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Based around a core curricula, every medical school will run their medical program slightly differently recognising their individual context, characteristics, student entry point and criteria, and teaching methods.

In collaboration with the Australian Medical Council (AMC), Medical Deans developed an initiative to enable schools to assess the performance of their students and graduates relative to other schools, to ensure they remain at the required high standard, and to enable them to evaluate changes to their student selection criteria, curricula and teaching methods.

The assessment benchmarking an initiative is underway in a portion of our medical schools who run coordinated benchmarking tests, utilising the AMC’s item bank of over 6,000+ scored multiple choice items covering the major medical disciplines, each fully calibrated with supporting Item Response Theory (IRT) data.

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

Medical Deans Clinical Discipline Benchmarking Project

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

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