AMC Clinical vs. Workplace Based Assessment

If you’re an International Medical Graduate coming to Australia via the standard pathway, before you are able to apply for General Registration you will have to either have passed the AMC Clinical Exam or complete a Workplace Based Assessment. 

Clinical Exam

The AMC Clinical Examination is a structured clinical assessment that consists of a 16-component multistation assessment. It assesses your clinical skills in medicine, surgery, obstetrics, gynaecology, paediatrics and psychiatry. It also assesses your ability to communicate with patients, their families and other health workers. It is like a mock-patient interaction. 

Currently, the pass rate for the Clinical Exam is 31.1%. 

How can I apply?

You can apply for this exam at this link: https://www.amc.org.au/assessment/clinical-examination/

(Please note, this exam is not currently running due to COVID-19 restrictions).

How much does it cost?

The exam costs $3,530.00 AUD

Workplace Based Assessment 

Another way to achieve General Registration is to undertake a Workplace Based Assessment. This assessment of your performance in everyday clinical practice in the Australian healthcare setting 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. 

For WBA, disciplines covered include medicine and surgery; obstetrics and gynaecology; paediatrics; and psychiatry, however instead of only needing to work in these disciplines, doctors will be assessed using some of the following strategies:

  • Mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise (min-CEX)
  • Direct Observation of Procedural Skills (DOPS)
  • Case-based Discussion (CBD)
  • In-Training Assessment (ITA)/Structured Supervision Reports
  • Multi-Source Feedback/360 Degree Assessment
  • Choice and design of assessment methods with clearly described criteria and assessor training are essential elements of a successful workplace based assessment program.

How long is WBA?

6 Months

How to apply?

Currently these are the only approved providers of WBA, which means if you are considering this option you will need to apply to work at one of their hospitals:

  • Central Coast Local Health District
  • Flinders Rural Health SA
  • Hunter New England Local Health District
  • Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District
  • Launceston General Hospital
  • Mid North Coast Local Health District
  • Monash health
  • WA Country Health Service
  • Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service

What does it cost?

The cost of completing the workplace based assessment varies for the different hospitals. Please check with your employing hospital to determine the cost of the assessment.

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