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AMC and English

Written By onci on Sunday, January 8, 2012 | 8:21 AM

Overseas trained doctors have become an important part of the Australian medical workforce and there are a set of processes which have been developed to assess and recognise the skills and qualifications of overseas trained medical professionals. A part of this process includes meeting English language proficiency requirements. It is therefore essential that doctors and other medical professionals improve English communication skills to ensure effective patient care.


To be a practicing doctor in Australia, overseas trained doctors must meet the Medical Registration Board language requirements plus the English language proficiency requirements as set by the Australian Medical Council (AMC).


Australia is an English speaking country, therefore it is essential that overseas trained doctors have a very good knowledge and understanding of the English language. Having good English language skills enables doctors to communicate with their patients, other doctors and health professionals, and to keep up to date with medical information and research.


In all Australian states and territories, proficiency in English is a legislative requirement for registration of overseas trained doctors. All applicants are required to undertake and successfully complete one of the English language proficiency tests recognised by the AMC. Two of the tests are the International English Language Testing System and the Occupational English Test. Both of these tests include a speaking component which may involve the candidate speaking about a workplace situation.


The requirements are that the candidate must complete the IELTS examination (academic module) with a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking); or completion and an overall pass in the OET with grades A or B only in each of the four components; or successful completion of the NZREX; or PLAB test.


The next step is to pass the Australian Medical Council Examination. The AMC Examination has been developed to assess the medical knowledge and clinical skills of overseas trained doctors whose basic medical qualifications are not recognised by the state or territory.


Both examinations include questions that address a number of medical principles at the same time. The clinical examination also assesses the candidate’s capacity to communicate with patients, patients’ families and other health workers.


The AMC Examination consists of two parts, a Multiple Choice Questionnaire (MCQ) Examination and a Clinical Examination. The clinical examination includes a consulting skills assessment which includes simulated case scenarios incorporating role plays. Assessment is based on performance in rapport building, examination technique, accuracy of findings, diagnosis, management, investigations, procedures and counselling.


On passing the clinical section, a candidate will be awarded an AMC Certificate. The certificate will entitle an overseas trained doctor to apply for registration in any state or territory of Australia, subject to the requirements of each state or territory Medical Board. This usually includes one year of supervised medical practice. Further information can be found by checking the website of the Australian Medical Council.
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