Working as a Doctor in Australia

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Working as a Doctor in Australia Overview

There are three pathways for doctors who are seeking registration to practice medicine in Australia must follow one of it, regardless of which pathway the doctor will follow All IMGs must apply for primary source verification of their medical qualifications through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC).

Registration Pathways
• Standard Pathway
• Competent Authority Pathway
• Specialist Pathway

Here is a guideline for each pathway

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Clinical skills and knowledge are assessed by an AMC-accredited authority, The AMC Certificate can be obtained in one of two ways using the Standard Pathway:
• AMC exams: Only the AMC CAT MCQ Examination and the AMC Clinical Examination are used for assessment. This method will be used to evaluate the majority of non-specialist applications.
• workplace-based assessment: Assessment is by examination and workplace-based assessment—the AMC CAT MCQ Examination and workplace-based assessment of clinical skills and knowledge by an AMC-accredited authority. Currently, assessment programs in four states have been accredited to pilot workplace-based assessment.

The Competent Authority pathway is for IMGs seeking general registration with the Medical Board of Australia, whether they are non-specialists or specialists (including general practitioners).
The Board has approved several international authorities as competent to assess, for medical registration, the applied medical knowledge and basic clinical skills of IMGs.
The approved competent authorities are:
• General Medical Council (United Kingdom – for the PLAB examination or for graduates of GMC-accredited medical courses in the United Kingdom)
• Medical Council of Canada (LMCC)
• Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates of the United States (USMLE)
• Medical Council of New Zealand (NZREX)
• Medical Council of Ireland (graduates of medical courses in Ireland accredited by the Medical Council of Ireland).
• National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (COMLEX-USA).

The Specialist Pathway is for applicants in one of the following categories:
i. overseas-trained specialists applying for assessment of comparability to the standard of a specialist trained in that specialty in Australia (specialist recognition).
ii. overseas-trained specialists applying for an area of need position in Australia (area of need)
iii. overseas-trained specialists or specialists-in-training wishing to undertake a short period of specialist or advanced training in Australia (short-term training).
IMGs can apply for evaluation under this pathway if they have the main qualification in medicine or surgery from an AMC-accredited training institution and have completed all training and examination requirements to practice in their field of specialty in their home country (specialist recognition or area of need). IMGs should inquire about specialty assessment eligibility and requirements by contacting the relevant Australian Specialist Medical College.

AMC Examinations

The AMC examinations are set at the level of attainment of medical knowledge, clinical skills, and attitudes required of newly qualified graduates of Australian medical schools who are about to begin intern training.

They consist of a computer adaptive test (CAT) multiple-choice question (MCQ) examination, and either an AMC Clinical examination or Workplace-based assessment. Your examination status must be recorded as “Eligible” to be able to proceed with the AMC examinations process (refer to flowchart below):
• The AMC CAT MCQ Examination tests knowledge of the principles and practice of medicine in the fields of general practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, surgery, obstetrics, and gynecology.
• The AMC Clinical Examination assesses clinical skills in medicine, surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, and psychiatry. It also assesses the ability to communicate with patients, their families, and other health workers.
• The AMC Workplace-Based Assessment – before applying for a WBA program directly to a WBA provider, you must have passed the AMC CAT MCQ Examination and granted registration by the Medical B

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