I have been preparing for the Australian Medical Council exam which I will be attempting for the first and hopefully the last time on the 20th November 2010. ( I say the last because, hopefully I will pass it the first time).
This AMC exam has two parts the first consists of Multiple Choice Questions covering the major topics – Medicine, Surgery, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and psychiatry. To qualify for this examination one has to have graduated from a WHO accredited Medical School and in The South Pacific I know of two ie. the University of PNG and the University of South Pacific in Fiji )Fiji School of Medicine. Also, one needs to have completed her/his medical internship or residency training program and have documentary evidence of this. The AMC has a long process to validate intending candidates medical credentials, this may take longer than a year. See the AMC website for more details: http://www.amc.org.au/
It is a difficult exam, especially if one has done most of one’s training in a country with limited resources and facilities (as in my case and most doctors qualified from PNG and Fiji). However, after some 3-4 months of daily studying, you should start to get a “feel” of it all and be more confident. There are a number of websites available to assists medical students, doctors and other health workers prepare for such exams, one that I recently discover and has been helping is: http://www.amcprep.com/. Check it out if you’re thinking of sitting the Australian Medical Council Exam, and I’m sure you’ll find it as useful as I have. It is certainly appropriate technology for medical education.
The benefits of getting AMC qualifications are immense, whether one intends to practice medicine in Australia or not…but more on that another time, I need to get back to studying, 6 weeks to go!