Best way to prepare for AMC
Australian Medical Council or otherwise known as AMC is a board that controls or handles the standards of education and training of the medical profession for International Medical Graduates. They take tests and certain credibility in the medical field of Australia. To be eligible for studying in Australia, It is required for every medical student to take an exam and for that, a detailed AMC Preparation is required.
The AMC exam consists of a number of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), 150 questions to be exact. These 150 MCQs are A-type MCQs. And any IMG undertaking this AMC exam must correctly answer these MCQs or risk result being recorded as Fail.
Australian Medical Council (AMC) Examination
The AMC exam contains both a computer-administered, multiple-choice examination (AMC CAT MCQ) and a clinical examination.
AMC MCQ CAT Examination
The AMC MCQ CAT examination focuses on basic and applied medical knowledge across a wide range of topics and disciplines. Also, it examines the student’s prowess in exercising clinical reasoning and intelligence in distinguishing between the correct diagnosis and its probable alternatives.
AMC Clinical Exam
The AMC clinical exam checks for the candidate’s capacity to conduct a physical examination, formulate management plans and communicate with patients and their families.
Preparation for the AMC Exam
So, what might be the best way for AMC exam preparation? What makes it efficient for an individual to start AMC preparation and finish AMC preparation?
List of AMC MCQ exam preparation books
1. AMC MCQ – Handbook of multiple-choice questions
AMC MCQ – Handbook of multiple-choice questions is undoubtedly one of the first books to acquire prior to starting your prep work. The book is full of multiple-choice questions that are complete with a subject-wise compilation of important sample questions and a detailed explanation of how to arrive at the correct expected answer. This book also touches upon high yield topics and has sample question papers that you can use to time yourselves whilst answering, quite akin to an actual exam.
2. Anthology of multiple-choice questions
It is often referred to as the Bible of Differential Diagnosis amongst AMC aspirants, the book is a near-perfect compilation of common symptoms and an exhaustive list of conditions that can present with these symptoms. It also carries pictures of important presentations that are helpful to visually remember different disorders.
3. John Murtagh’s General Practice
This book is golden for protocols and tenets in the management of important and common presentations in general practice.
4. Good medical practice
A book of professionalism, law, and ethics, mentioned as a valuable reference book on the AMC website.
5. Guidelines for preventative activities in general practice
It’s also known as the RED BOOK and it is published by the RACGP is an important reference for preventative guidelines and pro-active primary and secondary care for common conditions seen in Australian general practice.
Subjects that are the focus of the AMC MCQ-CAT exam are Medicine, Surgery, Child Health, Women’s health, Mental health, Population Health, General Practice, Law and Ethics, and misc. These individual subjects have been mentioned along with recommended publications on the official website. https://www.amc.org.au/publications/suggested-reading-material-for-examination-preparation/
Although it is entirely up to the student to choose their preferred reference textbook, it is also important to bear in mind the latest editions and changes in practice protocols. These are achieved by keeping up to date with important online sources. A few examples are rch, rcog, etc that are regularly updated.
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