CREST Program

Internation Medical Graduates Support Program

 Component 1: Induction Program (2 months)

 Component 2: AMC 2 Clinical Exam Preparation Program (4 months)


Program Duration: 6 months

Start Date: February 2nd

Frequency: Weekly sessions for Induction program, followed by Bi-weekly sessions for the rest of the program


Component 1: Induction Program (2 months)

 Program Objectives:

  • Equip IMGs with essential knowledge and skills for successful clinical practice in Australia.
  • Build confidence in history taking, clinical reasoning, communication, prioritization, and decision-making.
  • Foster integration into the Joondalup Health Campus community and Australian healthcare system.

 Program Structure:

  • Monthly sessions (4 weeks): Each month will focus on a broad clinical theme, with each week delving deeper into specific aspects.
  • Format: Each session will include a mix of lectures, case scenarios, small group discussions, simulation exercises, and practical skill demonstrations.
  • Mentorship program: Pair IMGs with experienced clinicians for ongoing support and guidance.


Monthly Themes and Weekly Topics:


Month 1: Foundations of Australian Healthcare


  • Week 1: Welcome and Introduction to Australian Healthcare System (Public vs. Private, Medicare, Healthcare Teams)


  • Week 2: History Taking and Physical Examination Skills (Techniques, Cultural Considerations)
  • Week 3: Procedural Skills and Clinical Techniques (Common Procedures, Equipment Familiarization)


  • Week 4: Professionalism and Ethics (Medical-Legal Issues, Team Dynamics, Cultural Humility)


Month 2: Core Clinical Practice Skills


  • Week 5: Clinical Reasoning and Differential Diagnosis (Diagnostic Strategies, Evidence-Based Medicine)


  • Week 6: Prioritization and Decision Making (Clinical Practice Guidelines, Escalation of Care)


  • Week 7: Communication Skills (Patient Communication, Breaking Bad News, Cultural Competency)


  • Week 8: Introduction- AMC 2 Exam
    • Introduction to the AMC 2 exam format, structure, and expectations.
    • Overview of OSCE stations and scoring criteria.
    • Introduction to communication skills assessment in clinical scenarios.





Component 2: AMC 2 Clinical Exam Preparation Program (4 months)

 Program Objectives:

  • Equip IMGs with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully pass the AMC Clinical Exam (AMC 2).
  • Enhance understanding of core medical topics across key specialties: medicine, surgery, paediatrics, general practice, and communication.
  • Build confidence in clinical reasoning, problem-solving, and application of knowledge to clinical scenarios.

Program Structure:

  • Monthly themes: Each month will focus on a specific theme, encompassing relevant topics across the five key areas.
  • Bi-weekly sessions (2 per month): Sessions will be held every other week, allowing for dedicated study time and application of learned concepts.
  • Format: Sessions will include a mix of lectures, OSCE practice with constructive feedback.


Monthly Themes and Weekly Topics:


Month 3-4: Specialty Focus – Medicine, Surgery, Obstetric and Gynae


Week 1-2: Internal Medicine

  • Common medical conditions and their management.
  • Interpretation of diagnostic tests. 

Week 3-4: Surgery and Obstetric/Gynae

  • Surgery OSCEs
  • Obstetric/Gynae
    • Obstetric and gynaecological history taking.
    • Antenatal and postnatal care OSCEs
    • Common gynaecological conditions OSCEs


Month 5: Specialty Focus – Paediatrics, Psychiatry, and Communication Skills


Week 1-2: Paediatrics

  • Paediatric history taking and examination.
  • Common Childhood Illnesses OSCEs

Week 3-4: Psychiatry and Communication Skills

  • Psychiatric Assessment:
    • Psychiatric history taking.
    • Mental state examination.
    • Psychiatry OSCEs
  • Communication and Counselling:
    • Breaking bad news.


Month 6: OSCE Practice and Mock Exams 


Week 1-3: OSCE Practice Sessions

  • Rotational Stations:
    • Medicine, Surgery, Obs/Gynae, Paediatrics, Psychiatry, and Communication Skills.
  • Structured Feedback:
    • Individualized feedback on performance.
    • Tips for improvement in specific areas.

 Week 4-6: Mock Exam (if possible)

  • Full-length Mock Exams:
    • Simulated exam environment with timed stations.
    • Detailed feedback sessions after each mock exam.
  • Final Review and Exam Strategies:
    • Revision of high-yield topics.
    • Time management strategies for the exam day.
    • Stress management techniques.


Additional Support and Resources:

  • Study Materials:
    • Provide recommended textbooks and online resources- Dropbox link
    • Access to medical journals and research articles.
  • Mentorship and Support:
    • To guide IMGs throughout the program.
    • Q&A sessions and online forums for doubt clarification.
  • Networking Opportunities:
    • Guest lectures by experienced medical professionals- Dr Neppe, Dr Vergesse
    • Networking events with local doctors and healthcare professionals- WhatsApp group
  • Ad hoc session follows the needs of the candidates.


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