Education & training
AMC Clinical Bridging Program
- The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) occasionally offers a Clinical Skills Bridging Program for international medical graduates (IMGs) preparing for the Australian Medical Council (AMC) Clinical examination. The course is usually held over 4 Fridays and 4 subsequent Saturdays, 9 am to 5 pm. A trial exam will be held on a Saturday at the conclusion of the program.
- A trial MCQ examination is available from the AMC for $25AUD.
Sapmea IMG exam preparation workshop
Sapmea is holding an exam preparation course especially for IMGs in Adelaide on the 6th of October 2012 from 8:45am to 2:30pm. For further information and registration, please click here.
Hospital tutorials are held on a regular basis at various locations. These tutorials are useful to anyone wishing to improve their medical English and familiarise themselves with the Australian health care system and Australian medical culture. Some tutorials are specific to exam preparation for IMGs, others are regular hospital information sessions that IMGs are welcome to attend.
For further information or attendance please contact the Medical Education Unit at the relevant hospital on the numbers provided below.
Women's & Children's Hospital
Monday 12.30pm, Medical Round, Maxwell Seminar Room
Wednesday 12.30pm, Grand Round, Queen Victoria Lecture Theatre
Ph (08) 8161 6927
Wednesday 12.30 – 2.00pm, Grand Round, Seminar Room 1
Ph (08) 8161 2606
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Tuesday 12.30 – 1.30pm, Medical Grand Round, Main Lecture Theatre
Ph (08) 8222 6650
Thursday 4 – 5pm, Rural Clinical School
Every 2nd Friday 12 – 1pm, Grand Round/Journal Clubs, Hospital Conference rooms
Ph (08) 8726 3915
Lyell McEwin Hospital
Wednesday 12.15 – 1.30pm, Grand Round, Main Lecture Theatre (commences mid-February)
Thursday 12.15 – 1.30pm, 2E-05
Ph (08) 8182 9263
mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise (mini-CEX)
The Australian Medical Council has put together some DVDs that are designed to prepare IMGs for clinical examinations. A number of these DVDs show the mini-CEX in progress and are available for viewing by selecting the 'log in as guest' option at the following site www.saimet.portal.com.au/course/view.php?id=62.
Occupational English Test (OET) & International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Preparation Classes
It is a requirement of registration as a health professional in Australia to gain a pass in either the IELTS or the OET. A grade of at least a B pass in all four sections of the OET or a score of at least 7 in all four sections of the IELTS is required.
The Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) is based at Flinders University and offers regular OET preparation classes throughout the year. These classes deal specifically with the four different areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening, as well as pronunciation.
Many health professional students who have completed the IELI OET preparation classes have had success in gaining registration and are now working in SA hospitals.
See English language skills test page for further information.
The Australian Government DoctorConnect website presents an overview of the Australian health system to provide a basic understanding for IMGs. For further information visit the DoctorConnect website: www.doctorconnect.gov.au
Some of the clinical bridging courses and cultural awareness courses also include training on the healthcare system.
Some hospitals offer observerships to IMGs, please contact hospitals directly to arrange.