Sep 27, 2023

AMC Exam Preparation: List Of Books You Need

Author: Dr. Akram Ahmad

In this blog, discover essential books for Australian Medical Council (AMC) exams, including comprehensive textbooks, journals, and clinical practice guides.


Key Takeaways:

  • AMC exam books offer comprehensive coverage of medical knowledge, clinical skills, ethics, and legal aspects of medical practice.
  • Books with clinical case scenarios help develop clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills required for the AMC exams.
  • Journals, editorials, and review articles alongside major texts to stay updated with the latest research and advancements in medical practice.


Preparing for the Australian Medical Council (AMC) exam is a significant step for international medical graduates (IMGs) pursuing a medical career in Australia. 

To succeed in this rigorous assessment, comprehensive study materials are vital. In this blog, we will explore essential books that can serve as valuable resources for AMC exam preparation. 


Books for AMC exam Preparation

  • Introduction
  • Books for AMC Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) Examination
    • Anthology of Medical Conditions
    • Good Medical Practice
  • Books for AMC Clinical Examination
  • Other Suggested Books
    • Medicine
    • Surgery
    • Children’s Health
    • Women’s Health
    • Mental health
    • General practice
    • Population health
    • Miscellaneous
    • Journals
  • Conclusion
  • FAQs



Australian Medical Council (AMC) exam books are essential study resources for medical graduates preparing for the rigorous AMC exams

These books provide comprehensive content aligned with the exam blueprint, covering clinical knowledge, medical ethics, professionalism, and legal aspects of medical practice. 

These books cover various subjects, clinical scenarios, and exam formats, providing IMGs with the knowledge and confidence to excel in the AMC exam. Let’s delve into the books that can pave the way to your success.


Books for AMC Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) Examination


Anthology of Medical Conditions

The Anthology of Medical Conditions, published by the AMC (Australian Medical Council), serves a dual purpose: assisting international medical graduates (IMGs) in their preparation for AMC examinations and serving as a valuable clinical practice tool. 

With over 130 listed clinical presentations, the publication facilitates a problem-solving approach to diagnosis and management, aiding doctors in their day-to-day practice.

In addition to clinical conditions, the Anthology covers crucial aspects that every doctor should be well-versed in. This includes understanding the legal and ethical foundations of medical practice and being familiar with the organizational aspects specific to the Australian healthcare system. 

To address these important matters, a dedicated section titled “Legal, Ethical, and Organizational Aspects of the Practice of Medicine” (LEO) is incorporated within the Anthology.

To enhance understanding, the publication features informative medical illustrations throughout. IMGs preparing for the AMC Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) and AMC Clinical Examinations are encouraged to make use of this comprehensive resource, which not only aids in exam readiness but also supports doctors in delivering optimal patient care in real-life clinical settings.


Good Medical Practice

The AMC publication, “Good Medical Practice – Professionalism, Ethics, and Law”, is a comprehensive textbook that caters to the needs of international medical graduates (IMGs), medical students, and doctors in training.

This textbook delves into various aspects of medical professionalism, ethics, and the legal framework surrounding medical practice. It covers essential topics that all doctors should be well-versed in, including the principles of ethical conduct and the laws governing healthcare. 

The publication is designed to equip medical professionals with the knowledge and understanding necessary to navigate complex ethical and legal situations that may arise in their careers.

Moreover, this textbook extends its value beyond individual practitioners. It serves as a guide for medical regulators, lawyers, and professionals involved in performance and conduct panels and tribunals. Community members who participate in these panels and tribunals can also benefit from the insights provided in this publication.


Books for AMC Clinical Examination

To excel in the AMC Clinical Examination, the AMC advises candidates to engage in a comprehensive review of clinical skills and differential diagnosis. 

Based on experience, it has been found that prioritizing the review of journals that address prevalent clinical conditions in the Australian community yields better results than excessive reliance on reference books. 

To facilitate this approach, a curated list of valuable journals is presented below, serving as valuable resources for exam preparation.


Other Suggested Books

A plethora of medical textbooks of exceptional quality is readily available, catering to a range of preferences. These textbooks vary in length, with some offering concise essential knowledge while others serve as comprehensive reference guides. 


  • Colledge NR, Walker BR, Ralston SH and Penman I (eds). Davidson’s Principles and Practice of Medicine, 22nd edition
  • Devitt PG, Mitchell JD and Hamilton-Craig C. Clinical Problems in Medicine and Surgery, 3rd edition
  • Diagnostic Imaging Pathway. Government of Western Australia, Department of Health.
  • Inside Radiology. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists.
  • Larkins R, Smallwood RA. Clinical Skills: The Medical Interview, Physical Examination and Assessment of the Patient’s Problems.
  • Nair BKR, ed. Clinical Examination: A Problem-Based Approach.
  • Talley NJ, O’Connor S. Clinical Examination: A Systematic Guide to Physical Diagnosis. 7th edition
  • Warrell DA, Cox TM, Firth JD (eds). Oxford Textbook of Medicine, 5th edition


  • Tjandra JJ, Clunie GJA, Kay AH, Smith J (Eds). Textbook of Surgery, 3rd edition
  • Clunie GJA, Tjandra JJ, Ross H. MCQs and Short Answer Questions for Surgery.
  • Forrest AP, Carter DC, MacLeod IB. Principles and Practice of Surgery – A Surgical Supplement to Davidson’s Principles and Practice of Medicine, 3rd edition
  • Smith JA, Fox JG, Saunder AC, Ming KY. Hunt & Marshall’s Clinical Problems in General Surgery, 2nd edition
  • Morris PJ, Wood WC. Oxford Textbook of Surgery, 2nd edition


Children’s Health
  • Hull D, Johnston D. Essential Paediatrics, 4th edition.
  • Roberton DM, South M. Practical Paediatrics, 7th edition
  • Royal Children’s Hospital (Melbourne, Vic.). Paediatric Handbook, 8th edition


Women’s Health
  • Permezel M, Walker S, Kyprianou K. Beischer & Mackay’s Obstetrics, Gynaecology and the Newborn, 4th edition
  • Llewellyn-Jones D. Fundamentals of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 9th edition
  • Mackay EV, Beischer NA, Pepperell R, Wood C. Illustrated Textbook of Gynaecology, 2nd edition


Mental health
  • Cowen P, Harrison P, Burns T. Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry, 6th edition
  • American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-5, 5th edition


General practice
  • Murtagh J. General Practice, 5th edition. Hardcover. McGraw Hill Australia, 2010.
  • Murtagh J. Practice tips, 5th rev. edition. Softcover. McGraw Hill Australia, 2008


Population health
  • Guidelines for preventive activities in general practice (The Red Book) 8th Edition 2012.
  • Putting Prevention Into Practice – The Green Book 2nd edition.
  • Clinical guidelines for musculoskeletal disease (OA, RA, JIA, OP).
  • Medical care of older persons in residential aged care facilities (silver book)
  • General practice management of type 2 diabetes 2014-15.
  • General practice management of Type 2 Diabetes 2014-15 (PDF).
  • Supporting smoking cessation: A guide for health professionals.
  • Abuse and violence: Working with our patients in general practice (white book).
  • Guideline for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women and older men.
  • Guideline for the non-surgical management of hip and knee osteoarthritis.
  • Clinical guidelines for the diagnosis and management of early rheumatoid arthritis
  • Clinical guidelines for the diagnosis and management of juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
  • Guidelines for the assessment and management of absolute cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk.
  • Cancer Council’s recommendations for screening and surveillance for specific cancers: Early detection policy for general practitioners.


  • Therapeutic Guidelines: Analgesic
  • Therapeutic Guidelines: Antibiotic
  • Therapeutic Guidelines: Cardiovascular
  • Therapeutic Guidelines: Dermatology
  • Therapeutic Guidelines: Endocrinology
  • Therapeutic Guidelines: Gastrointestinal
  • Therapeutic Guidelines: Neurology
  • Therapeutic Guidelines: Oral and Dental
  • Therapeutic Guidelines: Palliative Care
  • Therapeutic Guidelines: Psychotropic
  • Therapeutic Guidelines: Respiratory
  • Therapeutic Guidelines: Rheumatology
  • Therapeutic Guidelines: Toxicology and Wilderness
  • Therapeutic Guidelines: Ulcer and Wound Management
  • Management Guidelines: Developmental Disability



To complement major texts, it is advisable to selectively explore journals that offer valuable insights through editorials, annotations, and review articles. Consider the following journals as excellent sources:

  • Australian Family Physician
  • Australian Prescriber
  • British Medical Journal
  • Medical Journal of Australia



To succeed in the AMC exam, IMGs need to have a solid understanding of medical concepts, clinical skills, and exam strategies. 

The recommended books provide a comprehensive and structured approach to AMC exam preparation, covering the core areas tested in the exam. 

By utilizing these valuable resources, IMGs can enhance their knowledge, develop their clinical reasoning skills, and increase their chances of success in the AMC exam

Remember, thorough preparation and dedicated study using these books will pave the way to a rewarding medical career in Australia.

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Q: What should I study for AMC?

A:  You can go through the list of books suggested by the Australian Medical Council (AMC).

Q: What subjects are on the AMC?

A: The subjects covered on the AMC Exam are internal medicine, paediatrics, psychiatry, surgery, and obstetrics and gynaecology.

Q: How many attempts are there in AMC Part 1?

A: There is no limit on the number of attempts a candidate may have for the AMC examination.