I don’t want to sit the AMC exams, what are my other options?

Published on January 16, 2018

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I don’t want to sit the AMC exams, what are my other options?

 

The AMC Exams are a requirement for doctors entering Australia on the Standard Pathway. AMC Part 1 (MCQ) is a Multiple Choice Questionnaire is compulsory before being able to apply for AHPRA registration and Part 2 (Clinical) must be completed to be eligible for General AHPRA Registration (There is the Work Based Assessment option which we will be writing about in an upcoming blog!).

There are two other options rather than completing the AMC exams. The Standard Pathway is one of 3 pathways to be eligible to work in Australia. The other two options are Competent Authority Pathway (CAP) & Specialist Pathway.

To be eligible for Competent Authority Pathway, you’ll need to have completed the equivalent AMC exams in the identified countries and in most cases, worked in those countries. This is a quick summary of the options you have for alternative exams to AMC, to make you eligible for CAP.

  • General Medical Council (United Kingdom – for the PLAB examination or for graduates of GMC-accredited medical courses in the United Kingdom) + 12 months training in UK
  • Medical Council of Canada (LMCC)
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates of the United States (USMLE) + 2 years of training
  • Medical Council of New Zealand (NZREX) + internship (equivalent)
  • Medical Council of Ireland (graduates of medical courses in Ireland accredited by the Medical Council of Ireland) + internship

To be eligible for the Specialist Pathway, you need to have completed a fellowship (or equivalent) in one of the identified countries and have had your experience assessed as partially or substantially equivalent or not equivalent by your relevant college. For General Practice (RACGP specifically), they have 3 different categories.

Specialist Pathway Category 1 (Cat 1) – This will entitle you to Specialist Registration with AHPRA. You’ll need to have completed a fellowship in:

  • UK via MRCGP (examination only)
  • Canada via CFPC + Part 1 & 2 quals
  • Ireland via MICGP
  • New Zealand via GPEP
  • Singapore

Specialist Pathway Category 2 (Cat 2)– This will entitle you to Limited Registration with AHPRA. You’ll need to have completed a fellowship in:

  • UK via MRCGP (iMAP)
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • South Africa
  • South Africa
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • USA

Specialist Pathway Category 3 (Cat 3) – This will entitle you to Limited Registration with AHPRA. You’ll need to have completed a fellowship in:

  • Austria
  • Croatia
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France (post 2007 VT)
  • Germany
  • Latvia
  • Malta (post 2007 VT)
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Turkey
  • MRCGP[INT]

In addition, you’ll also require:

  • Achieve a pass in the Applied Knowledge Test (AKT)
  • RACGP assessed 4 years general practice experience

These categories are specific to RACGP- ACRRM has a different process for their Specialist Pathway.

To be eligible for Specialist Pathway via ACRRM, you’ll need to have completed a fellowship in:

  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Hong Kong
  • Ireland
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

Applicants will then be assessed as either partially or substantially comparable and assigned a training period to work towards Specialist recognition.

These other two pathways come with their pros and their cons exactly the same way the Standard Pathway does. The AMC Exams aren’t easy to pass however to commence work in Australia, some sort of equivalent must be completed. The point is to ensure a high quality of care is offered once you commence practicing.

I know there are many tests and it is easy to feel discouraged. Stay positive- there are many resources available to help you study 🙂

We would love to hear the experiences of those who have used the CAP or Specialist Pathway – let us know about your successes and concerns!

People Medical Consulting are a team of professionals with a passion for guiding those specialising in the Medical industry to find their career pathway and settle into Australia. Working with both Australian trained and Overseas trained professionals, we have extensive experience in   Recruitment of General Practitioners,   Migration for all with a special emphasis on Medical and   Document Assistance for those requiring support with RACGP, AHPRA, 19AA and 19AB Medicare Exemptions.