As you may already know, the Standard Pathway is designed for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) as a means to attaining General Registration as a medical practitioner in Australia with the Medical Board of Australia. It involves completion of the below Australian Medical Council’s (AMC) exams OR, the completion of an AMC approved workplace-based assessment program.
AMC Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) MCQ Examination
AMC Clinical Examination
IMGs undertaking the Standard pathway must also successfully complete 12 months of supervised practice in an approved position.
Whilst the Standard Pathway is a great option for IMGs striving to work as a doctor in Australia, it can be somewhat confusing understanding how the full process works. To save you time and stress, we’ve put together a list of the top five website links we recommend all IMGs visit when considering the Standard Pathway.
This page on the Medical Board of Australia’s website is a great starting point for doctors who are just beginning their research into the Standard Pathway. It details a brief overview of who this option is suitable for, how to apply for the Standard Pathway, what primary source of verification IMGs require to take this pathway, and the different types of registration needed along the way. The MBA also touches on how to apply for General Registration once IMGs have completed this pathway, and even provide a downloadable document with guidance on the documentary evidence required to support an application for General Registration.
From this page, you can also view information about the Competent Authority Pathway and Specialist Pathway, if you want to do a quick check to ensure you are not eligible for one of these alternative options.
Once you have a basic understanding of what examinations you need to complete and the full process, the next step is to research the AMC Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) MCQ Examination, also known as the AMC MCQ Exam. Here you can read all about the exam including how many questions candidates will be tested on, the number of questions covered per each patient group, and how long the exam runs for.
There are also quick links available to helpful information such as the locations for each exam venue (available worldwide), upcoming exam dates and how to apply for the exam. You can even download a free copy of the AMC MCQ Examination Specifications Booklet
Unlike the AMC MCQ Exam, the AMC Clinical Examination has a high failure rate. This means it is essential to not only choose the right exam preparation program to assist you, but also do your research into what is involved with this exam ahead of time. On this page you will be directed to information regarding the exam format, fees and the release of results.
If you are puzzled by any of the information you read about the AMC or their exams, you can visit this FAQ page they created to answer the most common questions they receive from candidates. These range from questions relating to the AMC portal and login access, to the types of eligible medical qualifications, and even what questions the AMC can’t assist you with (with links to the appropriate third party websites that can). Chances are that you will find the answer you are looking for on this page, but in the case that you don’t, you can contact the AMC via phone or email.
Whether you are needing to complete both exams, or just a select one, IME can assist with all of your AMC exam preparation, and even securing your 12 month supervised practice position. Through this link, you can scroll through the range of individual preparation courses and programs, as well as view the comprehensive IMG Australia Training Program that prepares doctors for both exams and provides a 12 month, paid supervised placement in one of our Australian partner organisations.