Structured Assessment using Multiple Patient Scenarios

The Structured Assessment Using Multiple Patient Scenarios (StAMPS) is a unique assessment which blends the formats of an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and a traditional viva vocè examination.

StAMPS scenarios are designed to reflect real life situations where clinical management must often proceed prior to a definitive diagnosis being made.

Primary Curriculum (PC) StAMPS is designed to test your performance across the primary curriculum with consideration of the seven domains of practice. It assesses that you are able to practise safely as an independent practitioner in a rural or remote context.

PC StAMPS is delivered as follows:

  • Via video conferencing from your own community or face to face at a venue arranged by the College
  • Using a fictional rural community to set the context for answering questions, often referred to as ‘StAMPSville’
  • Eight scenarios delivered by eight examiners, with each examiner delivering one scenario
  • Pre-reading material on all scenarios provided 10 minutes pre-exam, and
  • Five minutes between scenarios to consider the material for the next scenario and make notes.


You must complete 24 months of training to be eligible for the PC StAMPS.

PC StAMPS should be the final assessment that you sit once you have successfully completed all other PC assessments.

Preparing for StAMPS

Ensure that you have substantial experience across rural and remote community primary care and hospital and emergency care. Practise the skills required for StAMPS.

The following advice was developed by medical educators and registrars:

  • Seek regular constructive feedback throughout your training from a number of sources: supervisor, mentor, medical educator and peers.
  • Practise your responses in a StAMPS scenario format and timing as often as you can with your supervisor, peers and medical educator.
  • Use the rural context presented in the community profile ‘StAMPSville’ as your point of reference for each scenario when practising.
  • Participate in mock exams, study groups and preparation sessions offered by ACRRM or your RTO.
  • Seek professional help if stress is affecting your preparation.
  • Arrive for your assessment in plenty of time, allowing at least 15 additional minutes prior to the start time to allow for unexpected events such as heavy traffic.
  • Use the reading time to prepare for each scenario.
  • Use positive and active language.
  • Present your management of the case in the scenario in a systematic and clear way: “First I would… Then I would… I would also consider…”
  • Describe your proposed actions and provide evidence to support your decision.
  • Answer with confidence and fluency, demonstrating your familiarity with the ‘StAMPSville’ context in your management approach to each scenario.

Study groups

StAMPS study groups are held for both the Primary Curriculum and AST EM StAMPS assessment. These study groups are held via online virtual classrooms, facilitated by experienced Medical Educators and run for eight weeks leading up to the exam. Registrars enrol for the study groups at the same time as enrolling in the exam.

It is recommended that you undertake study groups in the semester you are undertaking the StAMPS assessment.

StAMPS mock exams

The mock exam covers Primary Curriculum content but is strongly recommended for registrars prior to undertaking either PC or AST StAMPS. The StAMPS mock exam is delivered by StAMPS examiners. Candidates undertake StAMPS scenarios in exam conditions and are provided with feedback both face to face on the day and, following the exam, in writing.

You should undertake the mock exam in the semester prior to undertaking the actual StAMPS assessment.

Key StAMPS resources

Key dates for StAMPS in 2018


First semester

Second semester

Enrolments close

22 January 2018

4 June 2018

StAMPS Mock Exam

7 & 8 April 2018

15 & 16 September 2018

Study groups

Week commencing 12 February 2018 

Week commencing 2 July 2018

Assessment dates

19 & 20 May 2018

13 & 14 October 2018