Since 1996, the Centre for International Medical Graduates (CIMG) has provided programs for international medical graduates (IMGs) preparing for the Australian Medical Council (AMC) examinations.
The Centre for International Medical Graduates (CIMG) is part of Queensland Health’s Recruitment Assessment Placement Training and Support (RAPTS) Program for IMGs.
CIMG is located in Clinical Skills Development Service Centre which is a state of the art education and training facility within the grounds of the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Amongst the CIMG staff are medical communication consultants who are experienced in teaching non-English speaking background health professionals. CIMG liaises with a large number of health professionals including medical administrators, clinicians, directors of clinical training and medical education officers, who provide input into program design and delivery including assessing and teaching during trial examinations.
The AMC is an independent statutory authority and it is located in Canberra. The purpose of the AMC is to ensure that standards of education, training and assessment of the medical profession promote and protect the health of the Australian community.
The AMC is the national body responsible for the:
The AMC assesses international medical graduates who want to practise medicine in Australia. The assessment process follows different pathways. For further information about the AMC examination process, please visit: www.amc.org.au
CIMG offers programs and resources for IMGs who are employed as medical practitioners by Queensland Health and the Mater Misericordiae Public Hospitals, to assist them in their preparation for the Australian Medical Council (AMC) exams. Some of these include:
The Clinical Preparation program aims to prepare IMGs for the AMC Clinical Examination. This includes weekly video conference clinical preparation workshops, held each Wednesday night from 6pm-9pm. These Workshops are delivered in a role play format with oversight provided by consultants from different disciplines and CIMG Educators.
The Clinical Preparation Program also includes trial examinations with consultant and patient feedback which offers practice in exam technique, the opportunity to finetune communication and cultural skills together with clinical knowledge and skills in an Australian context. As well, CIMG Educators located in health service districts conduct individual and small group tutorials in districts on a regular basis. This includes roleplay sessions with feedback.
Workshops are conducted at the request of District Management or Medical Education Units and are designed to support all non-English speaking background IMGs. These interactive workshops provide the opportunity for IMGs to practise their communication skills. The workshops include: taking a general history, taking a gynaecology history, taking a sexual history, providing management and treatment plans to patients and breaking bad news.
For more information about programs and services, please contact:
Centre for International Medical Graduates (CIMG)
PO Box 470
Herston, Queensland, Australia 4029
Facsimile: +61 7 3636 6209