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  1. Hi Anthony,
    I am graduating in Medicine from a AMC recognised English medium medical college from India in March 2020. Medium of instruction is in English and all the assessments were done in English.
    I am an Australia Citizen and had all my primary and secondary education in Australia (From Year 2 to Year 12).
    Do I need to sit in English Language test?
    I am planning to take AMC MCQ test next year.

      1. Hi Mr. Anthony. My name is Sima Hussain. I am a medical graduate from Afghanistan and currently doing my specialty in Intensive Cardiology in Azerbaijan. Do I need to appear in AMC standard pathway exam or I can directly apply for the specialty pathway after receiving my specialty diploma?
        I will be glad to hear from you!


        1. Hello if you are applying as a specialist you don’t need to do the AMC Standard Pathway. It would depend on your experience and qualifications and cardiology is difficult in Australia.

  2. Hello, I am a “Bangladeshi” citizen, I have completed my medical college and 1 year internship from “China” this year. I don’t have my license or registration to practice in Bangladesh as I am foreign graduate. I am planning to take AMC MCQ exam. Is my medical license or registration to practice in Bangladesh is required to get a job in Australia?

  3. Hi Anthony, I’m a GP in Indonesia.
    I have a question, my medical school is not register as one of medical school which is recognized by AMC, my question is, is it possible for me to apply for AMC exams ?
    Thank you

  4. Hi Anthony. What is the best time/period of the year to look and apply for jobs. And also, does Australia have a lot latin american doctors? I’m from Honduras and graduating this year, and the relationship between latin americans and the australian healthcare system is a topic that I’ve always been intereted in.


    1. Hi Oscar

      Thanks for the query. I’m not exactly sure of the number of Latin American doctors in Australia but it will be small. When to look for a job depends on whether you are a trainee doctor or specialist. For trainees you are best to avoid the peak orientation period of January and the annual medical recruitment period of July to Septemberish.

  5. Hi Anthony, I am an overseas graduate and i have completed my Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery . However, after completing my degree I could not do my internship year as I had to move to Australia. Now I am planning to sit for the AMC Exams.

    My question is, since I dont have any sort of experience from my home country, so even after I clear my AMC exams, would I be able to practice in Australia?

    Your help would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Hi Lara. The short answer is you will need to do an internship somewhere. Passing the Part 1 AMC exam will still help you. If you want further guidance I suggest booking a coaching call with me.

  6. Is there a “good month” and a “bad month” to appear for AMC mcq exam? For example, some people are saying that May is the worst month because in May Australian medical School Students are writing their MCQs so competition is higher. Do you have any comments on it? Thanks.

    1. Australian medical students don’t sit the AMC exams. So it sounds like you are listening to the wrong people. There’s no particular month that is good or bad.

  7. Hi Anthony,

    Thank you for preparing this. I have query regarding registration requirement to obtain limited registration with AHPRA. I completed my medical degree in France. In France we complete our internship during our medical degree rather than it being completed post graduation. Once you graduate you chose your speciality and commence your residency. I moved to Australia on a permanent basis after completing my medical degree (inc internship) however did not proceed with my residency as such I did not register with the medical board in France. Will that be an issue in obtaining limited registration here in Australia? Thank you.

    1. In these circumstances, you would generally not be required to complete an internship. However, not having proof of registration in another country may be an issue for the MBA. Can you apply for registration in France still?

  8. Hello Anthony, my question is regarding the WBA. I have completed my AMC part 1, so now if i work for 12 month under supervision that will provide me with limited registration after which i can apply for WBA which is also for 12 month which will grant me the certificate and then for the full general registration i have to work for 12 month under supervision. is this right, do i have to spend 3 years to gain general registration without clinical exam ?
    sorry for the confusion if i was not able to explain

    1. Hi the WBA is only offered at certain sites as an alternative to the Clinical Exam. So you would do it whilst you are under your 12 months supervised experience.

  9. Hi . If I pass AMC 1 from India and wish to come to Australia for the clinical exam what visa options do I have ?

    1. Generally, most doctors either apply for a tourist visa or a student visa. You should speak to a registered migration agent for official advice.

  10. Hi, I want to know the job opportunities as an IMG after I pass AMC mcq while awaiting to finish the clinical examination. Is it possible to work immediately after part 1 pass scores & which training hospitals are preferred?
    Thanks in advance

    1. Yes, it is possible. But you are competing with many other doctors in the same situation. The AMC lists a number of health services that have the WBA program. These are often preferred sites. But again even more competitive as they have the WBA.

  11. Hi Anthony

    I’m a bit confused with the internship and the “12 months supervised practice” that is taken after the AMC certification. Is the 12 months the same as the internship you are talking about? If they’re not the same, how are they different? How is a candidate graded in this time period? What will be the working conditions? Can all hospitals in Australia hold this? Will I have a salary or allowance while taking the the 12 months supervised practice?

    Is the general registration equivalent to having the medical license to practice in Australia? If not, how are they different?

    1. Hello, the 12 months supervised practice is a period similar to the internship in that it mirrors what interns here are required to do, i.e. satisfactorily complete 48 weeks of work and terms in Medicine, Surgery and Emergency Medicine.
      It is not the same as an internship because internships are reserved for local graduates. So you need to apply for resident jobs that can give you a similar experience, i.e. the next job up in the system.
      Most public hospitals in Australia employ residents as do a few private hospitals.
      You get paid when you do these jobs. It’s Australia.
      General Registration is equivalent to having your full medical license in countries that have a licensing system.
      It means you can in theory practice independently.

      1. Thank you for answering my queries. You and this article have definitely helped with understanding the process into getting to Australia.

  12. Hi Anthony,

    I’m an Indian, studying medicine in China and will graduate in July 2023 including completion of my one year internship.
    When can I appear for AMC MCQ part 1?
    Can I get a job after clearing the part 1 MCQ exam or will I have to wait to clear the second part as well? How difficult is it to get a job after clearing part 1?
    Also, I wanted to ask if I can clear PLAB 1 and 2 and do a year of non training job in the NHS, will it be easier to get a training job in Australia?

    1. Hi Sanyukta those first 2 questions are actually answered in this post.
      We also have a post comparing the PLAB vs AMC.

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