Prepare for success in the Australian Medical Council (AMC) clinical exam required for overseas-trained doctors to practise medicine in Australia, with the Bridging Course in Clinical Practice For International Medical Graduates at Victoria University.
Developed by Health Education Australia Limited (HEAL, formerly VMPF) in partnership with Victoria University, this course covers requirements of the AMC for overseas qualified doctors whose medical qualifications are not yet recognised in Australia.
If you have passed the first AMC exam (multiple choice questions), this course will help you to prepare for the second phase of medical registration – the clinical examination.
Learn to apply your medical qualifications within the Australian health system. You'll practise patient care in an Australian context through a range of methods, including:
- communication classes, focused on patient–doctor interactions within Australian cultural and legal frameworks
- role-playing for using Australian medical reference material in a treatment setting
- hospital placements with tutorials and lectures from medically qualified instructors.
HEAL has offered clinical bridging courses since 1981, and there are very few courses of equal quality.
As well as practical learning, you'll revise your diagnostic, management and consulting theory in relation to surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, general practice, paediatrics and psychiatry as practised in the Australian health system.
This course requires students to complete the following four units:
This course has been developed by Health Education Australia Limited (HEAL, formerly VMPF) in partnership with Victoria University with the support of DEST in response to steady demand from overseas trained doctors. . The course has been delivered by HEAL (formerly VMPF), since 1981. The need for this course has been demonstrated by continuing demand for IMGs as reported by HEAL. The course is a preparatory program that is currently available to assist IMGs to sit examinations that overseas trained doctors are required to undertake. The Clinical Bridging course meets the needs of candidates who have passed the first level of the Australian Medical Council (AMC) examinations – the AMC multiple choice question (MCQ) exam. The HIMG Course is designed as a bridging course to assist students to prepare for and pass the second, clinical phase of medical registration – the AMC Clinical examination.
This course focus is designed to prepare students for the Australian Medical Council Clinical Examination to assist them to be 'safe to practice'. From a VU perspective and the HEAL/VU MOU, this course consists of communication skills taught by a VU teacher. Other aspects of the course include hospital placement with tutorials and lectures from medically qualified tutors. , The communication skills component is offered by Victoria University in the form of 12 hours of classes per week.
Admission & pathways
Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.
Participants are overseas qualified doctors whose medical qualifications are not yet recognised in Australia. Participants must have already passed the first part of the Australian Medical Council (AMC) examinations - the AMC MCQ Examination.
How to register
Applications are taken through our partner institute, Health Education Australia Limited (HEAL).
This course allows students to defer fees through a government loan scheme called FEE-HELP. To access FEE-HELP, you must hold Australian citizenship or permanent residency in Australia (no temporary visa holders). When enrolling, you will be asked to provide proof of your residency as well as other relevant documentation.
More information about FEE-HELP is available on the Study Assist website.
To apply, go to the HEAL site, add the course to your cart and fill in your contact details. You won't be required to pay upfront, as fees are deferred by FEE-HELP. Applications and enrolments will follow.