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Demographics and performance of candidates in the examinations of the Australian Medical Council, 1978–2019

Balakrishnan (Kichu) R Nair and Mulavana Parvathy
Med J Aust 2021; 215 (1): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51119
Published online: 5 July 2021

To the Editor: We are two international medical graduates who have been inducting, assessing and mentoring international medical graduates for many years. We found the article by Yeoman and colleagues1 very interesting and agree with their conclusions. However, one of the most important innovations by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) — the introduction of the workplace‐based assessment (WBA) program2 — was not mentioned. The current clinical examination by the AMC tests the clinical competency of the candidates. What is needed is an assessment of performance, as it is well known that many international medical graduates struggle in the workplace after passing the clinical examination.

  • Balakrishnan (Kichu) R Nair
  • Mulavana Parvathy

  • Centre for Medical Professional Development, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, NSW


Correspondence: kichu.nair@newcastle.edu.au

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