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How Is The AMC Exam Pattern And What Is The Exam Syllabus?

May 15, 2024 3 min read
AMC Exam Pattern & Syllabus

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • An overview of the AMC Exam pattern
  • What does the AMC Exam syllabus consist of?
  • How much should you score to pass the AMC Exam?

Australia is a country that embraces diversity and owns a remarkable quality of life. Setting up your healthcare career in Australia is bound to bring you countless career opportunities, professional development, and competitive salaries that you've been dreaming of. 

If you are a doctor planning to migrate to a different country, Australia would be the best choice for you. There are certain procedures that you need to follow before you land in Australia to practise as a doctor. The AMC exam that is conducted by the Australian Medical Council is the gateway to becoming a registered doctor in Australia. Let's learn more about the AMC exam.

KNOW THE AMC EXAM PATTERN

When it comes to the pattern of the AMC exam, there are two parts. The first part is known as the AMC MCQ and the second part is the clinical examination or workplace-based assessment. 

AMC MCQ EXAMINATION

The AMC MCQ examination is conducted as a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) and consists of 150 multiple-choice questions that are administered over 3.5 hours. At least 50% of the questions will be obtained from a pool of previously calibrated questions. The remaining questions will be fresh ones that have not appeared in the previous AMC MCQ examinations

There will be five choices with one correct answer. The questions revolve around essential medical knowledge, including areas like the disease process, clinical examination and diagnosis, investigation, therapy, and management. The candidates are supposed to answer all 150 questions.

With the CAT format of MCQ, each candidate will deliver a unique examination that is customised according to the previously recorded responses by them. 

In this method of examination, the first question is randomly chosen from the existing item pool. Based on whether the answer of the candidate is correct or incorrect, the following questions will be difficult or easy, difficult or easy, respectively. This process will go on until 150 questions are completed.

The ability estimate of the candidate will be calculated by the computer after each response. The ability estimate becomes clearer and more precise with each recorded answer and will be evaluated as the latest ability estimate of the candidate. 

AMC MCQ SCORE

A cut-off is defined for the entire examination, and the candidate will be measured against this point regardless of the questions with which they were administered or the group of candidates with whom the candidate was examined. 

When it comes to computing the passing score of the candidate, The AMC Exam score is a representation of the candidate's ability level, measured on a scale of 0 to 500 for convenience. A passing score is set at 250 on this scale. It is important to complete all 150 items in the AMC CAT MCQ examination to ensure sufficient information for a reliable and accurate assessment of the candidate's ability. 

Failure to complete all items may result in an incomplete determination of the candidate's ability and, consequently, an indeterminate result on the AMC adaptive scale. The examination result may be recorded as Fail insufficient data to obtain a result. Each candidate receives a computer-generated transcript of their results and feedback on their performance in the MCQ examination.

WHAT DOES THE AMC EXAM SYLLABUS INCLUDE?

The MCQ examination is a comprehensive examination of applied medical knowledge and practice. The syllabus for this examination includes adult health (medicine and surgery), women's health, child health, mental health, and population health.

The 150 MCQs selected for this examination are weighed in the following manner.

AMC CAT MCQ BLUEPRINT

ITEM TOTALS

Adult health (medicine)

30%

Adult health (surgery) 

20%

Women's health (Obs, Gyn)

12.5%

Child health 

12.5%

Mental health

12.5%

Population health

12.5%

Item Total

100%

Adult Health Medicine and Adult Health Surgery

A large portion of adult health and aged care consists of these patient groups. This section involves sufficient knowledge of medical sciences related to physiology, biochemistry, anatomy, and pharmacology and an extensive understanding of pathobiology and pathophysiology.

Developing and practising clinical skills like communication, history taking, physical examination, and counselling, along with an appropriate understanding of principles of treatment and familiarity with current management strategies, are also essential.

Women's Health 

When it comes to women's healthcare, gynaecology covers a broad spectrum. Gynaecology and obstetrics involve all the above-mentioned principles of adult health, accompanied by an understanding of the basic sciences as they apply to reproduction and the effects of pathobiology and pathophysiology on the reproductive process.

Child Health 

Child health comprises developmental dimensions of children's health from foetal development and transition to extrauterine life to the end of adolescence, including growth, physical development, puberty and intellectual development in normal and abnormal situations. 

The syllabus encompasses a comprehensive range of core clinical skills and the management of common and significant conditions in various healthcare settings, including emergency, ambulatory, inpatient, and convalescent settings. This includes medical, surgical, and psychosocial interventions aimed at addressing these conditions effectively.

Mental health 

The evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of physiological, behavioural, and mental illnesses, disorders, and addictions dealt with by all age groups are covered. The assessment process includes history, mental state features, investigations, and comorbidities, with the management approach including the use of psychological/behavioural, physical, pharmacological and psychotherapeutic interventions, with their risks and benefits.

Population Health and Ethics

Population health strategies for improved health of the targeted population include screening activities, surveillance, vaccination programs, population-level education, epidemiology and legislation or disease management measures. 

Population health concepts are relevant and applicable in various healthcare settings and for all patient groups. These concepts encompass strategies for health promotion and disease prevention. Ethical considerations address professional conduct, including matters related to boundaries, patient confidentiality, informed consent, and the identification of impaired doctors. 

Legal issues encompass the regulations governing the Australian healthcare system and the provision of optimal medical care.

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Conclusion

Doctors aspiring to migrate to Australia can take the AMC examination. With the right guidance and preparation methods, clearing this step will not be as complicated as you think. Clearing the AMC and migrating to Australia to set up a top-notch healthcare career will be huge milestones. If you are confused about where to start or have questions in mind, reach out to us, and we will gladly assist you.

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Dr. Akram Ahmad
Dr. Akram Ahmad
about the author

Dr. Akram Ahmad is a clinical pharmacist and lecturer with over 10 years of teaching and research experience across various subjects of medicine in India, Malaysia and Australia. He is an educationist and a medpreneur with extensive knowledge of the global healthcare diaspora. Through his articles, videos and engaging sessions, he always aims to impart unexplored knowledge about the healthcare world to interested students and professionals.