently: $2,720
As of January 1,2023: $2,920
Reissue of results
Currently: $70
As of January 1,2023: $100
Verification of CAT MCQ examination results

Currently: $75
As of January 1,2023: $100
Cancellation of CAT MCQ examination authorization
Currently: $1,360
As of January 1,2023: $1,460

Clinical examination fees
Clinical examination
Currently: $3,530
As of January 1,2023: $3,730
Reissue of results
Currently: $70
As of January 1,2023: $100

Workplace based assessment fees
Workplace based assessment
Currently: $650
As of January 1,2023: $1,000

Certificate fees
AMC Certificate (Competent Authority Pathway)
Currently: $300
As of January 1,2023: $300
AMC Certificate Print Request
Currently: $70
As of January 1,2023: $100
Reprint of Advance Standing Certificate
Currently: $70
As of January 1,2023: $100
Reprint of EICS Certificate
Currently: $70
As of January 1,2023: $100

Nearest test venues for Ethiopians

These examination events are held at various venues in Australia and other countries. Currently, we have no test venue in Ethiopia but the following are venues near

Pearson Professional Centers-Tel Aviv, Israel

2 Derech Ben Gurion
BSR Building 1. 9th floor
5257334 Ramat Gan
Israel

Pearson Professional Centers-Johannesburg
6th Floor Sandton City Office Tower
Sandton City Shopping Centre
158 5th Street, SANDTON
Johannesburg
2146
South Africa

For those able to take the exam in Australia the following are the venues:
Pearson Professional Centers-Adelaide SA
Ground Floor, 76 Waymouth Street
Adelaide, South Australia 5000

Australia

Pearson Professional Centers-Melbourne

Level 14,
300 La Trobe Street,
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Australia

Pearson Professional Centers-Box Hill VIC
Level 3, 990 Whitehorse Road
Box Hill, Victoria 3128
Australia

Pearson Professional Centers-Canberra ACT

Ground Floor
Unit 2
4 Marcus Clarke Street
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601

Australia

Pearson Professional Centers-Perth WA
Ground Floor, 1 William Street
Perth, Western Australia 6000

Australia

Summary on how to apply to Australian Medical Council for Ethiopians

Step 1: IMGs required to submit their medical degree (final medical diploma/primary qualification) in medicine and surgery for verification. It is important to determine that your medical school as well as your degree title and graduation year is eligible.

Step 2: Create EPIC account and confirm your identity with ECFMG. Indicate that you plan to apply to the AMC when completing your request to establish an account. Your EPIC ID will be confirmed in 2-3 working days.

You must provide two forms of identity (ID) documentation
 The primary identity document must contain your photograph and signature. These include: drivers license, passport, state/county identification card, alien registration card (green card, permanent residents visa).
 The secondary identity document must contain your signature. These include: credit card, bank/ATM card, social security card
N.B: Both your primary and secondary ID documents must contain your signature and your primary ID document must also contain your photograph.

Step 3 – Establish AMC Portfolio for processing by AMC – you require an EPIC ID to be able to complete the portfolio application. Your AMC candidate number will be confirmed by email within 3-5 working days.

Step 4 – Upload qualification/s to your EPIC account for processing by ECFMG. As you upload
each qualification, request that an EPIC report be sent to the AMC. When your credential is sent
for verification, the AMC will be notified to update the verification status on the AMC
qualifications portal.

  • For the Standard Pathway (AMC examinations) and Competent Authority pathways,

submit your medical degree (final medical diploma/primary qualification) for verification.

  • For specialist assessment purposes, your medical degree (final medical diploma/primary

qualification) and postgraduate qualification/s must be submitted.

Step 5 – Proceed with the pathway you are eligible for.

  • Standard Pathway: The Standard Pathway is for IMGs seeking general registration with the Board. You need to have a primary qualification in medicine and surgery awarded by a training institution recognized by the AMC to be eligible to apply to the AMC for assessment under this pathway. The AMC assesses IMGs under the Standard Pathway through the AMC CAT MCQ Examination and the AMC Clinical Examination or

Workplace based assessment of clinical skills and knowledge by an AMC-accredited authority.

Competent Authority Pathway: The Competent Authority Pathway is intended for overseas-trained non-specialists, but it is also available to specialists, including general practitioners. It is a pathway to general registration and does not result directly in recognition or registration as a specialist in Australia. IMGs who have completed the requirements of a Board-designated Competent Authority can apply to the Board for assessment under this pathway. If you wish to be assessed through the Competent Authority Pathway, you should apply directly to the Board.

Specialist Pathway: is for applicants in one of the following categories:

  • Overseas-trained specialists applying for assessment of comparability to the standard of a specialist trained in that specialty in Australia (specialist recognition)
  • specialists applying for an area of need position in Australia (area of need)
  • specialists or specialists-in-training wishing to undertake a short period of specialist or advanced training in Australia (short-term training).

N.B: IMGs who have a primary qualification in medicine and surgery from a training institution awarded by a training institution recognized by the AMC, and who have satisfied all the training and examination requirements to practice in their field of specialty in their country of training can apply for assessment under this pathway (specialist recognition or area of need).

Step 6: Apply to take the exam by selecting your suitable date and venue

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