About WBA

About the Workplace Based Assessment (WBA) program in WA

The WBA program in Western Australia (WA) is 12 months in duration. Through assessment in the everyday workplace, the WBA program assesses an IMG’s clinical skills and knowledge at the level expected of an Australian medical graduate at the end of postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) or internship level across the six different clinical areas of adult medicine, adult surgery, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology (women’s health), paediatrics (child health) and psychiatry (mental health). The WBA is an assessment program, not a bridging or a training course.

The content and the assessment standard of all accredited WBA programs are approved by the AMC and overseen by the AMC Board of Examiners to ensure consistency across programs and with AMC examinations. Throughout the WBA program in WA, IMGs are assessed by experienced senior clinicians across a range of clinical areas, skills and dimensions. Using multiple assessors broadens the scope of assessment and ensures a more robust assessment process.

Assessments will consist of a combination of Mini-Clinical Examination (Mini-CEX), Direct Observation of Clinical Skills (DOPS), External Assessment (Report), Case Based Discussion (CBD), Supervisor Reports and Multisource Feedback (MSF). All assessments are reviewed and signed by the WBA Program Director, uploaded to the AMC WBA assessment portal and reviewed by the AMC following the completion of the program.

Successful completion of the WBA program in WA results in the candidate being awarded the AMC Certificate. Participation in the WBA program does not guarantee registration; candidates must meet all of the requirements of the Board prior to being granted general registration. More information on requirements for general registration can be found here.

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