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This Project is a joint initiative of the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and Medical Deans  and draws upon the AMC’s item bank of over 6,000+ scored multiple choice items, covering the major medical disciplines and each fully calibrated with supporting Item Response Theory (IRT) data for potential use in graduate level examinations.

Data and feedback are then collated and analysed, and provided to each participating medical school to support ongoing quality improvement, and to the AMC to support any necessary re-calibration of the standard of their examinations.

Medical Deans Clinical Discipline Benchmarking Project (2014-2019)

In 2014, the Medical Deans led a pilot project to develop a national approach to demonstrate quality graduate outcomes, with the specific aim of supporting medical schools in benchmarking their graduates’ performance in specialty-specific areas relative to other medical schools across Australia and New Zealand.

After the completion of the funded pilot project, the Medical Deans continued the work, in the following disciplines:

  • 2019 – General Practice
  • 2018 – Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • 2017 – Psychiatry
  • 2016 – Surgery
  • 2015 – Paediatrics
  • 2014 – Internal Medicine

From 2020 onwards, this project was renamed ‘AMSAC – Clinical’, and is managed by the Australian Medical Schools Assessment Collaboration.

For more details on this work or if you have any queries, please contact the Medical Deans’ office on