23 Aug 2018
A survey designed to find out how well interns felt medical school prepared them for their internship and how medical schools could improve how they prepare graduates for internship will be sent to all interns in Australia in August 2018.
The survey will be online, voluntary and anonymous. De-identified and aggregated results data will be published and shared with medical schools and standards organisations, to shape future medical training improvements. Privacy and confidentiality are guaranteed.
The survey is a joint effort between the Australian Medical Council and the Medical Board of Australia, which set standards for medical school programs and the intern year. This is the second year we have run the survey.
A core aim of medical student training is to make sure that medical graduates are prepared to start work safely as junior doctors working under supervision.
‘We want to hear directly from interns about their experiences and find out how well they think their medical training prepared them for their internship,’ said MBA Chair, Dr Joanna Flynn AM.
‘There is a big jump in expectations from student placement to working as an intern and being responsible for patient care. By understanding the issues interns face, we can help the agencies who influence medical training to better prepare graduates for the workplace,’ she said.
AMC President, Associate Professor Jillian Sewell AM, said while medical graduates enter internship well qualified by their education and training, there are challenges in the transition from student to intern.
‘When they start their internship, interns take on clinical responsibility, need to adapt to the culture and expectations of the workplace, learn to work in teams, manage the pace of work and handle sometimes stressful, demanding situations,” she said.
The survey results will help the Board and the AMC address difficulties in the transition from medical school to internship, close potential gaps in training and avoid duplication between intern and medical school training.
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